Australian Open 2022: Rafael Nadal achieves historic 21st Grand Slam title
New Delhi : Rafael Nadal roared high on the final game of Australian Open against Daniil Medvedev to fetch historic 21st Grand Slam title. He won the game with 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 sets played for five hours and 24 minutes.
With the win, Nadal has become the only player in the world to have won 21 Grand Slam titles, moving past Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic who are both on 20 major crowns.
Nadal now leads Medvedev 4-1 in their ATP Head2Head series, with this their second meeting in a Grand Slam final. At the US Open in 2019, Medvedev rallied from two-sets-to-love down before Nadal prevailed in the decider in a Flushing Meadows epic.
Medvedev dominated the first two sets completely and gave Nadal a nightmare. With trouble mounting in the third set, the ATP number 6 player started playing aggressively against Medvedev.
After winning the third set by a whisker, people saw a totally different avatar of Nadal. Medvedev, who displayed his mental prowess throughout the tournament and suddenly started losing points.
It is noteworthy that most of the people in the audience were cheering Nadal, which bothered Medvedev to a great extent. He looked affected by it as he tried to give it back against the crowd who cheered whenever he made a slight mistake.