Spanish great Rafael Nadal made sure to congratulate local star Coleman Wong’s junior Australian Open victory , just a day before gunning for his own history-making 21st career grand slam tennis title. The 35-year-old Nadal posted an Instagram story of Wong and American partner Bruno Kuzuhara after their Australian Open junior doubles win to his 13 million followers. “Big congrats to both! Great win of a Rafa Nadal Academy player,” said Nadal, who faces Russia’s number two seed Daniil Medvedev in the senior men’s singles final in Melbourne on Sunday. Wong, 17, has been training at Nadal’s academy in Mallorca, Spain since last November, where he has been under the guidance of 20-time grand slam-winning coach Toni Nadal and rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s best junior and senior players. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Wong Chak Lam Coleman 黃澤林 (@coleman_wong) Photos and videos soon emerged of Nadal meeting Wong post-win, where he joked around and posed for a photo with his trophy. “Two SLAMS down Tmr it will be 19 to go!!!,” Wong wrote in an Instagram post with a photo alongside the “King of Clay”. “Thank you so much and vamosss Rafael Nadal! I’m so touched!” Rafa giving a photo opp with two junior players, I think. 👬 📸 🏆 #AO2022 pic.twitter.com/elMneYyULD — Erlita ⭐️®️⭐️ (@Rafaerl_ita) January 29, 2022 Speaking to local media post-doubles final win, Wong said Nadal had been checking in with him and Academy coach James Allemby throughout the tournament. “I met Nadal before playing [in the final]. He had just finished training, and we saw each other in the restaurant,” Wong said. “He said ‘be relaxed, you’re already into the final and have done so well. So soak in the experience because it’s a long road ahead’. I was so motivated when playing – it helped a lot.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar (@rafanadalacademy) Wong said the pep talk pushed him to do an extra hour’s serving practice after his final training session, the results of which were evident in his aces as he and Kuzuhara overwhelmed their opponents on the Margaret Court Arena on Friday. Wong added that he would continue to train at the academy in Spain, where they and management IMG will help him arrange different competitions to attend. “We haven’t decided which yet, but I go back to Spain [on Saturday] and will have two weeks’ of competitions,” said Wong.