Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev admits he had never seen anything like Rafael Nadal's stunning comeback in the Australian Open final. Nadal, a former world No. 1, appeared to be done in the Australian Open as Daniil Medvedev was cruising toward a straight-set win.
Medvedev was up by two sets, had a 3-2 lead in the third set and also had three consecutive break points on Nadal's serve. Nadal saved those break points and went on to claim a 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 win. Nadal blew a 5-3 lead in the fifth set but regained his focus and won the following two games to complete a comeback win.
"Daniil had opportunities in the third set at 0-40. He just swallowed and swallowed everything, not one word of complaint. In the end, he was leading, serving for the match but couldn't make it. Not one word of complaint.
Then he won it! I have never seen something like this in my life," Rublev reflected.
Nadal won a record 21st Grand Slam
Nadal has had many great battles and big wins throughout his career. After the Australian Open final, Nadal admitted the win over Medvedev will be the one that will always stand out for him.
“It was one of the most emotional matches of my career,” Nadal said during the trophy ceremony. “To share the court with Daniil was just an honour. It is amazing. To be honest, one and a half months ago I wasn’t sure if I was able to be back on the Tour playing tennis again.
But today I am here in front of all of you with this trophy in front of me. You are just amazing, thank you so much”. Nadal is 15-0 in 2022 as he has claimed titles at the Melbourne Summer Set, Australian Open and Acapulco. Nadal will be a top favorite for the French Open this May.