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Nadal wins 21st major title at Australian Open

Melbourne: Rafael Nadal first hit 21 and broke the men’s record for most Grand Slam singles titles, returning from two sets and defeating Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final in almost five and a half hours.

Nadal broke when he first entered the championship in 5-4 of the fifth set, but after two games he played an ace to score three championship points and converted it on his first attempt.

The 35-year-old Spaniard has one more major title than his longtime rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the so-called Big Three.

With 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 victories, Nadal also won all four major sports titles at least twice, the fourth in history. I became a man.

Nadal and Medvedev packed a lot of drama into the finals that started on Sunday night, ending early Monday morning, a while behind the 84-minute second set when protesters jumped on the court.

Good evening. No, good morning! Nadal looked at the clock and spoke to the crowd at Rod Laver Arena when he finally got up for an acceptance speech at 1:30 am.

In the background, aging Australian tennis master Rod Laver stood on a stand with his smartphone to shoot the scene. A nearby woman was holding a sign saying “Rapha is a goat.”

So far, Nadal is the best ever, at least when it comes to men’s major titles.

Nadal said it was one of the most emotional matches in my tennis career and praised Medvedev’s role in the 5 hour 24 minute final. This was the second longest Australian Open final in history after Nadal was defeated by Djokovic in 2012, following 5:53.

His victory was even more pronounced given that Nadal flew to Australia in just two games in the second half of 2021. He was put aside by a chronic leg injury that he could treat but not heal. He also overcame a seizure of COVID-19.

For me it’s just great. To be honest, a month and a half ago, I wasn’t sure if I could play again on the tour, Nadal said. “Undoubtedly, it was probably one of the most emotional months of my tennis career.

The great support I have received in the last three weeks will remain in my heart forever.

Nadal won his first Australian Open title in 2009 and lost four other finals at Melbourne Park before winning a dramatic victory over US Open champion Medvedev. His conversion rate in the major finals is currently 21 out of 29. Federer and Djokovic each have 20 majors from 31 finals.

Medvedev, who was aiming to be the first man to win his second Grand Slam title in the next major in the open era, was very close to ruining his next 21st celebration.

Djokovic was chasing the same record at the US Open last year. It was a calendar year Grand Slam when Medvedev defeated him in a straight set in the final.

Federer also had a chance at 21, but Djokovic stopped it when he saved match points before winning the 2019 Wimbledon final.

Medvedev joined Andy Murray among those who lost the finals in the next major tournament after a career breakthrough at the highest level.

This is just the fourth time Nadal has gathered to win the best match of two to five sets, and the first time since the 2007 victory over Mikhail Eugene at Wimbledon.

He is the first champion to win the Australian Open after dropping the first two sets of the finals since Roy Emerson in 1965.

Medvedev continued his love-hate relationship with the Australian crowd, following trouble with his early victory over Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas. He was calm for the first two sets and then complained about the screams and noise between the first and second serve.

In a double fault, Medvedev walked with an ironic thumbs up to the spectators after Nadal defeated him in the third game of the fourth set.

There was a break exchange, but after a long game Nadal had the upper hand when he converted the seventh break point with an angled backhand winner.

Medvedev urged the chairman’s referee, John Brom, to keep the crowd out.

Step Upmann, it’s the Grand Slam final. A request is not enough, “he said. “They are stupid. Stupid, don’t work.

After Medvedev double-faulted to open the fifth set, Brom warned the crowd that anyone screaming between the first and second serve could be kicked out by security.

Medvedev managed to hold and the fifth went on a serve until Nadal broke in the fifth game. And decisively, he held a 4-2 lead after a 13-minute game where he went to deuce six times.

However, the drama wasn’t over because Nadal broke in the tenth game when he entered the game, but he quickly responded with another service break to set a second chance.

Nadal was the only big three in Australia to have a chance to claim a record solo.

Federer is still recovering from knee surgery and Djokovic is sensational on the eve of the tournament after a dramatic 11-day story about visa status as he did not meet the country’s strict COVID-19 vaccination rules. Deported from Australia.

Medvedev regained his composure in his post-match speech and praised Nadal’s incredible patience.

(5 1/2) It’s hard to talk about time and losing. I want to congratulate Rafa, said the 25-year-old Russian. “What he did today was great.

You are a great champion.

https://www.siasat.com/nadal-wins-australian-open-for-record-21st-major-title-2266928/ Nadal wins 21st major title at Australian Open

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