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Rafael Nadal: 'I congratulate Novak Djokovic for another great achievement'

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Rafael Nadal has congratulated Novak Djokovic for breaking the historic world number one record last month.

On March 8, Djokovic surpassed Roger Federer's previous record of 310 weeks at world number one to ensure another major slice of history for the Serbian.

It was the latest chapter in the big three of Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal trying to outdo each other and finish their careers as the most successful male player of all time.

Nadal will be hoping to extend his lead of Djokovic in the Grand Slam count to three when he takes to his beloved red dirt of Roland Garros this summer, but in the meantime he has paid tribute to the latest 'great achievement' of his rival.

“During this period of time, for the last few years, a lot of records have been broken,” Rafael Nadal told Sasa Ozmo.

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“Three players did a lot of important things in the history of our sport. That is another great achievement for Novak, so well done for him, I congratulate him.

“As for what it means for the history of tennis: I don’t know. It is another broken record, well done.”

Neither Nadal nor Djokovic have played any competitive tennis since the Australian Open, but both will make their return at the Monte-Carlo Masters this week.

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