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Daily Drops: Rafael Nadal sends classy message to Novak Djokovic after Wimbledon success

In Daily Drops today: Rafael Nadal sends his congratulations to Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe considers his place in history, and Bastad gets underway with a cracker.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon

In Daily Drops today: Rafael Nadal sends his congratulations to Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe considers his place in history, and Bastad gets underway with a cracker.

Rafael Nadal congratulates Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been doing the congratulations dance for a while now. Whenever one of them wins a major, the other congratulates them.

This time it is Nadal’s turn, and he made sure he got it done within 24 hours of Djokovic’s win over Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final.

Djokovic posted a photo on Instagram of his family in Centre Court, to which Nadal replied: “Wow! Great moment! Enjoy it and many congratulations!”

'Hopefully I’m top ten!'

We have got used to watching Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer fighting it out for history over a period of nearly two decades, but spare a thought for the legends of yesteryear.

While we debate which of the current ‘big three’ should be remembered as the greatest of all time, former greats have been knocked down the pecking order.

John McEnroe is one of them, although he hopes he is still clinging onto his place in the top ten.

"Safe to say I'm not the best player ever now, watching Djokovic, Nadal and Federer play the last 15 years," McEnroe told the Lorraine show.

"Hopefully I'm somewhere in the top 10! I know I've been dropping over the decades but I added some flavour and played at a high level for a while and people remember that.

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"But they also remember the other stuff which is OK. If it wasn't for that I may not be talking to you right now."

PCB reacts to Wawrinka win

It always feels a bit weird when there are clay tournaments after Wimbledon, but the ATP Tour rumbles on regardless of expectation.

Bastad is one of those that is underway and it threw up a big-name encounter in the first round.

In it, fifth seed Pablo Carreno Busta got the best of three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-4 and he was understandably happy with it.

“It was a very tough match for me in the first round,” said Carreno Busta to atptour.com.

“Against Stan it is always very difficult to start the tournament, so I’m happy because I thought my level was good.

“I played very solid from the baseline. It was a bit difficult with the wind, but I thought my serve was very good throughout the match. It was very important to my game."

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