Rafael Nadal was showered with congratulations by the likes of Prince Felipe of Spain, Usain Bolt and Pau Gasol. All were in Paris to watch the King of Clay do what he does best to win his eighth French Open, defeating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday. The love continued online, as Nadal’s colleagues, followers and friends marveled at just how much he’s been able to accomplish at age 27.
With 12 major titles, he’s now tied with Roy Emerson for No. 3 all time, just two behind Pete Sampras’ 14 and five behind Roger Federer’s record of 17. He also became the first man to win a major after skipping two straight Slams.
Here’s a sampling of the Twitter reaction to Nadal’s continued dominance on clay.
Congrats to rafa. 8 French open titles? Incredible—
Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) June 09, 2013
Rafa has new tel. number you should dial 8- 63 62 63—
Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) June 09, 2013
¡¡Felicitaciones, Rafa!! Histórico 8 RG. ¡Te lo merecés!—
juan del potro (@delpotrojuan) June 09, 2013
Nadal is playing some scary tennis—
Tim Smyczek (@timsmyczek) June 09, 2013
And tomorrow, Ferrer goes to no. 4 and Nadal to no. 5, Rafa keeps going at this rate he'll be out of top 100 by August!—
Pete Bodo (@ptbodo) June 09, 2013
Big shoutout to David Ferrer. The guy's a model for all athletes. Never stops & keeps improving. Outplayed today but should be proud.—
Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) June 09, 2013
Rafael Nadal is probably going to win most of the Mallorcan ESPYs again this year.—
SportsPickle (@sportspickle) June 09, 2013
Congratulations Rafael Nadal on your 1,000,000th French Open title!—
James LaRosa (@JamesLaRosa) June 09, 2013
I still think Rafa's sister looks like someone who would have hung out with Patti Smith back in the day.—
David Rosenberg (@RosenbergTennis) June 09, 2013
Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) June 09, 2013