'Rafael Nadal and I played great match,' says Daniil Medvedev

“Rafael Nadal and I played a great match,” says Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev claimed his first Major crown at last year’s US Open after a straight-set win over Novak Djokovic. The Russian had a chance to extend his winning streak at this year’s Australian Open, reaching the final and facing Rafael Nadal in the title fight.

Struggling with a foot injury, Nadal only played two games in the second half of 2021 and ended the season in August. The Spaniard didn’t know what to expect in early 2022. Still, he decided to travel to Melbourne and give it a try.

Feeling good on the practice court and not thinking about winning trophies, Nadal found his A-game to clinch two titles and make history books at the Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal scored a remarkable win over Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne.

The Spaniard conquered the first Major of the season for the first time since 2009 and claimed a record-breaking 21st Major title, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on March 20.

Rafa overcame all obstacles at the Australian Open to lift the trophy and once again prove his eternal class. The Spaniard was on the brink of losing his fifth straight game in the Down Under final. He was 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 behind against the world No. 1.

2 Daniil Medvedev before making one of his best comebacks of his career and crossing the finish line first. Rafa scored a 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 win in five hours and 24 minutes to prevail in the second longest Major final in history!

Nadal was almost done and dusted when he hit those three break points in the sixth game of the third set. He overcame this game and received a massive boost that allowed him to increase his level. Nadal clinched the third set after breaking the opponent down the line with a backhand in game 9, building an early advantage in the fourth.

Rafa held at love in game ten to end the set and force a decider after four hours and 12 minutes, with firm belief in a full comeback. The Spaniard pressed hard, placing a forehand down the line in game five of the decider to open a 3-2 gap and take a significant step towards the finish line.

Nadal survived a massive scare in game six after fending off three break points and secured a 5-3 advantage in game eight. Medvedev made one final nudge and broke 5-5 in game ten, extending his chances and fighting like a lion despite squandering a colossal advantage.

Rafa stayed composed and capitalized on his vast experience, taking the third break chance in game 11 and sealing the deal with his serve a few minutes later for the 21st Major crown.

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