Roger Federer sent a classy message of congratulations to Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard eclipsed the Grand Slam title record they shared with Novak Djokovic.
Nadal produced an awe-inspiring comeback in the trophy-decider on Sunday, recovering from losing the first two sets to beat Daniil Medvedev in a thriller.
The Melbourne match went on for almost five-and-a-half hours as the Spaniard refused to give up and gave his all to eventually secure a 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 victory.
The man from Mallorca’s win was made even more incredible by the fact it comes just a few months after he was hinting at retirement as he recovered from a painful foot injury.
Federer, whose total of 20 Grand Slam titles was eclipsed as a result of Nadal’s victory, jokingly referenced those talks of retirement as he congratulated his great rival.
“What a match!” he wrote in a public message on his Instagram story.”To my friend and great rival @RafaelNadal. 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.
Nadal’s victory was his 21st major singles title, taking him one ahead of the previous record of 20 he shared with Federer and Djokovic.
Speaking on-court at the Rod Laver Arena after his win, Nadal was grateful to simply still be playing the game he loves.
“I don’t know what to say guys. For me, it is just amazing. I did not know if I would be back on the tour playing tennis again,” he admitted.”You don’t know how much it means to be back here. You are amazing and thank you so much for all of your support.
“Without a doubt, it is one of the most emotional [periods] of my career. To have the support I have received the last three weeks will stay in my heart. So many, many thanks.”
U.S. swimmer Alvarez saved from drowning by coach at world championships in Budapest (Photos)
American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was in danger of drowning after losing consciousness in the pool at the world championships in Budapest before being rescued by her coach Andrea Fuentes.
Spaniard Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, jumped into the pool after she saw Alvarez sink to the bottom at the end of her solo free final routine.
She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.
It was the second time Fuentes has had to rescue Alvarez after she leapt into the pool during an Olympic qualification event last year and pulled her to safety along with the American’s swim partner Lindi Schroeder.
“Anita is much better, she is already at her best. It was a good scare, to be honest,” Fuentes told Spanish newspaper Marca.
“I jumped into the water again because I saw that no one, no lifeguard, was jumping in. I got a little scared because she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine. She has to rest.”
In a statement on the US Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes said 25-year-old Alvarez would be assessed by doctors on Thursday before a decision was made on her participation in Friday’s team event.
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Serie A: Pogba agrees deal with Juventus
Juventus have reached an agreement in principle to sign Paul Pogba, according to Sky Italia.
Pogba is a free agent after leaving Manchester United this summer.
It is believed that small details of the contract are being sorted out. It will either be a four-year contract or a three-year deal with an option for a further year.
Pogba will officially sign the contract at the start of July.
The move to Juventus would mark a return to a club where Pogba spent four years before rejoining United in 2016.
Manchester City also made a bid to sign Pogba from their bitter rivals, but the player opted against it and has now gone back to Italy.
LaLiga fixtures for 2022/2023 season confirmed
The LaLiga fixture list for the 2022/2023 season was released by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Thursday.
Real Madrid will open their campaign with a trip to newly promoted Almeria, while Barcelona are home to Rayo Vallecano.
The two rivals will face off in the first Clasico on the weekend of October 16.
The game on Match Day 9, will be played at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with the return fixture at Barcelona’s Camp Nou taking place on the weekend of March 19, 2023.
Atletico Madrid, who finished third last season, begin the season away at Getafe while Sevilla, who finished fourth in the final Champions League spot, will travel to Osasuna.
The 2022/23 LaLiga season will begin on the weekend of August 14, 2022, and end on the weekend of June 4, 2023.
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