Jil Teichmann: Everyone needs to be more Rafa in their lives

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Jil Teichmann: Everyone needs to be more Rafa in their lives

Swiss tennis player Jil Teichmann was impressed with the way Rafael Nadal fought and came back during the Australian Open final. Nadal, seeded at No. 6, recovered from two sets down to beat world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 and capture a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.

Nadal created a historic comeback to beat Medvedev and capture his second Australian Open title. "Everyone needs to be more ‘Rafa’ in their lives. What a mentality, what a warrior, what an inspiration!" Teichmann tweeted.

Nadal created a stunning comeback

Medvedev was pressuring Nadal right from the start but the Spaniard saved two break points in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Medvedev then went on a run as he claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to win the first set.

Nadal was twice up by a break in the second set but Medvedev twice recovered to force a tie-break. Nadal missed out on a set point in the ninth game on his serve. Nadal also had a 5-3 lead in the tie-break but Medvedev won four points in a row to win the tie-break and go up by two sets.

Nadal saved three consecutive break points in the sixth game before claiming the lone break of the third set in the ninth game. Nadal blew an early fourth set break but he broke Medvedev again in the fifth game. Nadal failed to convert a set point on Medvedev's serve in the ninth game but routinely served out for the fourth set in the following game.

After winning the third and fourth sets, Nadal claimed the first break of the fifth set in the fifth game. However, Medvedev refusied to quit as he broke back Nadal in the 10th game to level the set at five games apiece. Nadal kept his focus as he broke Medvedev again in the 11th game and routinely served out for the match a game later. Nadal now has 21 Grand Slams while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic sit at 20 Majors.