Daniil Medvedev: “Rafael Nadal and I played terrific match.”

At the 2017 US Open, Daniil Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets to earn the first Major title. At this year’s Australian Open, when he advanced to the final and competed against Rafael Nadal for the trophy, the Russian had the opportunity to prolong his winning streak.

Nadal only participated in two matches in the second half of 2021 due to foot pain, and the season was over in August. At the beginning of 2022, the Spaniard had no idea what to anticipate. But he still made the decision to go to Melbourne and give it a shot.

Nadal found his best form at the Australian Open, winning two titles and making history while feeling comfortable on the practice court and not worrying about medals.

In Melbourne, Rafael Nadal defeated Daniil Medvedev with distinction.

The Spaniard won the first Major of the year for the first time since 2009 and set a record with his record-breaking 21st Major victory, passing Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who both had 20.

At the Australian Open, Rafa overcame all challenges to win the title and demonstrate his unfailing class once more. The Spaniard was in danger of suffering his fifth straight loss in the Down Under finals. Against the world’s No. 1, he was down 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, and 40-0.

2 Daniil Medvedev before pulling off one of his best comebacks to take first place. In the second-longest Major final in history, Rafa prevailed by scores of 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, and 7-5!

When Nadal encountered those three break points in the sixth game of the third set, he was on the verge of defeat. He won that game and received a tremendous bonus that allowed him to level up. After breaking his opponent in game nine of the third set with a backhand down the line winner, Nadal won the set and took the lead right away in the fourth.

Rafa, who had been playing for four hours and twelve minutes, held at love in game 10 to win the set and force a decider. A forehand winner down the line from the Spaniard in the fifth game of the decider gave him a 3-2 lead and moved him closer to the finish line.

After surviving three break points in the sixth game, Nadal emerged victorious in the eighth game to establish a 5-3 lead. Medvedev extended his chances and fought valiantly despite squandering a massive advantage in game 10 to tie the match at 5-5.

Rafa won the third break opportunity in the 11th game by remaining calm and applying his considerable expertise, and he sealed the job on his serve a few minutes later to win the 21st Major title.