Rafael Nadal admits: 'I fell asleep while watching Australian Open final highlights'

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Rafael Nadal admits: 'I fell asleep while watching Australian Open final highlights'

Rafael Nadal returned to Mallorca from Australia as a happy camper. The 35-year-old claimed two titles in Melbourne in the last couple of weeks, including the second Australian Open crown. In the title clash at Melbourne Park, Rafa prevailed over world no.

2 Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in five hours and 24 minutes for his first trophy Down Under since 2009! Nadal entered the record books as the first player with 21 Major crowns, performing one of his most notable comebacks in a career to celebrate the first Major since October 2020.

Asked if he had watched the highlights, Nadal admitted he turned them on during the flight and fell asleep, finishing them tomorrow when his other flight got canceled. Nadal came from the verge of defeat and overpowered a ten-years younger opponent to lift the second Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and move in front of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal claimed the second Australian Open title on Sunday.

Playing only two matches in the previous season after Roland Garros, Nadal came to Melbourne with question marks over his physical shape. Still, the Spaniard claimed all ten encounters and earned two titles for a perfect start of the new year and a massive boost.

Rafa became the first player in the Open era who came from two sets to love down in the Australian Open final, despite standing on the verge of defeat at 2-6, 6-7, 2-3, 0-40. Nadal saved those three break points and started his fantastic comeback, taking sets three and four to force a decider and pushing himself to endure another challenging set against the US Open winner.

The Spaniard moved 5-3 up and served for the title in game ten, only to suffer a break from 30-0 up. Keeping his focus, Rafa broke again in game 11 and held at love a few minutes later to start a massive celebration and become the first player with 21 Major titles.

Nadal is the second player with two titles at all four Majors after Novak Djokovic, claiming at least one Major trophy in 15 different seasons since 2005 to extend his legacy and return home with a smile on his face. At 35 years and six months, Rafa became the third-oldest Major winner after Roger Federer and Ken Rosewall, finally lifting the second crown in Melbourne after losing four straight finals Down Under after 2009.