Rennae Stubbs: Rafael Nadal never allowed himself to give up in the AO final

Nadal pulled off a historic comeback in the Australian Open final.

by Dzevad Mesic
Rennae Stubbs: Rafael Nadal never allowed himself to give up in the AO final

Former doubles world No. 1 Rennae Stubbs was impressed by the competitiveness and fighting spirit Rafael Nadal showed during the Australian Open final. Nadal, 35, was down by two sets in the Australian Open final but he recovered to beat world No.

2 Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5. Nadal missed out on multiple chances to win the second set as he was twice up by a break and then also blew a 5-3 lead in the thie tie-break. Nadal appeared to be done after losing the second set but then pulled off a stunning comeback.

Former world No. 1 Chris Evert was absolutely by what Nadal pulled off. "Still mulling over Rafa’s win at the @AustralianOpen How on earth did he win that????" Evert wrote on Twitter.

'Nadal never gives up'

"So many things that impressed me Chrissie.

But if u go back to 2 sets down, 3-2 0-40 he wins the point & pumps his fist & says Vamos & to me at that moment, i thought my god, even when he’s seriously looking GONE he never allowed himself to give up!

That point epitomizes him," Stubbs responded to Evert's tweet.

A few days ago, renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou said Nadal absolutely thrives when it gets tough. "I think everybody saw him lose this match.

He was dominated, he was extremely nervous, he was missing much more than usual," Mouratoglou said on Instagram. "I think everyone will agree his number one quality is resilience and love for the fight. "He loves the fight, he loves it when it's tough, where most players don't like those moments, he loves them," Mouratoglou added.

"That's where he feels alive and himself. And that made his career." Nadal now owns a record 21 Grand Slam titles. Nadal returned to Spain following his Australian Open victory. Nadal's next scheduled tournament is Acapulco.

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