Rafael Nadal reveals Roger Federer message after winning the French Open in 2022.
If you were wondering why Roger Federer did not tweet a celebratory social media message after Rafael Nadal won a record-extending 14th French Open championship on Sunday, the Spaniard has now revealed why. Nadal, who defeated his apprentice Casper Ruud in straight sets in the final on court Philippe Chatrier to reclaim his Roland Garros title, stated that Federer had personally texted him after the victory.
Federer made a lengthy Instagram message after Nadal won his record-tying 20th Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2019. When Nadal became the first player to win 21 Grand Slam titles, the Swiss master led the congratulations messages on Twitter. However, tennis fans on social media observed that neither Federer nor Novak Djokovic commented on Nadal’s incredible haul on Parisian clay.
However, Nadal said that Federer personally congratulated him on his victory.
“We have a good relationship and a special feeling with Roger,” Nadal told Sky Sports in Italy. “He wrote me a message after the victory to congratulate me.”
While Nadal promised to keep battling for as long as he could following his triumph on Sunday, he put doubt on his participation in Wimbledon this year, saying that his attendance at the All England Club will rely solely on how his body feels after receiving treatment for his foot issue.
Nadal, who is already two Grand Slams ahead of Djokovic and Federer on the all-time record, admitted that his absence from the circuit will allow the Serb to equal and then surpass his total.
“Anything is possible,” Nadal told the ATP. “Obviously, Novak is in the best position to defeat that since he has no physical issues and is playing at a phenomenal level.”
“Federer has been away for a long time, and you can always anticipate something extraordinary from him, but we all know how tough it is to return, especially at 40.” Let’s wait and see what occurs. It didn’t bother me when we were equal, and it still doesn’t concern me now that I’m two ahead. “All I want to do is keep competing.”