Andy Roddick recently took to social media to compliment Rafael Nadal following the Spaniard's 14th French Open triumph. The former US Open champion was in awe of Nadal and highlighted the Spaniard's unique achievement.
"Weird saying it, but this was actually a risky pick based on form and foot questions going on. Weirder saying that someone has won a single grand slam event 14 times. Grande @RafaelNadal !! Legend," Roddick said.
Nadal also surged ahead of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic by two Slams as his tally now stands at 22. With two Grand Slams still up for grabs this year, Rafael Nadal is inching closer towards achieving a calendar slam. Whether his foot injury allows him to continue his hot streak remains to be seen.
"I don't know what will happen in the future, but I'll keep fighting to keep on going" - Rafael Nadal
An emotional Rafael Nadal reflected on reaching a 14th French Open final by emphasising the importance of Roland Garros to him. Nadal had to overcome a persistent foot injury to win his 22nd Grand Slam.
Speaking in a post-match interview after the semifinals, Nadal stated that he'd choose to lose in the final if it meant he could have a healthy foot for the rest of his life. The Spaniard also said he hopes to play again at Roland Garros and will fight to keep the dream alive as long as possible.
"Being here at 36, being competitive again, playing on the most important court of my career. Playing here one more time means a lot for me. I just want to say 'Merci beaucoup' to everyone here. I don't know what will happen in the future, but I'll keep fighting to keep on going," Nadal said.
Nadal also became the oldest French Open champion at 36 years old. He broke Andres Gimeno’s long standing record, with Gimeno winning the French Open at the age of 34 years and 9 months in 1972. Nadal stands as the fourth oldest Grand Slam champion behind Australian Ken Rosewall (twice) and Swiss great Roger Federer.
The Spaniard completed his first round of radio frequency ablation treatment in Barcelona on Tuesday and will hope to participate at Wimbledon, should he recover.