Nadal reacts after Djokovic equal's his record

Serbian tennis star also reclaims number one spot in rankings

By Web Desk
January 30, 2023
Novak Djokovic (left) and Spain’s Rafael Nadal on the court before the final of French Open on October 2022 — Reuters 

Rafael Nadal has reacted after Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open 2023 following a victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final to equal the Spaniard's 22 Grand Slams record.

Djokovic reclaimed the top spot in the global rankings after tying Nadal in major victories.

Meanwhile, Nadal took to Instagram to post a picture of Djokovic holding the title and congratulate the Serb.

"Congrats Nole, to you and your team for this great achievement. Enjoy the moment," he wrote.

Djokovic had a good start and persevered throughout the second set to win by scores of 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) and 7-6 (7-5).

Nadal will try to make it 15 victories at Roland Garros in May. His collection of 22 Grand Slam trophies includes 14 French Open titles.

The possibility still exists for Djokovic, 35, and Nadal, 36, to pass all-time leader Margaret Court, who won 24 Grand Slam titles in the women's singles category.

Djokovic's winning streak at Melbourne Park, which has lasted a record 28 wins in men's singles, began in 2018.

He has reclaimed the title that he was unable to defend the previous year due to his deportation from Australia as a result of a dispute regarding his COVID-19 immunisation status.