Rafael Nadal did the unthinkable, when he finished first in two sets to win his second Australian Open title. Australia is where Nadal has had the most heart attacks since he won his first Australian Open title in 2009, defeating Roger Federer in the final.
Now, after his last four losses in Melbourne, he’s finally done Double Career Grandslam with a five-set win over Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final. The Russian world number two is ready to take home the second major tournament in a row after two sets. But, Nadal had other plans and completely changed his style of play in the final three sets.
Like several tennis legends, even Martina Navratilova couldn’t believe the miracle the Spaniard created on the court Sunday. The 35-year-old hit the balls with more venom in the final three sets, as Medvedev had to work hard for every point.
Martina Navratilova hails ‘History Maker’, Rafael Nadal
With his second Australian Open title, Rafael Nadal advanced to 21 major titles, becoming the first male player to achieve this number. His rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic remain tied across 20 majors, as Nadal takes the edge in the GOAT race.
Martina Navratilova wrote on Twitter that making history is never easy, but time and time again, Nadal has not stopped rewriting history books. The American tennis legend believes the Spaniard is not done yet, as he vows to defend his title in Australia in 2023.
“Rafael Nadal is an unbelievable effort on your part! Making history is never easy and you’re not even done!!! Congratulations Champion!!!! 21,“Navratilova wrote.
Rafael Nadal will now look to extend his Grandslam record at the French Open in May-June this year. The Spaniard is poised to win his 22nd major title in Paris, and his 14th overall title at the French Open.
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