Nadal shows the true grit to win the second title and the 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open

Spaniard Rafael Nadal came from two sets to take the title of the 2022 Australian Open from Russia’s Daniil Medvedev with five sets of thrillers.

In the 5 hour and 24 minute match, both players reached their endurance limits and the vigorous seesaw moved back and forth, but with Shear’s determination and a little help from the crowd, Nadal sealed the victory. 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.

This was after both players were pushed to five sets in the quarter-final match, but otherwise they made a compelling run to their berth in the final.

Given that Nadal’s 2021 season was shortened due to a foot injury, few expected this result. He was also infected with COVID-19 in December.

This victory means that Nadal has been freed from Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to become the most spectacular slum winner in history, 21 compared to 20 each.

Medvedev controlled the match early on, controlled the baseline, and achieved a high percentage of the first service to comfortably take the first set in 42 minutes.

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Daniil Medvedev will play the forehand in the men’s singles final against Rafa Ernadal at the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia on January 30, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Darrian Traynor / Getty Images)

Momentum changed second temporarily, Medvedev began to make more unforced errors, and Nadal was less, so the Spaniards climbed 4-1 and appeared to take the set. rice field.

However, the Russians remained calm and strategically ran Nadal around the court, causing multiple errors from Nadal. In this way he managed to get back on set and won the tiebreaker.

Medvejeff, 6 feet 6 inches high, can stand 5 meters behind the baseline and use reach to return most of Nadal’s first service, and the Spaniards worked hard to win the service game. rice field.

This, coupled with great expectations, allowed Russians to delve themselves into a difficult situation that was almost impossible.

From the second set onwards, Nadal seemed to be taking an early shower, but in honor of the Spaniards he began to connect consistent winners in the third set. -Four.

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Rafael Nadal will play a backhand during a five-set victory in the men’s singles final against Daniil Medvedev at the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia on January 30, 2022. .. (Photo by Clive Brunskill / Getty Images)

However, during the break Medvedev began to show fatigue. Pickled cucumber –This helps the player control muscle spasms and receive a massage during subsequent breaks.

However, despite both players showing fatigue, the standard of play remained high early in the fifth set, but at 2-2 Medvedev began to lose control of the depth and base. He hit several balls across the line and was able to break the serve for Nadal to lead 3-2.

Each then held a serve to 5-4, but as the Spaniards entered the match, Medvedev lifted another gear, defeating Nadal’s serve and scoring 5-5.

With most of the crowd behind him, Nadal consistently maintained a calm return service and took the following two games to win the set and the match.

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Rafael Nadal (left) and Daniil Medvedev pose during the trophy presentation of the men’s singles final at the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia on January 30, 2022. (Photo by Clive Brunskill / Getty Images)

In the winner’s presentation, Nadal said he understood that the moment was tough for Medvedev, but congratulated him and said he was also a champion.

“First of all, I know it’s a tough moment. Danil, you’re a great champion,” Nadal said. presentation..

“There is no doubt that you have this trophy several times in your career because you are wonderful. So I would like to congratulate you.”

Nadal said it was one of the most moving nights of his tennis career and it was a great honor to share the court with Medvedev.

“A month and a half ago I didn’t know if I could play tennis and go back to the tour. Today I’m in front of everyone who has this trophy. You really don’t know much. I Fought to be here, “Nadal said.

“I can’t thank all the support I’ve received since I arrived here. You’re just amazing.”

“It was hard to lose in 5 hours and 30 minutes, but I want to congratulate Rafa on what he did today, especially after the match,” Medvedev said. tired? ‘”

“It was insane. I think the level was very high. I went up two sets in the 21st Grand Slam,” Medvedev said.

“I thought he was going to get tired, but maybe I did a little bit, but I still won the match, so you’re a great champion.”

Steve Milne