Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal are battling in the Australian Open final. The Russian seeks the second Major title in a row after the US Open, and the Spaniard sets eyes on the record-breaking 21st Major crown. In the last year's US Open final, Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets, spoiling the Serb's season and preventing him from achieving the first calendar Grand Slam since 1989!
After the semi-final victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil said that Nadal probably watched that final at his home and that Novak should watch the Australian Open final. Medvedev has reached four Major finals. He has always faced Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, losing the opening two before beating the Serb in New York last year.
Medvedev is trying to become the first player in the Open era with a Major crown right after winning the first. At the same time, Nadal chases history after being sidelined for five months. Medvedev defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets in the semi-final, losing his temper for a moment but calming down and bringing the victory home with a strong performance from 4-4 in the third set.
Nadal is through to his sixth Australian Open final and the 29th at Majors, seeking the first Major crown since Roland Garros 2020. The Spaniard skipped the last part of the previous season due to an injury and has made a perfect start in 2022, winning all nine matches and hoping to lift the crown on Sunday, his second in Melbourne after 2009!
Daniil Medvedev has faced Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in every Major final.
Daniil should be the slight favorite, but Rafa will do his best to prevail and write history books as the second Open era player with two titles at all four Majors after Novak Djokovic.
After being deported from Melbourne following a ten-day saga with his visa, the Serb could not seek the tenth Australian Open crown. "I will face the game's legend in another Major final, and my rival will go for the 21st Major title for the second time in a row.
I guess Rafa watched the US Open final between Novak and me, and I think Novak will be near his TV during the Australian Open final," Daniil Medvedev said.