Coach Patrick Mouratoglou explains why Rafael Nadal has had such an incredible career
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Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou thought the Australian Open final was a perfect example of why Rafael Nadal has had such an incredible career. Nadal, a former world No. 1, was on the verge of losing the Australian Open final but he pulled off a stunning comeback to beat Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5.
Medvedev was up by two sets and had three consecutive break points in the sixth game of the third set. Nadal saved those three consecutive break points and the rest is history. "This final has been a summary of why Rafa has such a career.
Incredible resilience, ability to readjust his tactics during the match and ability to win the fights making the difference in the big moments ! Congratulations," Mouratoglou tweeted.
Medvedev thought Nadal was 'unreal'
Medvedev was a bit shocked by the level Nadal showed during the Australian Open final.
"It was a huge match, for sure some small points, small details that I could have done better if I wanted to win. But that's tennis, that's life," Medvedev said. "(It) was a huge match. Rafa played unreal, raised his level. I mean, two sets to love up, I was like, 'C'mon, just go for him, go for more'
"In (the) fifth set, I was like 'make him run' He was unreal. He was really strong, like the way he played, at four hours I was even surprised. But, of course, we know how Rafa can play. He didn't play for six months. He told me after the match that he didn't practice so much.
It was unreal." Just when the match appeared to be over, Medvedev broke back Nadal in the 10th game of the fifth set to level the set at five games apiece. Unfortunately for Medvedev, he lost his serve again in the 11th game as Nadal served out for the match in the 12th game.