Rafael Nadal explains public shunning of Roger Federer after Australian Open

Rafael Nadal insists his failure to congratulate Roger Fededer on social media after his Australian Open win was not a shun.

Federer claimed a 20th grand slam title in Melbourne, with current world number one Nadal forced to retire in the quarter-finals with injury.

Following the Swiss’ victory, a plethora of stars from the tennis, sports, and entertainment world took to social media to pay tribute to the 36-year-old, with one highly notable exception.

However, Nadal insists people are reading too much into it.

“I congratulated him privately through a text message. With people I know, I do it more privately than publicly,” Nadal said,¬†as quoted by Tennis World USA.