Coach Carlos Moya insists the whole Rafael Nadal team was avoiding talking about a potential 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Nadal, 35, made tennis history at Melbourne Park after beating Daniil Medvedev. Nadal now has a record of 21 Grand Slams, while Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are tied on the second place with 20 Grand Slams each.
"I can assure you that in Australia we never talked about the 21st Grand Slam title even though it was on the horizon, you know it can happen. Talking about it would just create additional pressure. We do not fuel this debate, we leave it to the press and tennis fans.
Rafa is happy with what he has, he will be happy if he finishes with 21 and Djokovic with 25. It's not good to be obsessed. Obviously, he is not going to give up on the idea of a winning a 22nd Grand Slam. If the opportunity arises he will fight to achieve it," Moya told Punto de Break, as revealed on We Love Tennis.
Nadal made a stunning comeback
World No. 2 Medvedev was up by two sets, had a 3-2 lead in the third set and three consecutive break points in the sixth game of the third set. Nadal saved those three break points and that was the beginning of his historic comeback.
Federer missed out on a chance to win a 21st Grand Slam after blowing two match points in the 2019 Wimbledon final against Djokovic. "What's amazing is how he seized his chance," Moya said. "Roger had two match points to win the 21st Grand Slam and could not convert them.
Novak couldn't resist the pressure and played one of the worst matches in years in the final of the US Open 2021. But Rafa was able to recover from a bad start and control his nerves, while knowing that he was facing a great opportunity in his career." Nadal is expected to return to action next week in Acapulco.