Nadal Wins 21st Slam

January 31, 2022 Nadal Wins 21st Slam

By: Carlos Alvarez

(6) Rafael Nadal Comes Back From 2 Sets Down to Win Australian Open

Things looked bleak for Rafael Nadal in the opening two sets of the Australian Open final against Daniil Medvedev on Sunday morning, but the record-setting 21st slam was just getting a proper setup. Nadal rallied from two sets down to stun Medvedev in a five-set thriller. The Aussie Open victory brought Nadal his 21st major title, breaking the tie with Novak Djokovic (20) and Roger Federer (20) for the most all-time in men’s tennis.


The Final: Medvedev delivered 23 aces to Nadal’s 3 in what appeared to be a runaway for the Russian, but Nadal gained his composure and buried Medvedev early in sets 3 and 4. The fifth and final set went back and forth until Rafa stretched the lead and collapsed in jubilation.


“It has been one of the most emotional matches in my tennis career and to share the court with [Medvedev] was an honor. I don’t even know what to say, guys, for me it’s just amazing.” — Rafael Nadal



(6) R. Nadal def. (2) D. Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5)


Additional Storylines

The Guardian: Rafael Nadal’s 21st Grand Slam Salute — In Pictures

NY Times: Rafael Nadal Wins the Australian Open, His 21st Grand Slam Title

SI: Rafael Nadal Breaks Down On Court After Grueling Five-Set Australian Open Final


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