Rafael Nadal wins a record 21st Grand Slam title, edging out Daniil Medvedev in an epic final at the Australian Open 2022. Nadal fought back from two sets down to win a record 21st Grand Slam title.
Rafa Nadal took down Daniil Medvedev in a classic Australian Open final on Sunday, roaring back from two set down to win a record 21st Grand Slam title only months after fearing his glorious career might be over due to injury.
After surviving the 2-6 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 thriller at Rod Laver Arena, the Spanish great is ahead of his ‘Big Three’ rivals by one major title. Novak Djokovic has been deported and Roger Federer has been recovering from knee surgery.
A vintage Nadal produced one of his finest performances to beat Medvedev again, less than three years after losing to the Russian in the 2019 U.S. Open championship.
In a match filled with drama, Nadal found himself two points from the title but broke as he served for the match at 5-4. He held his nerves and bounced back to break Medvedev again and served out the match to love, rushing in, to strike a backhand volley by the net as a spectacular finish.