Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

‘It means a lot to equal my great rival and friend Roger Federer’ – Rafa Nadal on Grand Slam record

Rafael Nadal described equalling Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams last year as “something very special after all the history we have had together”.

The 34-year-old won his 20th major to tie Federer at the 2020 French Open, and won the Laureus world sportsman of the year award yesterday.

Nadal has shared one of the great tennis rivalries with the 39-year-old Swiss – winning 24 of their 40 meetings to date going back to 2004.

“Winning the French Open and equalling the 20th Grand Slam of Roger Federer has been an unforgettable moment,” Nadal said on winning the award on Instagram.

“It means a lot to equal my great rival, but at the same time, my great friend. It’s something very special after all the history we have had together on and off court.

“The pandemic that we are facing is something unprecedented and I want to send a message of support to all the families that have suffered or lost somebody.”


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