Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal made history on Sunday when he became the greatest Grand Slam winner ever. The Ibri won the Australian Open, adding his 21st title to one of the four most important world championships held each year.
The Spaniard beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in five sets, 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in the Australian Open final.
Medvedev started the match by beating Nadal thanks to his powerful serve and precise forehand. However, for the second set, the Spaniard warned the Russian that it would not be easy as he advanced 4-1 and lost 7-6 in the tiebreak.
At that time, Nadal had already shown his opponent the tenacity he had to recover from adversity and began to link big shots in contrast to Medvedev who, at times, gave up space on the field.
The final match of the fifth match of the third set was when the Spaniard broke Medvedev’s serve. Nadal then defended his serve to lead 4-2 in a match that saw six draws and lasted 13 minutes.
In Australia, Nadal won the Grand Slam final for the fourth time in five sets. He also achieved this at Wimbledon 2008, Australia 2009 and the US Open in 2019.
Nadal surpassed Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, both of whom have 20 titles in this type of tournament, which also includes Roland Garros in France, Wimbledon in the United Kingdom, and the US Open Grand Slam.
Throughout his career, Iberi won the French Open at Roland Garros 13 times, twice on turf at Wimbledon, won the title four times at the US Open, and on Sunday, claimed his second Australian Open title.
Medvedev, who is currently ranked second in the ATP rankings, missed, after his defeat, the chance to win for the second time in the Grand Slam and removed Serbian Novak Djokovic from the first seed in the standings.
The Russian player won his first major tournament last year at the US Open, defeating Djokovic in the final.
He was also the runner-up at the 2019 US Open and 2021 Australian Open.
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