Alex Corretja: Everything Rafael Nadal achieves is unheard of

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Alex Corretja: Everything Rafael Nadal achieves is unheard of

Former world No. 2 Alex Corretjy says Rafael Nadal is a "special" player and reaching 29 Grand Slam finals is absolutely astonishing. On Friday, Nadal beat world No. 7 Matteo Berrettini in the Australian Open semifinal.

Nadal is now set to battle world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam. "Nadal takes tennis to another dimension. Everything he achieves is unheard of, I hope he wins his 21st Grand Slam title: today has been an exhibition of dedication, honor, and poise," Corretja told Radio Marca.

"If someone had told me that Rafa would play 29 Grand Slam finals, I would have thought he was crazy. It's amazing what he has achieved, you can never doubt special people."

Nadal aims to break the record

Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all tied on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors.

After beating Berrettini, Nadal admitted he surprised himself by making the Australian Open final. “For me, it's something completely unexpected, so I am super happy," Nadal said. "I always try my best. My goal now is to win.

[But] I am taking things in a little bit of a different way now. Of course, with the competitive spirit that I have, I can't go against that. It's my personal DNA. But in some ways, [just to] be able to have the chance to compete at this level, it's positive energy for me to keep going, because being very honest, for me it is much more important to have the chance to play tennis than win number 21”.

“Doubts are still here,” Nadal said. “Honestly the doubts are going to be here probably for the rest of my career, without a doubt, because I have what I have and that's something that we cannot fix." It remains to be seen if Nadal can make history and win his 21st Grand Slam.