Monte Carlo Masters tournament director Zeljko Franulovic was in awe after watching what Rafael Nadal pulled off in the Australian Open final. Nadal was down by two sets to world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final before storming back to win 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5.
Medvedev was up by two sets, had a 3-2 lead in the third set and three consecutive break points in the sixth game. Nadal saved those three consecutive break points and that's when his historic comeback started. "I followed [the 2022 Australian Open final]," Franulovic told Var-Martin, as revealed on Sportskeeda.
"What Rafael Nadal did in Australia, to me, is worthy of a Netflix movie. I've never seen that. It is something superhuman. Nadal has extraordinary mental strength."
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"We must not forget Daniil [Medvedev] who had an equally incredible match," Franulovic added. "It takes two for [a match like that]." Franulovic confirmed that Nadal plans to play in Monte Carlo this year. "For me, there is no need to even announce [that Rafael Nadal will be playing at the 2022 Monte-Carlo Masters]," Franulovic said.
"He will be there, it is one of his favorite tournaments and ideal in his preparation for Roland Garros. He will come here to win, as always, with his 11 titles". After winning the Melbourne Summer Set and Australian Open, Nadal returned home to Spain.
Nadal's next scheduled tournament is Acapulco, which starts on February 21. "I signed up for Acapulco and Indian Wells, but I have to make a decision that are in accordance with what my body allows me to do. Acapulco is the closer one, I would like to be there but I have to see what are the perspective," Nadal said.