Wilander: "I don't know where Rafael Nadal found the energy to win"



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Wilander: "I don't know where Rafael Nadal found the energy to win"

Guest of the podcast KickServeRadio.com, Mats Wilander is back to talk about Rafael Nadal's ride at the Australian Open 2022. Mats said: "I think it was the most incredible comeback he has ever seen in a Grand Slam.

Rafael Nadal seemed one step away from defeat already against Denis Shapovalov, I don't know where he found the strength to complete the work. He resisted Matteo Berrettini's comeback attempt in the semifinals and appeared in the final against Daniil Medvedev as an underdog.

After the first two sets, Rafa's chances were reduced to a flicker. He needed to change the game and I have no idea how he did it. This success has immense value for him." . Through his Instagram profile, Patrick Mouratoglou celebrated Nadal's feat: "The Spaniard has started to use the slice much more, with the aim of bringing Medvedev to uncomfortable areas of the pitch.

The Russian has lost many points in advantageous situations, a factor that has cracked his certainties. Daniil began to hesitate and Rafa didn't let the opportunity slip away."

Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open 2022

Rafael Nadal has won several grueling marathons during his career, but the feat against Daniil Medvedev at the last Australian Open is undoubtedly one of the most special.

The former world number 1, who had turned up in Melbourne amidst a thousand uncertainties, recovered two sets from the Russian in the final, winning his second AO. Just when the Muscovite seemed one step away from the finish line, the Spaniard found the energy to reverse the inertia of the match.

Thanks to this triumph, the Majorcan overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to reach 21 Slams. Rafa became the fourth man in history to have conquered all majors at least twice (keeping company with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson).

The 35-year-old from Manacor will try to reach 22 already at Roland Garros, where he will be the big favorite for the win. The choice not to get vaccinated could prevent Nole from defending his title in Paris, exactly as happened in Australia.