A couple of weeks ago, Rafael Nadal became the first player with 21 Major titles, leaving Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on 20. Struggling with a foot injury, Nadal played only two matches after the last year's Roland Garros, wrapping up the season in August and hoping for a fresh start in 2022.
Not sure what to expect, Rafa traveled to Melbourne determined to give his best at two tournaments and test his physical strength in the best-of-five format. As we all know, Nadal scored ten victories from ten matches at Melbourne Park, lifting two trophies and writing history.
Following the ATP 250 title, his first since May last year, Nadal conquered the first Australian Open crown since 2009 and secured the 21st Major. In a memorable final, Nadal trailed 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 against world no. 2 Daniil Medvedev before performing one of his most brilliant comebacks and earning a 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 triumph in five hours and 24 minutes.
Rafael Nadal spoke about his 21st Major title in Acapulco.
Thus, Rafa became the first player with 21 Major crowns and stopped the clock again after a massive setback and terrible period in the previous six months. Nadal will compete in Acapulco this week, seeking the fourth title in Mexico and hoping to extend the winning streak against the rivals like Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev.
Speaking about the Australian Open success in Acapulco, Nadal admitted it does not make much of a difference to move from 20 Majors to 21. The Spaniard revealed it does not change his life, especially at this age and after so many successful years on the Tour.
"To be honest, nothing has changed after I won the 21st Major title. Having 20 or 21 does not make much of a difference. Life goes on as the same as before. The one thing that has changed is that I'm now playing tennis, which I could not a few months ago.
I'm thrilled about everything that happened in Australia, as I did not expect that. Nothing has changed in my life, and no title would cause that, as I know what is essential for me. At 35, and after a great experience in the past two decades and many ups and downs, I'm calm when it comes to my results on the court, even after the sensational one like in Melbourne," Rafael Nadal said.