At the Australian Open this year, Rafael Nadal won his 21st Major championship. The Spaniard won his first Melbourne championship since 2009, after battling through some difficult defeats along the way and ultimately succeeding. In 2021, I suffered one of those difficult defeats to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Before the Greek staged an unbelievable comeback to defeat the legend, Nadal had established a two-set to love advantage. Prior to the Australian Open, Rafa suffered a back injury in Adelaide and was forced to miss the ATP Cup.
The Spaniard started off strong at the season-opening Major despite not knowing what to anticipate. Without spending a lot of time on the court, Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals with four victories in a row. Rafa was defeated by Stefanos in five exhilarating sets, failing to advance to the semi-final.
After the third set serve, Tsitsipas gave an outstanding performance to earn a 3-6 2-6 7-6 6-4 7-5 triumph in four hours and five minutes. In the third set, Stefanos, who was up a set, controlled the tempo of his service games and won the tie break 7-4.
In the break, Nadal committed some striking errors that cost him dearly because they prevented him from regaining his composure for the remainder of the match. After losing the drive in sets four and five, Rafa couldn’t handle the strain and received a break in both to reach the exit gate.
As the match went on, Nadal‘s groundstrokes started to lose a little bit of rhythm, and he found it difficult to beat Stefanos on the return. Tsitsipas simultaneously gave his opponent everything he had, winning by far the biggest significant margin of his career and moving on to his second semi-final at the Australian Open in three years.
“They were challenging times. I had to come up with answers every day before the Australian Open in order to compete, and I did. Reaching the quarterfinals wasn’t a bad outcome, but it wasn’t as excellent as I would have liked.”
The legendary Rafa Nadal.
Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal‘s uncle and former coach, recently shared his opinions on his nephew’s transition into parenthood.
“He will act normally in doing this. He is not a unique person because many people, including football players, do this. It will be difficult for him to be away when he first needs to go to Australia, but in the end, it is the price you have to pay “explained he.
According to reports from Spain, Rafael Nadal and his wife Maria Francisca Perello welcomed their first child, a boy, on Saturday, October 8, 2022. The couple wed in 2019.