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Australian Open: Nadal beats Medvedev to claim record 21st grand slam

Australian Open: Nadal beats Medvedev to claim record 21st grand slam
January 30
15:43 2022

Rafael Nadal came back from two set down to defeat Daniil Medvedev in the final of this year’s Australian Open to claim a record 21 grand slam titles. 

The world number six achieved the feat on Sunday afternoon at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

The Spaniard fought back from two sets to win the epic battle 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.

Nadal has now gone ahead of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time men’s standings. 

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Nadal’s victory also made it his second Australian Open title.

From 2-1 down, Medvedev won the next five games in a row and took the first set point that he created. 

The Russian produced a fantastic tennis skills throughout the first set, where he made just five unforced errors to Nadal’s 16. 

The second set, which lasted for 84 minutes, saw Medvedev take the two set.

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Nadal took the third set, which lasted 62 minutes, with a clean forehand winner down the line.

He also took the fourth with a 6-4 win to take the 2022 Australian Open edition into the fifth set.

Nadal then consolidated an early break against Medvedev to lead 4-2 in the fifth and deciding set before winning it 7-6 to claim the title.

The Sunday duel was the 5th time the pair will be meeting — extending Nadal record over Medvedev to 4-1. 

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