Historical and epic Rafa Nadal: overcomes Medvedev in the Australian Open and wins his 21st major | sports


Rafa Nadal, during one of the matches he has played in this Australian Open.
Rafa Nadal, during one of the matches he has played in this Australian Open.DAVE HUNT (EFE)

It seemed that he was finished, melted, without resources to contain or respond to his rival. But Rafa Nadal never gives up or throws in the towel, capable of achieving what has only been achieved six times in history, as he won against the Russian Daniil Medvedev in a Grand Slam final after falling in the first two sets ( 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 7-5). It is the 21st major for Nadal, at 35 years old, which is why he surpasses Djokovic and Federer by one in the historic career of the Grand Slam.

It was an epic match, with capital letters, unforgettable. Initially, Medvedev was a superlative tennis player. No bugs, no problems. The Russian, with endless legs to reach all sides, also with octopus arms to subtract any pitch, was able to govern Nadal, who was unsuccessfully trying to find the best version of him, the one that the rival claimed. But the Balearic did not get the serves as it happened throughout the tournament and he did not know how to reply to the balls that came from the other side of the net, especially the Russian’s parallel setbacks. One set, two sets… And it seemed that the final would not last long. But with Nadal in front, that never happens, a tennis player with seven lives who never gives up.

With the public devoted to Nadal, because he wanted a longer final, Medvedev began to feel the pressure, to the point that he asked the chair umpire to silence him on a couple of occasions. A weakness that Nadal did not let go. So he started building his tennis, that one with wide-angled forehands, that one with straight backhands and even a better serve. Also that of timely and tight drops to tire the Russian, to win the next two sets.

In the fifth he again broke Medvedev’s serve, who continued with some high-flying tennis. Insufficient in any case to beat Rafa, who is consecrated in Australia and achieves his 21st Grand Slam title, one more than Djokovic and Federer.

It has been a pleasure to share this match with you, this final to remember!

Thank you very much and see you soon.

Enormous triumph of Nadal in the Rod Laver of the Australian Open (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 7-5). It seemed that he was lost but he did not win and was able to come back from two sets against a rival who was displaying his best tennis.

Nadal has no end, champion of his 21st Grand Slam, more than anyone else in the world of tennis because Federer and Djokovic have 20.

And Rafa manages to win the Australian Open!

The tennis player was two sets down, but he was able to turn the match around!

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-5).

¡Ace of Rafa! Three match balls for Rafa….

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-5).

– Long exchange of blows from the bottom of the court that Rafa takes (15-0).

– Manages to impose his tennis with the service (30-0).

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-5).

Well yes! Nadal manages to take the game and break the Russian’s serve… he will Serve again to win the Australian Open.

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 5-5).

Rafa misses two chances to break the serve. Will it go to the third charm?

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 5-5).

– Daniel’s needles (30-15)

– Daniil’s drop that seemed impossible to answer… But Rafa not only arrives but also crosses it to win the point (30-30)

– Daniil’s mistake with the right… (30-40). breaking point.

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 5-5).

– Rafael is not dead. He never is. He now reaches a difficult ball and makes Medvedev miss the volley (0-15).

– Exchange of blows that the Russian takes (15-15).

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 5-5).

And Medvedev wins the game! Rafa shoots the ball into the net… Medvedev puts out his fist. It is not for less…

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 5-4).

– Spectacular point from Medvedev… That has the possibility of breaking his serve…

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 5-4).

– Now a right hand escapes him… (30-15).

– Double fault… At what point! 30-30

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 5-4).

– Good serve from Rafa that Daniil sends out (15-0).

– Huge serve and volley that ends his point (30-0).

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 5-4).

Medvedev does not give up or give up. The Russian player achieves with a high-voltage tennis the game with his service. But now it will be Nadal who serves to win the Australian Open…

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 5-3).

– Nadal’s right hand that sends him to the corner (0-15).

– Nadal’s cut backhand that stays in the net (15-15).

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 5-3).

Rafa throws another drop shot at Daniil with his right… The Russian arrives on time but not to put the ball into the opponent’s half. Advantage for Nadal, who won this tournament in 2009.

And Rafa’s point! I play for Rafa, who is only one game away from winning the Australian Open.

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 4-3).

– Rafa’s error after a great return from Daniil (15-15).

– Wonderful drop by Rafa that the Russian did not reach (30-15).

– Great point from Daniil. He defends himself from behind and before Rafa’s volley he arrives in time to cross the ball (30-30).

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 4-3).

– Rafa wins the first point from the net after a sensational exchange of shots from the back of the court (15-0).

We have been five hours into the match, five hours into the final at the Australian Open.

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 4-3).

Nadal seems to save forces. She knows that now it depends on him. Medvedev does not fail with the serve and wins the game in white.

Nadal – Medvedev (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 4-2).

Nadal game! He has suffered and fought it because he has lifted three break balls. Now, if he manages to win his next two serves he will be the Australian Open champion.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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