'I can't remember a single time Rafael Nadal ever gave...', says expert



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'I can't remember a single time Rafael Nadal ever gave...', says expert

Rafael Nadal's feat at the Australian Open 2022 is destined to be remembered for decades. The Spanish champion took the title against all odds, having recovered from a serious foot injury and having contracted the Coronavirus just before reaching Australia.

The exclusion of Novak Djokovic has certainly helped the Iberian, but the author of an amazing ride in Melbourne Park. After surviving two real battles against Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini, the former ATP number 1 was clearly underdog in the final against Daniil Medvedev.

When the Russian moved up two sets, almost everyone was convinced that Nadal would lose his fifth consecutive 'Down Under' final. The 35-year-old from Manacor found the strength to overturn the inertia of the challenge and undermine the certainties of the younger opponent.

The result was a crazy comeback, which was very reminiscent of Ivan Lendl's on John McEnroe in the 1984 Roland Garros final. Through his Twitter profile, Jamie Hampton expressed some interesting considerations on the match between Nadal and Medvedev.

Jamie Hampton on Rafael Nadal

"Rafael Nadal was branded the antagonist to Roger's hero when people realized that he was going to be great. He was openly accused of steroids, made fun of for what he wore, his routines, his fist-pumping, etc.

and I can't remember a single time he ever gave the crowd a reason to boo him," Hampton wrote. Hampton added that while players don't need to adhere to certain standards of behavior, they should know that there are consequences to their actions.

"He went about his business, very rarely got into it with the umpires, and the crowd adores him now," she wrote. "I'm the last person to say a player has to behave perfectly, I don't believe that at all.

Players are free to behave how they want, but there are consequences." Hampton claimed in a previous tweet that the Australian crowd didn't support the World No. 2 as they were well aware of how the Russian had antagonized ball kids and umpires in the past.

"Player that provokes crowd is upset that crowd is provoked lol those are the vibes," Hampton wrote in a separate tweet. "Do you think they are unaware of this behavior? The things he says and does? Snapping at ball kids, yelling at umpires, provoking the crowd with novak comments, you think they just forgive and forget because he’s a winner?" 35-year-old Rafael Nadal wrote history by winning the Australian Open 2022.