Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski says if you wanted someone playing for your life then you should select Rafael Nadal. Nadal, 35, captured a record 21st Grand Slam title on a stunning way as he recovered from two sets down to beat world No.
2 Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5. "Yeah, he's a genetic freak of nature," Rusedski said on Tennis Channel, according to Sportskeeda. "And also, his mental fortitude is second to none. If you wanted one guy playing for your life, one match, Rafa is your man.
I mean, what he's done is sensational. "Because there's a story here as well. Let's not forgetting September, the picture on the crutches. I mean, he wasn't putting any weight on that foot. And then comes out at the start of the year, wins two events in Melbourne, lead-up tournament, then the Australian, you know to win his 21st Slam."
Rusedski didn't have Nadal as a top favorite
"Before the Australian Open started in January my picks were, Djokovic for the title and Ash Barty for the title," Rusedski said. "I wasn't even putting Rafa in the equation."
"The other guy we were talking about was Medvedev, you know, being the second favorite, we're talking about Sascha Zverev, but Rafa just went gangbusters." Medvedev appeared to be cruising towards a straight-set win as he was up by two sets, had a 3-2 lead in the third set and three consecutive break points on Nadal's serve.
That's when Nadal's historic comeback started. "Two sets down, love forty, three, two, we're thinking this is curtains, There's no way he's getting back," Rusedski said. "But Rafa just showed us the fortitude to fight.
Let's not forget that. I mean, that crowd was insane. How much they were behind, Rafa wanting to see history happen as well."