When Rafael Nadal fell asleep while watching his highlights

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When Rafael Nadal fell asleep while watching his highlights

Rafael Nadal played only 29 matches in 2021, struggling with injuries and not fighting for Major titles. The Spaniard did his best to recover and make a fresh start in 2022, traveling to Melbourne without knowing what to expect.

Leaving all the problems behind, Nadal claimed two titles in Melbourne and wrote history as the first player with 21 Major titles! Rafa prevailed over Denis Shapovalov and bested Matteo Berrettini to advance into the title clash.

Nadal faced world no. 2 Daniil Medvedev in a battle for the trophy and scored a memorable 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 triumph in five hours and 24 minutes for his first trophy Down Under since 2009! Nadal performed one of his most notable comebacks in a career to celebrate the first Major since October 2020.

Asked if he had watched the highlights from a marathon match, Nadal admitted he turned them on during the flight and fell asleep, finishing them tomorrow when his other flight got canceled. Nadal came from the verge of defeat and overpowered a ten-years younger opponent to lift the second Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and move in front of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal claimed the second Australian Open title this year.

Rafa became the first player in the Open era who came from two sets to love down in the Australian Open final, despite standing on the verge of defeat at 2-6, 6-7, 2-3, 0-40!

Nadal saved those three break points in the sixth game and started his fantastic comeback. He took sets three and four to force a decider and pushed himself to endure another challenging set against the US Open winner. The Spaniard moved 5-3 up in the final set and served for the title in game ten, only to suffer a break from 30-0 up.

Keeping his focus, Rafa broke again in game 11 and held at love a few minutes later to start a massive celebration and become the first player with 21 Major titles. Nadal became the second player with two titles at all four Majors after Novak Djokovic, claiming at least one Major trophy in 15 seasons since 2005 to extend his legacy and return home with a smile on his face.

At 35 years and six months, Rafa became the third-oldest Major winner after Roger Federer and Ken Rosewall, finally lifting the second crown in Melbourne after losing four straight finals Down Under after 2009.