Sania Mirza: Rafael Nadal, you are so inspiring in so many different ways

Mirza congratulated Nadal on winning the Australian Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
Sania Mirza: Rafael Nadal, you are so inspiring in so many different ways

Former doubles world No. 1 Sania Mirza called Rafael Nadal an "absolute champion" following the Spaniard's stunning comeback victory in the Australian Open final. Nadal, a former world No. 1, was on the brink of losing the Australian Open final to world No.

2 Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev was up by two sets and had three consecutive break points in the sixth game of the third set. With his back turned against the wall, Nadal stepped up and created a historic comeback to beat Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 and lift a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.

Nadal, 35, edged out Medvedev in over five hours of play. "What an absolute champion and even better human, you are so inspiring in so many different ways, thank you for showing us the only way and that is to fight @RafaelNadal," Mirza wrote on Twitter.

Mirza played her last Australian Open

After losing in the Australian Open women's doubles first round with Nadiya Kichenok, Mirza revealed her plans to retire after the season.

Mirza enjoyed a better run in the mixed doubles as she and Rajeev Ram made the quarterfinal. “I think I’m regretting making this announcement so soon because this is all I’m getting asked about,” Mirza said after the mixed doubles loss.

“Every time I play, this is not what I’m thinking, that I’m going to stop. I’m playing this year like any other year, I’m playing to win every match that I play and that’s the reason I’m still playing.

I’m not going to go on the court and just be like, well I’m going to have a good time. No, because I still think I’m a contender to win at these events. So no, I’m not really thinking about coming here for the last time.

The amount of times I’ve been asked, I’m thinking of changing my mind to come back here again next year and try."

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