Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal embrace after Swiss' win at Australian Open

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Roger Federer is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open in Melbourne after a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 masterclass over American Taylor Fritz.

The defending champion beat Fritz in straight sets as he aims to become the first man to win seven Australian Open titles.

The 37-year-old will face Stefanos Tsitipas in the fourth round, after the Greek 14th seed beat Nikoloz Bashilashvli in a hard fought match.

Federer proved dominant against the 26-year-old Greek, proving that even at 37 years old, he can hang with the best at the top of tennis as he aims to seal his status as the greatest of all time.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer’s long-time rival Rafal Nadal is set to face Australian Alex de Minaur in the third round as he looks to cement his place in the fourth round, joining Federer in the process.

The powerful Spaniard and Federer have had their differences in the past, amongst a stunning rivalry which will be forever in the history books.

However, it seems like that rivalry has been put aside for now, with pictures emerging from after Federer’s third round victory over Fritz, appearing to show Federer and Nadal embracing as they walked past each other.

As Federer made his way off court and back towards the dressing rooms, Rafal Nadal appeared to stride past, but not without showing a sign of respect for Federer on his way.

As the two giants of tennis walked past each other, Nadal offered a handshake to Federer, a symbol of respect and approval of the Swiss’s performance on the court.

The two greats of tennis currently sit at world number 1 and world number 2, with Nadal being second and Federer third, with both of them trailing Novak Djokovic, proving that they still both have what it takes despite being the tender age of 32 and 37 respectively.

Fans on social media where certainly pleased to see such an embrace from two fierce rivals who have entertained fans around the world with their top-class tennis for so long.

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