Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev played one of the fiercest Grand Slam finals as the duo clashed in the final of 2022 Australian Open. Nadal is looking for his historic 21st Grand Slam title and his 2nd Australian Open title while Medvedev hunts for his 2nd grand slam, number 1 at Melbourne Park and by winning the title, becomes the new world No. .
However, after a tense battle lasting 5 hours and 24 minutes passed the 1 am mark in Australia, Nadal won the right to the final in the second longest Grand Slam final ever. Nadal lost the first 2 sets and had to defend 3 breakpoints in the 3rd set at a crucial moment of the match. However, the Spaniard showed another mental strength to win the title at all odds.
While Medvedev missed out on his chance to become the new world No. 1, the Russian eventually rose to the top of the rankings in less than a month’s time to become the new world No. 1. 1 on February 28, 2022, breaking 18 years’ dominance Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Nadal became the first player outside of these four legends since 2004.
“All credit goes to Daniil Medvedev for being world number 1, but I believe these legends in our game still have something to offer. Then Rafa comes back and reminds you what real charm is with a five-hour finale like that and a narrative you just can’t write down. Who knows what Novak still has to say and if Roger might be a part of it,” former British No. 1 said Andrew’s Castle in his latest interaction with Tennis365.
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With this year’s Australian Open, Nadal is now the only man to have 21 Grand Slam titles to his name. He leads the race to win the most Slams for the first time in his career with his close rivals Federer and Djokovic currently ranked 2nd with 20 majors each.
“We could see a future without those people, but I don’t want to think about that right now. I can’t help thinking that if Roger can tee off at Wimbledon, he can still be in that tournament. With Novak, I imagine his motivation will be 1000 percent in the future. Whether he will be allowed to play in France, we don’t know, but I think he will be very motivated.
“The only camera we lacked at the Australian Open was a camera on Novak’s face as Rafa scored 21 Grand Slams. I’m sure he’ll want to come back and be a part of that story again.” Castle added in the interview that he believes the legendary trio will fascinate the tennis brothers once again.
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