Rafael Nadal sent a highly refined message, to which Roger Federer reacts.

Rafael Nadal was hailed by Roger Federer for his “kind comments” after the Spaniard announced his retirement. Nadal praised Federer in a lengthy Instagram post shortly after the Swiss said he would stop competing in tennis after the Laver Cup.

The advice Nadal gave Federer was of the highest kind. “Roger, my friend and rival, please. I wished that today had never arrived. It’s a depressing day for me personally and for athletes around. When we spoke, I told you about it, and now it is here.

It has been a pleasure, as well as an honor and a privilege, to spend these years with you and share in all the incredible experiences you have had both on and off the court. In the future, we will have a lot more time to spend together because we still have a ton of things to accomplish.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the time you have left with your wife, Mirka, your children, and your family. I’ll see you at the @lavercup in London “Following the announcement of Federer‘s retirement, Nadal posted on Instagram Story.

Nadal‘s answer to Federer

Thanks for the kind remarks, Rafa, Federer captioned the tale he reposted from Nadal. One of the greatest rivalries in sports history is the one between Federer and Nadal.

40 times Federer and Nadal faced off against each other, with 24 victories going to the Spaniard. They frequently ran into one other in the championship rounds of Grand Slam tournaments and Masters competitions throughout the course of their respective careers.

Federer and Nadal will compete as a team for Team Europe in the Laver Cup. At the Laver Cup three years ago, Federer and Nadal played doubles together. It will be intriguing to observe if Federer and Nadal opt to re-split court time in the Swiss team’s championship match.