Rafael Nadal lifted the Australian Open trophy for the second time in his career. The former world number 1 gave Daniil Medvedev a comeback, undermining the certainties of his opponent just when the Russian seemed one step away from the finish line.
It was since 2007 that the Spanish champion hadn't won a match after losing the first two sets. Thanks to this success, the 35-year-old from Manacor has risen to 21 Slams, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking.
The Swiss will not be back in action before the summer, while the Serbian was unable to defend his title in Melbourne due to the well-known events. Nole's choice not to get vaccinated could have repercussions on his entire season, waiting to understand the evolution of the pandemic situation.
Before this year's edition, the Majorcan had lost the previous four finals played 'Down Under' (in 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2019). In a recent interview with 'Movistar', Toni Nadal revealed the key to Rafa's triumph at the Australian Open 2022.
Nadal broke the all-time Grand Slam record
"Nowadays, people tend to surrender to frustration and complain too much. Rafael Nadal, though, being down 2 sets to zero had no bad face, nothing. He knew, all the time, how to overcome difficulty, which I think is the most outstanding thing from yesterday's match."
Before the 2022 final, the 35-year-old had dropped four consecutive championship matches in Melbourne (2012, 2014, 2017 and 2019), losing twice to Novak Djokovic and once to Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka. The Spaniard, however, broke his curse at the Happy Slam in emphatic fashion on Sunday, becoming only the second player to win every Major twice in the Open Era.
Moreover, Nadal has finally surpassed Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam tally. Prior to the Australian Open, the ‘Big 3’ had 20 Grand Slam titles each. After the win, Rafael Nadal’s career earnings, too, have risen, and are now close to a huge milestone.
This comes from his victory in the Melbourne Summer Set 1 and following it up with the Australian Open. Undoubtedly, Rafael Nadal is having a phenomenal start to 2022. Moreover, it is particularly special, as he had been contemplating retirement just a few months ago.
Even though he was on crutches just a few months ago and had been considering retiring from the sport, Rafa is now a part of history. In fact, his uncle Toni Nadal revealed that while leaving for Australia, Nadal had suspected that it would be the last time he would be playing the Grand Slam.