The 21-time Major champion Rafael Nadal enjoys a well-deserved rest at home in Mallorca. The 35-year-old Spaniard had played only two official matches in the second part of 2021, struggling with a foot injury and kicking off the new season with many question marks.
As many times before, Rafa managed to raise over all the troubles and claim two titles from two events in 2022. Testing his foot at the ATP 250 event in Melbourne, the Spaniard defeated three titles for his first ATP crown since May last year.
It gave him a boost ahead of the Australian Open, and the legend passed seven obstacles to claim the record-breaking 21st Major trophy, leaving Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on 20. After four defeats in the Australian Open finals in the previous ten years, Nadal gave his best in the title clash against world no.
2 Daniil Medvedev to lift the second trophy at Melbourne Park and write history books.
Rafael Nadal is not sure about playing in Acapulco and Indian Wells.
Rafa ousted Daniil 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in five hours and 24 minutes, emerging victorious in the second-longest Major final and overcoming a massive deficit in another testimony of his fighting spirit.
Nadal was 2-6, 6-7, 2-3, 0-40 down, facing three break points in that sixth game that could have sent Medvedev closer to the finish line. Eager to fight until the end, Rafa survived that game and played well in the remaining games to grab it 6-4 and start a massive comeback.
The Spaniard had the upper hand in set number four and forced a decider after four hours and 12 minutes! Rafa broke in the decider's fifth game and fended off three break chances in a marathon game that followed to move 4-2 ahead.
Nadal held at 30 in game eight to move 5-3 in front and served for the title at 5-4. Making one last push, Medvedev broke back to extend the encounter and drama. However, Nadal broke him again at 5-5 and sealed the deal with a commanding service game that carried him towards the historic title.
Asked about the upcoming schedule, the Manacor native could not confirm his Acapulco and Indian Wells participation. The veteran understands he has to listen to his body after spending too much energy at the Australian Open, and he needs more time to think about his schedule in the upcoming weeks.
"I signed up for Acapulco and Indian Wells, but I have to decide following what my body allows me to do. Acapulco is the closer one, and I would like to be there, but I have to see the perspective in the upcoming weeks," Rafael Nadal said.