Rafael Nadal has written a piece of men's tennis history: he is the first player to have reached 21 Grand Slam titles. The Spaniard's feat materialized with the victory of the last edition of the Australian Open, beating the Russian Daniil Medvedev in five sets in comeback.
Among the many congratulatory messages addressed to Nadal, Fabio Fognini published an Instagram story with the inscription: "And what do I have to say .. 21!" In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Fognini talks about Nadal’s incredible success at the Australian Open: "He is an incredible fighter.
It is difficult to find the words to describe what he did, they are feats that only the greatest champions are able to accomplish "Fabio Fognini is the only Italian to have beaten Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam: it was the 2015 US Open and the Ligurian tennis player won in five sets, in comeback, against the winner of the last Australian Open.
During the interview, Fognini reveals the secrets on how Rafael Nadal fights: "He doesn't give up, Rafa doesn't just have to beat him, you just have to knock him down", declared the current number 31 in the world.
"He consumes you, physically and mentally, I am proud to have beaten him in Montecarlo. Only Djokovic, or Federer managed to stop his competitive fury", declared the tennis player born in Sanremo.
Nadal won the Australian Open
In a recent interview with The Age, Greg Rusedski predicted that both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic could end the 2022 tennis season with "22 Grand Slam.
"I always said that Djokovic would end up with more Grand Slams and I still think the same. He is the best. The only place where Federer is dangerous is Wimbledon and we don't know how he will be physically. Possibly Nadal will win the 22nd Grand Slam at Roland Garros," said Rusedski.
In the same interview, Rusedski emphasized that the Australian Open 2022 glory has been the "greatest achievement" of Nadal's career to date. "It has been without a doubt the greatest achievement that Nadal has achieved in his sports career.
It was an incredible final, one of the best Grand Slam finals in the history of tennis, not only because of its historical importance, but also because of the quality and intensity for more than five hours," mentioned Rusedski.
"He had only won one Australian Open during his entire career, and very few thought he would win the tournament and what is more surprising, having won the title 21 before Djokovic. Nadal is that guy who never gives up. He's superhuman from a mental point of view," concluded the former British No. 1 player.