Rafael Nadal said the 2022 Australian Open was one of the most emotional matches of his career. Nadal created a historic comeback in the Australian Open final as he recovered from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5.
“It was one of the most emotional matches of my career,” Nadal said during the trophy ceremony. “To share the court with Daniil was just an honour. It is amazing. To be honest, one and a half months ago I wasn’t sure if was able to be back on the Tour playing tennis again.
But today I am here in front of all of you with this trophy in front of me. You are just amazing, thank you so much”. Nadal now has a record 21 Grand Slams in his collection. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer each have 20 Grand Slams in their collection.
“Having the huge support I received over the past three weeks is going to stay in my heart for the rest of my life, so thank you very much,” Nadal added.
Nadal almost ended up blowing the lead
Nadal failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game of the fifth set but broke Medvedev in the 11th game and routinely served out for the match in the 12th game.
Nadal lost the Australian Open finals in 2012 and 2017 despite being up by a break in the fifth set. "After Medvedev got the break for 5-5 I said 'f***, one more time I'm going to lose like in 2012 and 2017.'
But I just kept fighting. I can lose, he can beat me, but I can't give up. Even if I'm destroyed I can't give up," Nadal said on Eurosport. Nadal hinted that he will return to the Australian Open next year. "One month and a half ago I might have said there was a chance this would be my last Australian Open, but now there's plenty of energy to keep going;" Nadal added.