Rafa Nadal conquers history in Australia

The Majorcan captured his record- breaking 21st Grand Slam title after overcoming Daniil Medvedev in five sets and 5h24′ of play

Rafa Nadal seemed down and out but did what looked impossible to accomplish the greatest feat in the history of men’s tennis, lifting 21 Grand Slam titles. The Majorcan, champion of the last edition of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, found the best version of himself to defeat Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Australian Open 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6- 4, 7-5 in 5h24′ of play. The Spaniard once again showed his ability to turn the match around after being two sets down against the main favorite of the tournament and contender for world number one and force an agonizing five sets match.

It was an open final, which was expected to be very exciting with two special tennis players. In the 2019 US Open final, Medvedev already warned of what he was capable of against Nadal after almost rallying from two sets down (7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4), in a match that positioned him as a clear candidate to win a Grand Slam. Nadal, for his part, proved once again in this 2022 season premiere that he should never be written off. After spending six months off the courts due to his left foot injury and overcoming Covid-19, there were many doubts about his fitness being already 35 years old. But 17 years after conquering his first ‘major’ at Roland Garros 2005, his ambition remained intact, and he devoured his rival.

The 1.98-meter Russian giant was very solid on serve, a weapon that works wonders for him on hardcourt where he has won 12 of his 14 titles. Of pure talent and unpredictable game, Medvedev dominated the match until his physique collided with the awakening of the ‘beast’ Nadal.

The only two Russians that were on the winners list of the Australian Open also lifted the trophy in Barcelona, ​​Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin. Medvedev lost the Australian final and the final of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in 2019. On that occasion, the power on clay of the Austrian Dominic Thiem denied him the title. The Russian was unable to display his best in the final due to physical problems but promised to return to “lift this beautiful trophy in a historic club,” he said.

Nadal, with 90 titles to his name, is the King of Barcelona. His 12 trophies and his dominance in this tournament (66 wins for 4 losses) are a unique feat that deserved the honor of naming the center court as the Rafa Nadal Court. The Majorcan has always committed to play the tournament that is organized on the courts that saw him grow up at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 and the public always eagerly awaits to see him play. This year the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell – Trofeo Conde de Godó- will take place from April 16 to 24.