Alex Corretja: Rafael Nadal showed again that he is unique, special



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Alex Corretja: Rafael Nadal showed again that he is unique, special

Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja was very emotional after Rafael Nadal progressed into the final at the Australian Open. Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, overcame Matteo Berrettini 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 to reach the Australian Open final.

Nadal admitted he was unsure whether he would be able to come back after battling a persistent foot issue during the whole 2021 season. "I am very emotional, because we all know what Rafa brings to tennis, to our sport, to our country – Spain – and everything he transmits,” Corretja told Eurosport.

“He has given us so much, of course everyone was hoping Rafa could start the season well to see how he felt on his foot and we wondered if he would be able to move well, to step into the court and push hard, push strong and move with the intensity we are used to seeing with him.

“After two or three rounds we felt he was getting ready but it was very difficult to predict how far he would go. He showed again that he is unique, he is special. He is someone who will never give up."

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Nadal will be aiming to win a 21st Grand Slam title and break the all-time Grand Slam record when he meets Medvedev in the final.

"To be in a final of a Grand Slam after everything he has been through since Roland-Garros is just amazing,” Corretja continued. “It’s sensational and difficult to find different words to awesome and huge.

He is going to be ready to win, it’s going to be a big battle, it’s going to be very difficult to win one more major but he is ready. “I think he proved again that it doesn’t really matter what people think from the outside, the only thing that matters is what he feels inside. This is the key for his tennis career."