The 2022 Australian Open ended with Rafael Nadal's spectacular triumph. The Spanish champion proved once again to be a sporting legend, recovering two sets of Daniil Medvedev in the final. Just when the Russian glimpsed the banner of the finish line, the former world number 1 made every effort to overturn the inertia of the challenge.
The certainties of the Muscovite have cracked at the most beautiful, allowing Rafa to perform a memorable feat. Thanks to this victory, the Majorcan overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to reach 21 Majors. The 35-year-old Iberian has also become the fourth man in history to have won all the Slams at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson).
Rafa will be the big favorite at the next Roland Garros, waiting to see if Djokovic will be present in Paris or not. The choice not to get vaccinated could compromise the entire season of the Serbian, who was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open.
In a recent interview with 'Diario De Cadiz', Benito Perez-Barbadillo said fine words for the 21-time Grand Slam champion.
Barbadillo talks about Nadal
"For me, Rafael Nadal is a tennis phenomenon from all points of view," the communications head said.
"But the best thing he has is his head because he has tremendous intelligence when playing. For me there he has no rival." Benito Perez-Barbadillo went on to assert that Rafael Nadal is a humble and nice person off the court.
He also surmised that Nadal likes Federer because of his authenticity, and that neither of them is a "created thing". "He is different from us Andalusians, obviously, but he is a very normal guy and a very good person," Perez-Barbadillo said.
"I think that Rafa likes him [Federer] so much for that very reason, because he is very authentic, without duplicity, and because he is not a created thing." Paula Badosa is in Dubai, where she is set to make her debut at the WTA 500 Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.
Speaking to the media on the eve of the event, Paula opened up about Nadal’s victory in Melbourne Park. She talked about her emotions when Nadal came back from 2 sets down to win the match. “I was shocked after watching the match.
I’m still shocked. It was amazing to see him win a match after losing the first two sets. It’s not really surprising because it’s Rafa, but he did it against the number two in the world. I have no words”.