Rafael Nadal was labeled “the pride of our country” by Spain’s boss, Luis Enrique, following his recent French Open triumph.
Nadal won 13 Roland Garros titles with a straight win over Novak Djokovic on Sunday, taking Roger Federer on 20 grand slams.
It was his 100th victory at the Paris Grand Prix race, which he dominated, losing only twice.
Nadal’s 6-0 6-2 7-5 victory over Philippe Chatrier’s world number one was underscored by the fact that he committed just 14 unforced errors to his opponent’s 52.
And Luis Enrique, whose side faces Ukraine in the League of Nations on Tuesday, praised his 34-year-old compatriot.
He said: “I would like to congratulate him on behalf of the Spanish Football Federation. I recall his way of coping with defeats and his admiration for his rivals. He is the pride of our country. He gives us a Leslie lesson.
Nadal has moved to 999 career wins in all of the tournaments, with 201 defeats, and won 86 titles.