Mats Wilander says Rafael Nadal's comeback in the Australian Open is the best comeback in the Open era. Nadal created a stunning comeback in the Australian Open final to beat Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5. Nadal was down by two sets and facing three consecutive break points in the sixth game of the third set.
Nadal saved those three break points and won three consecutive sets to create a historic comeback. "To me this is the best comeback in the Open era, winning the 21st Grand Slam title, 35 years old, being 36 when the French Open comes around," Wilander said on Eurosport.
"He beats the best player in the world in Daniil Medvedev, you would have to call him after winning the US Open. It is indescribable and I do not know where he finds that strength."
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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer didn't play at the Australian Open as they have 20 Grand Slams in their collection. Nadal is now the top favorite to win the French Open and push his Grand Slam tally to 22. "It is just incredible.
He is two sets down and you are playing Medvedev, you are not playing Matteo Berrettini – by that I mean someone who doesn’t play long rallies. This is physical. Somehow, he figured out how to get free points on the serve, free points on the forehand," Wilander added.
"He came into the tournament with low expectations for him. Imagine winning 21 Slams and going to a place where you have won 13 times [Roland Garros]. This is going to be the best three or four months of his career coming up now.
"Being able to practise, being healthy, and then going into the clay-court season. He has never been in the lead in that 'Greatest Player Of All Time' [race]. Federer has been in the lead the whole time."