Tennis legend Rafael Nadal recently sent out a congratulatory message to Novak Djokovic, who set a new men’s singles Grand Slam record. It has been noted that the pair were previously tied on 22 each. But the Serb eclipsed the Spaniard by winning the French Open to clinch a record-setting 23rd title.
Novak Djokovic was in tears after scripting history by winning the French Open 2023. The Serb rewrote history on Sunday as he became the first man to lift 23 Grand Slam trophies and to win all four Majors at least three times. With the win, the Serb will also return to No 1 in the world and is now halfway to completing the Calendar Grand Slam.
Rafael Nadal sends a message to Novak Djokovic
After an incredible feat, Rafael Nadal was one of the first to congratulate his long-time rival with a classy message. Minutes after Novak Djokovic secured a 7-6(1) 6-3 7-5 victory, the Spaniard took to Twitter to celebrate his achievement.
A 14-time French Open champion himself, Nadal wrote: “Many congrats on this amazing achievement @DjokerNole 23 is a number that just a few years back was impossible to think about, and you made it! Enjoy it with your family and team!”
Many congrats on this amazing achievement @DjokerNole
23 is a number that just a few years back was imposible to think about, and you made it!
Enjoy it with your family and team! 👏🏻
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 11, 2023
This is the first time in history that Novak Djokovic has been ahead in the men’s singles Grand Slam race. Roger Federer surpassed Pete Sampras’ old record of 14 titles back in 2009 and went on to lift 20 in his career.
Rafael Nadal and Djokovic quickly attained the feat, and the Spaniard pulled ahead last year when he won his 21st and 22nd at the Australian Open and Roland Garros respectively. But the Serb has come from behind to break the record and tie Serena Williams for the most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era.