Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem says Rafael Nadal showed once again what a great fighter and champion he is. Nadal, 35, created a stunning comeback in the Australian Open final to win his second title at Melbourne Park.
World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev had everything in control but then Nadal created a historic comeback to beat the Russian 4-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5. With his latest victory, Nadal broke the all-time Grand Slam record as he now has 21 Grand Slams in his collection.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer come at the second place with 20 Grand Slams each. "I watched the match from the fourth and fifth sets, it was brilliant... he showed again what a great fighter he is and one of the great athletes of all time," Thiem told the ATP Tour en Espanol website.
"That he won the 21st Grand Slam is completely unbelievable... At 35 years old and having come back from a long injury, it's super impressive."
Nadal pulled off a major comeback
Medvedev made a strong start to his second Australian Open final, breaking Nadal twice to comfortably win the opener.
Nadal was twice up by a break in the second set but Medvedev twice recovered to force a tie-break. Nadal had a set point on his serve in the ninth game but failed to convert. Nadal also had a 5-3 lead in the tie-break but then lost four consecutive points as Medvedev took a two-set lead.
After saving three consecutive break points in the sixth game, Nadal broke Medvedev in the ninth game and served out for the third set in the following game. Nadal blew an early fourth set break but broke Medvedev once again in the fifth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to force a fifth set.
Nadal failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game of the fifth set bur broke Medvedev again in the 11th game and served out for the match a game later. Nadal hasn't lost a match this year as he also won the Melbourne Summer Set leading up to the Australian Open.