John McEnroe reflects on Rafael Nadal's astonishing Australian Open victory

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John McEnroe reflects on Rafael Nadal's astonishing Australian Open victory

Former world No. 1 John McEnroe said it was "amazing" what Rafael Nadal pulled off at the Australian Open as he thought Daniil Medvedev should have won the title. World No. 2 Medvedev was up by two sets in the Australian Open final before Nadal stormed to back to win the final and lift his second Australian Open title.

Medvedev was up by two sets, had a 3-2 lead in the third set and three consecutive break points. Somehow Nadal dug himself out of the uncomfortable situation and went on to claim a stunning five-set victory. “Obviously Rafa pulled off an amazing feat,” McEnroe said.

“And I also like Medvedev - I thought he should have won it. “We’ll see how he reacts moving forward and what other guys are going to step up. “You know, at that time, these other guys have been winning everything.

So you would think these young guys are getting hungry - they want to win something”.

Medvedev praised an 'unreal' Nadal

After the final, Medvedev wasn't disappointed with how he performed. Actually, he though Nadal played "unreal."

"It was a huge match, for sure some small points, small details that I could have done better if I wanted to win. But that's tennis, that's life," Medvedev said. "(It) was a huge match. Rafa played unreal, raised his level.

I mean, two sets to love up, I was like, 'C'mon, just go for him, go for more.' "In (the) fifth set, I was like 'make him run.' He was unreal. He was really strong, like the way he played, at four hours I was even surprised.

But, of course, we know how Rafa can play. He didn't play for six months. He told me after the match that he didn't practice so much. It was unreal." Nadal and Medvedev could meet in the Acapulco semifinal this week.