Spaniard defeated Medvedev in five sets for the trophy
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic congratulated Rafael Nadal on Sunday shortly after the Spaniard rallied from two sets down against Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final to capture a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.
On his Instagram Stories, Federer wrote: “What a match! To my friend and great rival Rafael Nadal. Heartfelt congratulations on becoming the first man to win 21 Grand Slam singles titles. A few months ago we were joking about both being on crutches. Amazing. Never underestimate a great champion.
“Your incredible work ethic, dedication and fighting spirit are an inspiration to me and countless others around the world. I am proud to share this era with you and honoured to play a role in pushing you to achieve more, as you have done for me for the past 18 years. I am sure you have more achievements ahead but for now enjoy this one!”
Djokovic posted on his social media: “There has been some outstanding tennis played at this year’s Australian Open and the finals were exceptional. Congratulations to Ashleigh Barty for an amazing performance in front of her home crowd and Danielle Collins for an incredible tournament. Congratulations to Rafael Nadal for 21st GS. Amazing achievement. Always impressive fighting spirit that prevailed another time. Enhorabuena.
“Daniil Medvedev gave it hit all out there and played with the passion and determination we have come to expect from him.”