Despite being his nice rival on the tennis courtroom, Novak Djokovic has at present given one other instance of understanding the way to behave by being one of many first to welcome again Rafael Nadal after his victorious debut within the first spherical of the Brisbane Open 250.
Nadal has been absent for an prolonged interval because of damage points, and lots of feared that he would not be capable to play tennis on the highest stage once more, such is he advancing age.
Nadal and Djokovic have been aggressive rivals for years, though many now accent that the Serb’s achievements dwarf these of the Spaniard, who freely admits that he has performed the final decade of his profession by way of the ache barrier.
“Welcome,” wrote the Serb on a photograph of Rafa’s serve on his Instagram account, which is adopted by greater than 14 million followers.
Different tennis stars adopted go well with
Djokovic has at all times acknowledged that proper now they can not be buddies as they’re adversaries on the circuit. Nevertheless, that doesn’t detract from the aforementioned private courtesy and recognition of one another’s deserves.
Carlos Alcaraz, world quantity two, additionally confirmed on social media his happiness for the return of his idol after a 12 months away from the game.
“What a pleasure to see you again on courtroom,” Alcaraz posted.
Different fellow gamers equivalent to Alejandro Davidovich and Feliciano Lopez joined within the pattern and wished Nadal nicely upon his return to skilled tennis.
The very fact so many gamers despatched messages to Nadal highlights simply how extremely considered he’s throughout the group, and lots of are pleased to see him play once more.