On Roger Federer’s Twitter profile, a tweet pinned since January 28, 2018 and another posted this Sunday afternoon shortly after 6.30 p.m. are answered, one below the other. Like a wink.
The first, on standby for two years and nine months now, dates from the 20th and to date the last Swiss Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open. The second evokes another 20th major title, that of Rafael Nadal, conquered by the Spaniard this Sunday after an impressive show of strength in the final against Novak Djokovic, swept in three sets.
Roger Federer could not fail to go there with his message of congratulations for this very particular rival, who tortured him a lot, especially on clay, and even more painfully at Roland-Garros, but with which he tied the knot. over the years a form of complicity.
“I have always had the greatest respect for Rafa as a person and as a champion, writes the now co-record holder for Grand Slam titles. He’s been my biggest rival for so many years, I believe we pushed each other to be better players. It is therefore a great honor for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory..”
About this 13th title at Roland Garros, Federer speaks “one of the greatest achievements in sport“. “I hope 20 is just another step in this continuing journey for both of us. Well done, Rafa. You deserve it“, concluded the Swiss.