Rafael Nadal, you beauty! What a game, what a final, and what a tournament. When Rafael Nadal took the field against Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final it was certain that it will be a tense clash but nobody would have imagined that it will go into the 12th game in the fifth set.
Nadal was a bit slow to start with. Medvedev was dominating the rallies, he was ruling the court, and after Nadal was down by two sets, things were looking overwhelmingly in favor of the Russian. However, fate had other plans.
The pressure was on Nadal to make a comeback in the third set and he delivered under pressure. Nadal won the third set, he won the fourth and took the game into the final one. Medvedev was looking tired, he was receiving treatment on his legs, but he wasn’t done yet.
Rafael Nadal scripts history at the Australian Open
After starting badly in the final set, Medvedev made a comeback when Nadal was serving and the scoreline was 5-4 in favor of the Spaniard. After 5-5, it felt like Medvedev is back in business, however, Nadal yet again broke the serve, served for the title, and ended up winning in some style.
Nadal scripted history at the Rod Laver Arena. The Spanish tennis star is now the first-ever male tennis player to win 21 Grand Slam titles. Nobody thought that Nadal could do it, especially when he was down and out last season due to injuries.
He wasn’t even sure about competing in the Australian Open, however, he did, and managed to win one of the greatest tennis games of all time. However, one must not take any credit away from Daniil Medvedev.
The Russian was absolutely sensational, he was struggling physically, he wasn’t moving around as well as we have seen him move, but he still continued to compete with all his might. One has to agree that it just wasn’t his night.
He tried his best but Nadal was just surreal. With the Australian Open done and dusted and Nadal already ahead of the curve, it will be interesting to see if Djokovic can win his 21st title on Grass Court at Wimbledon and match Nadal.