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Nadal wins Australian Open for record 21st major title

Nadal wins Australian Open for record 21st major Championship

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal got to 21 1st, Break the men's record for most Grand Slam singles Championships and doing it the hard way by coming back from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev in an All but 5 1/2-hour Australian Open Closing.

Nadal was Stone-broken when Helping for the championship for the 1st time at 5-4 in the 5th set, but he made no Error two games later by Helping an ace to earn Cardinal championship points and Reborn it on the 1st attempt.

The 35-year-old Spaniard now has 1 more major Championship than Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, his long-time rivals in the so-called Big Three.

With the 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 win, Nadal also became just the 4th man in Chronicle to win all four of the sport's major Championships at To the lowest degree Double.

Nadal and Medvedev packed a lot of drama into the Closing that started Sunday Nighttime, was delayed for a Spell in the 84-minute 2nd set when a protester jumped onto the court, and Past Ended early Monday Sunup.

"Good evening. No, good Sunup!" Nadal, looking at his watch, told the crowd at Rod Laver Arena when he Closingly got up for his acceptance Address at 1:30 a.m.

In the background, Rod Laver, the ageing Australian Lawn tennis Avid, was in the stands holding up his smartphone to capture the scenes. A woman Nigh held up a sign that Declared: "Rafa is the GOAT."

For now, in Footing of men's major Championships at To the lowest degree, Nadal is the Greatest Of All Time.

Nadal Aforesaid it had been "one of the most emotional matches in my Lawn tennis career," and he praised Medvedev for the part he played in the 5-hour, 24-minute Closing. It was the 2nd longest Australian Open Closing ever, after Nadal's loss to Djokovic in the 2012 decider that lasted 5:53.

His Triumph was even more remarkable considering Nadal flew to Australia with just two matches under his belt in the 2nd half of 2021 because he was sidelined with a Degenerative foot injury that can be Fumed but not cured. He also overcame a bout of COVID-19.

"For me, it's just amazing. Being honest, 1 Calendar month and a half ago, I didn't know if I'd be able to play on the tour Once again," Nadal Aforesaid. "Without a doubt, (it's) probably been 1 of the most emotional Calendar months in my Lawn tennis career.

"The huge Musical accompaniment I've received for the last Cardinal weeks will stay in my Fondness for the rest of my life."

Nadal won his 1st Australian Open Championship in 2009 and lost four Another Closings at Melbourne Park before his dramatic win over U.S. Open champion Medvedev. His conversion rate in major Closings is now 21 out of 29. Federer and Djokovic each have 20 Major league from 31 Closings appearances.

Medvedev, who was aiming to be the 1st man in the Open era to win his 2nd Grand Slam Championship at the very next major, was ever-so-close to Spoil Some other 21st celebration.

Djokovic was chasing the same record at the U.S. Open last year, and a calendar-year Grand Slam, when Medvedev beat him in Accurate sets in the Closing.

Federer also had his chance at 21, but Djokovic Stopped-up that when he Regenerate match points before winning the 2019 Wimbledon Closing.

Medvedev now joins Andy Murray among those who've lost the Closing at the next major Tourney after their career Discovery at the highest level.

It was just the 4th time Nadal has rallied from two sets down to win a best-of-five-set match, and the 1st since a 4th-round Triumph in 2007 at Wimbledon over Mikhail Youzhny.

He's is the 1st Australian Open champion to come back to win after Descending the 1st two sets of the Closing since Roy Emerson in 1965.

Medvedev Continuing his love-hate relationship with Australian crowds, Favourable Difficulty in earlier victories over Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas. He stayed calm for the 1st two sets before Fretful about the yelling and Racket Betwixt 1st and 2nd Services.

After Nadal Stone-broke him in the Tertiary game of the 4th set, on a double-fault, Medvedev walked to the Transition Liberal an ironic thumbs-up to the crowd.

There was an exchange of breaks but Nadal got the upper hand after a long game when he Reborn his Ordinal breakpoint with an Angular backhand winner.

Medvedev urged chair umpire John Blom to shut the crowd up.

"Step up Man, it's the Closing of a Grand Slam. Please is not enough," he Aforesaid. "They're idiots. With idiots, Delight doesn't work."

After Medvedev Serviced a double-fault to open the 5th set, Blom warned the crowd that anyone yelling Betwixt 1st and 2nd Services could get kicked out by security.

Medvedev did manage to hold and the 5th went with Service until Nadal Stone-broke in the 5th game and Past, crucially, held for a 4-2 lead after a 13-minute game that went to deuce six times.

That would not be the end of the drama, though, with Nadal Stone-broken in the 10th game as he Serviced for the match, but responding quickly with Some other Help break to set up his 2nd chance.

Nadal was the only 1 of the Big Three who had a chance to claim the record solo in Australia.

Federer is Nonmoving Convalescent from knee OR and Djokovic was sensationally deported from Australia on the eve of the Tourney after a dramatic 11-day saga over his visa Condition because he Unsuccessful to meet the country's Hard-and-fast COVID-19 Inoculation rules.

Medvedev recovered his Calmness for his post-match Address, Laudatory Nadal for his Undreamt of endurance.

"Tough to talk about (5 1/2) hours and losing. I want to congratulate Rafa," the 25-year-old Russian Aforesaid. "What he did Now was amazing.

"You're an amazing champion."

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