The ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal emerges victorious and stitches history in the 2022 season of the Australian Open Men’s Singles on Sunday. He lifted his 21st Grand Slam Singles Title this year, becoming the first-ever tennis player to do so. He broke the tie and surpassed Roger Federer and Novak Dijakovic who are tied at 20 Grand Slam titles each. Nadal defeated the Russian player and World’s no. 2 Ranked Daniil Medvedev in a five-set duel by 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-5 at the Rod Laver Arena.
The high-ferocity match lasted an incredible 5 hours and 24 minutes and both competitors showcased a dazzling performance with hard-hitting blows. The World’s Number 2 took a lead in the first two sets but the ‘King of Clay’ made a phenomenal comeback in the pending sets towards a roaring victory and made his comeback in the game. This season served as a golden chance for Nadal as Dijakovic missed his chance and was deported due to his vaccination status, while Federer is out of action due to his various injuries.
In the post-match interview, Nadal congratulates Daniil and wishes him luck in the future. Nadal then calls this moment the “most emotional moment of his career”.
He also stated that “I thought this might be my last Australian Open but this has given me enough energy to maybe keep going. I will keep trying my very best to come again next year.”