Rafael Nadal said the comeback he created in the Australian Open final was the biggest comeback of his career. Nadal recovered from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 and win a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.
“If we put everything together, the scenario, the momentum, what it means…yeah, [it’s] probably the biggest comeback of my tennis career,” said the Spaniard in his post-match press conference. Some believed that Nadal would never again win a Grand Slam title after he failed to win last year's French Open.
“At the end history is about the victory, but the way that you win the match in terms of personal feelings is different,” Nadal said. “The way that I achieved this trophy tonight was just unforgettable, one of the most emotional matches of my tennis career, without a doubt.
[It] means a lot to me”.
Nadal made a stunning comeback
Medvedev was up by two sets and had three consecutive break points in the sixth game of the third set. That's when Nadal's historic comeback started. After the match Nadal recalled the sixth game of the third set.
“In that moment, of course, the situation was critical,” said Nadal, “but sport is unpredictable. The normal thing is to lose the match in straight sets from that situation. On the other hand, I had a big chance in the second [set] too.
“I was repeating to myself during the whole match, I lost a lot of times here [in Melbourne] having chances, sometimes I was a little bit unlucky. I just wanted to keep believing until the end. I just wanted to give myself a chance.
“That's what I did. Just fight, just keep belief in trying to find a solution. Of course, I was lucky to save that moment. [There were] a lot of moments that can decide the final like this”.