Daniil Medvedev claimed his first Major crown at the last year's US Open. The Russian became world no. 1 this season but could only stay at the top for a short time. Medvedev kicked off the 2022 season with three consecutive top-10 wins.
He reached the Australian Open final and moved closer to his fourth triumph over the rivals from the top after forging a 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 lead against Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard refused to surrender and performed one of his finest comebacks in a 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 win after five hours and 24 minutes.
Medvedev could not fight for more notable titles in the rest of the season, suffering eight consecutive top-10 losses and finishing the year with three ATP Finals defeats. The Russian fought well in Turin, but it was not enough for at least 200 ATP points after falling to Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic in the deciding tie break!
Daniil served for the win against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic, spoiling his chances and leaving Turin empty-handed. Speaking about the Australian Open final, Medvedev admitted he could not chase notable titles after that tough defeat.
Nadal did not play well in the opener in Melbourne, struggling and failing to serve out for the second set. Medvedev grabbed it in the tie break and found himself miles in front before set number three.
Daniil Medvedev lost an epic Australian Open final to Rafael Nadal.
The Spaniard faced those three break points in the third set's sixth game, and it would have been over for him had he lost any of those points. In a manner of a true champion, Nadal survived and claimed a break in game nine to steal the set and improve his chances.
Things became serious when Rafa broke twice in the fourth set and forced a decider, recovering and fighting like a lion. The Spaniard opened a 5-3 lead in the final set before the Russian made one last push and broke back for 5-5.
Nadal started all over, broke again in game 11 and sealed the deal on his serve to celebrate the first Australian Open crown in 13 years. "It was hard for me to achieve notable results following that Australian Open loss, despite making the finals and winning one tournament.
I did not play badly this year; I'm in Turin. I have to keep working, and significant results should come. I will be sad for a couple of days before turning the page and getting ready for 2023," Daniil Medvedev said.