The victory achieved by Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open 2022 left everyone speechless. The former world number 1 reassembled Daniil Medvedev in the final two sets, undermining his opponent's certainties when the Russian seemed one step away from the finish line.
This triumph allowed the Spanish phenomenon to rise to 21 Majors, overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking. The 35-year-old from Manacor will try to stretch further already at Roland Garros, where he will go hunting for his 14th seal.
It will be necessary to understand whether or not Nole will be able to participate in the Parisian Grand Slam without being vaccinated. Rafa became the fourth man in history to have won all majors at least twice, keeping company with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson.
The Majorcan should return to the field in Acalpulco, to then compete in the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami. Host of the podcast 'KickServeRadio.com', Jon Levine expressed his opinion on Nadal's ride 'Down Under'
Recall that the Iberian had just returned from a long stop due to injury.
Levine on Rafael Nadal
"Anything can happen in any match and you do in the end, have to give all the credit to Rafael Nadal," Levine said.
"Because, I mean, let's face it, the guy pulls out some incredible shots and incredible points in the biggest points. He makes the greatest shots and you just don't know how he gets some of these shots back," he continued.
"Yeah, and he does it in the big moments and and so you got to, you know, 35 years old and that kind of a five set gruelling match." Levine went on to describe the World No. 5 as a "warrior" who was able to outlast a much-younger opponent in one of the biggest matches of his career, while also likening him to comic book superhero Iron Man.
"You know, he was in the end, he was the warrior and he outdueled," Levine said "It was like the, you know, like Iron Man, right? I mean, he's the was the last man standing." Speaking about his on-court rituals, Nadal emphasized on the formula required for maintaining complete concentration.
It isn’t uncommon for athletes to have such rituals, stars from a sport that Nadal loves, soccer, are infamous for having many little rituals before and during games as well. He said, “Each one has to find their way of concentrating. There is no absolute formula. Someone who has many rituals for it tells you”.