"I'm super happy for him" admits Gael Monfils on Nadal's Australian Open triumph

Watching Rafael Nadal win another Grand Slam gave Gael Monfils a lot of “pleasure” with the Frenchman admitting that the Spaniard’s 21st major was “huge and exceptional”.

Thirteen years after winning his first Australian Open title, Nadal lifted the Australian Open trophy for the second time after defeating Daniil Medvedev in a five-set thriller on Sunday. His Melbourne Park success also helped him to secure a record 21st major, which puts him one ahead of his great rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the race for the most Grand Slams.

The triumph came at age 35 for Nadal that left another 35-year old impressed and it's Gael Monfils whose career ran parallel with Nadal for many years. On the victory Monfils said:

“I grew up with Nadal and I’m super happy for him. It’s huge and exceptional, this 21st Grand Slam. I thought it was nice to see him like that. The older we get, the stronger the emotions too."

Monfils further said:

“When I see Rafa, I see my friend who is a hit, who is still winning, and that really gives me pleasure. You share that with him, the story is fabulous. I have nothing against Daniil, but for Rafa, it’s just magic.”

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