'I thought it was nice to see Rafael Nadal like...', says ATP star

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'I thought it was nice to see Rafael Nadal like...', says ATP star

Rafael Nadal's triumph at the Australian Open 2022 left everyone speechless. The former world number 1 won for the second time in Melbourne Park, having lost the previous four finals. His only success of his 'Down Under' dates back to 2009, when he bent Roger Federer at the end of a breathtaking battle.

The Spanish champion had come to Australia without great expectations, having recovered from a serious foot injury and having contracted the Coronavirus after the performance in Abu Dhabi. The Majorcan was able to come back two sets to Daniil Medvedev in the final, undermining his opponent's certainties just when the Russian seemed one step away from the finish line.

Rafa therefore won his 21st Major by overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings. The 35-year-old from Manacor will try the extension already at Roland Garros, waiting to see if Nole will be present in Paris or not.

On the eve of his debut in Montpellier, Gael Monfils spent beautiful words for Nadal.

Monfils praises Rafael Nadal

"I grew up with Rafael Nadal and I'm super happy for him," said Monfils." It's huge and exceptional, this 21st GS.

I thought it was nice to see him like that. The older we get, the stronger the emotions too. When I see Rafa, I see my friend who is a hit, who is still winning, and that really gives me pleasure. You share that with him, the story is fabulous.

I have nothing against Daniil, but for Rafa, it's just magic." The current World No. 16 reached his second Australian Open quarterfinal this year and put up a valiant effort against Matteo Berrettini. "In many of the matches in my grand slam career, I have never managed to play my 'A Game', in quarters or semis," Monfils said.

"Sometimes there are opportunities but I don't take them well. People tend to trivialize the fact of arriving in the quarter-finals of GS, but when these opportunities arise, you have to seize them. I want to always believe in it and put myself in a better position to reach even higher."

After winning his 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2022, Rafael Nadal is on his way home. Last Sunday, the Spaniard became the only men’s singles player to win 21 Grand Slam titles after beating Daniil Medvedev in the final.

Undoubtedly, this match was one of the best finals ever played. According to Marca, Victor Bonniny started this petition through Change.org. According to him, the Palma airport at Mallorca should be named after Rafael Nadal for creating history at the Australian Open 2022.