“I hope Nole thrashes him in AO if they meet” – Rafael Nadal’s quick reaction to Italy winning the Davis Cup has fans upset after the Spaniard didn’t congratulate Novak Djokovic for the ATP Finals win

Spanish legend Rafael Nadal took to his Instagram to congratulate the Italy team for their giant leap and huge success.


“I hope Nole thrashes him in AO if they meet” – Rafael Nadal’s quick reaction to Italy winning the Davis Cup has fans upset after the Spaniard didn’t congratulate Novak Djokovic for the ATP Finals win

(L-R)Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic during the Laver Cup. (credits: CNN)

It has been a week full of different emotions for World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Just a week after winning his seventh ATP Finals title, he failed to fulfill his dream of bringing the Davis Cup back to his country yet again. 

After a fantastic performance in the quarterfinals against Great Britain, the chances of a second Davis Cup for Serbia were looking bright until Jannik Sinner put a stop to Serbian hopes. 

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Italy went on to emerge victorious, putting an end to their 50-year wait. Spanish legend Rafael Nadal took to his Instagram to congratulate the Italian crew members for their giant leap and huge success. He posted a picture of the Italian players on his story with the caption:

Congratulazioni Italia Grandissimi!!!

However, as expected, this small gesture hasn’t been taken lightly by the tennis community, with fans bashing the 22-time Grand Slam title winner for his biased behavior. A few days ago, Nadal stated that he is not actively available on social media to congratulate players on their personal successes. 

Now fans are hitting back at Nadal, with netizens even questioning his professionalism, and some even went on to debate if he would have repeated the same gesture had Serbia emerged victorious. 

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Rafael Nadal’s congratulation post led to rage on social media

Rafael Nadal has been under scrutiny for his severe discrimination against Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard is known to have never quite congratulated the Serbian for his successes in the past.

Nadal also claimed that he is not quite active enough to go on congratulating players for their performances on the Internet. But after yesterday’s congratulations post for Italy’s Davis Cup success, Nadal has faced severe hate from tennis fanatics.

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(L-R)Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic during their practice session together. (credits: LaSexta)

Sharing a wide spectrum of reactions online, here’s what fans have to say:

While some fans have brought into light the biased and selfish behavior of the Spaniard, on the other hand, some fans were also hitching up on talks regarding their possible meeting at the upcoming Australian Open. The fans hoped that Djokovic could face Nadal yet again and thwart him for his ignorant behavior.  

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