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Roger Federer Praises Rafael Nadal For Having Same Records As His

On Sunday, Roger Federer saw his men's record haul of 20 single Grand Slam titles matched by Rafael Nadal and the Swiss great was swift to give the Spaniard his congratulations. To win a 13th French Open title and pull level with Federer for the first time in his career, Rafael Nadal crushed Serbia's world number one Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5. Federer, who already held four Grand Slam titles when Nadal won his maiden French Open title in 2005, said on Twitter, "I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion."

"As my biggest competitor for several years, I think we've been encouraging each other to become better players. So it's a great pleasure for me to congratulate him on his 20th victory in the Grand Slam." Nadal, 34, lost just two matches at the French Open on Sunday, racking up his 100th win. "It is particularly impressive that Roland Garros has won an unprecedented 13 times, which is one of the greatest sporting accomplishments. I also applaud his squad, since no one can do this on their own." 

In August, Federer turned 39 and missed the U.S. and French Opens while recovering from an injury, but he promised to be back next year at the Australian Open. "I hope 20 is just another step for both of us on the continuing journey, "the Swiss said." "Well done Rafa, you deserve it." With 17 Grand Slam titles, Djokovic is third on the list.


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