Rafael Nadal had numerous uncertainties going into the current season after participating in just two official matches in the second half of 2021. Nadal decided to fly to Melbourne and test his body in a little competition before the Australian Open despite having a foot issue.
The Spaniard won the 89th ATP trophy and gained some momentum before the season’s opening Major after defeating three opponents at the Melbourne ATP 250 event. In best-of-five matches, Rafa didn’t know what to expect, but he got off to a strong start and is now a possibility to win his first Australian Open title since 2009.
Before defeating Karen Khachanov in four sets in just under three hours, Nadal defeated Yannick Hanfmann and Marcos Giron in the first two rounds. The Spaniard defeated Adrian Mannarino after a grueling first set, then outlasted the Frenchman in the final two games to go to the quarterfinals.
Rafa was tested to the limit in the struggle for the semifinal by Denis Shapovalov. Before Nadal triumphed 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 in four hours and eight minutes, the Canadian took sets three and four. In order to proceed to the sixth title match at Melbourne Park against World No. 1, Nadal overcame Matteo Berrettini after passing that test.
He was surrounded by Daniil Medvedev, who was holding the trophy. The veteran won the epic match 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, and 7-5 in five hours and 24 minutes to become the first player in history to hoist the 21st Major trophy. Rafa struggled to play effectively in the first match and blew a lead in the second to fall behind two sets.
At 3-2 in the third set, Medvedev had three break chances, and Nadal believed his match was finished. The Spaniard, though, managed to win that game and gained a ton of momentum that helped him advance to the set. Rafa raised his game and won the fourth set to force a deciding. He then created a 5-3 lead and appeared poised to win the match.
Nadal has planned a South American exhibition tour.
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. A promotional tour of South America and Mexico has been planned by Rafael Nadal for late November. His protege and World No. 3 Casper Ruud will play alongside the No. 2 player in the world.