Australian Open: Rafael Nadal wins record 21st Grand Slam title

Sports Sunday 30/January/2022 18:33 PM
Australian Open: Rafael Nadal wins record 21st Grand Slam title
Rafael Nadal wrote men's tennis history in dramatic fashion as he came from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final.

MelbourneRafael Nadal staged an incredible comeback against Daniil Medvedev to win the 2022 Australian Open and claim a record 21st career Grand Slam.

Nadal, who hadn't won a best-of-five sets match from two sets behind since 2007, won 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 to secure his second Australian Open title.

The match appeared to be going the way of Medvedev as he won a pulsating second set tie-break and had three break-point opportunities in the middle of the third set.

However, Nadal managed to hold his serve before breaking Medvedev for the first time in the match on his way to winning the third set 6-4.

The long, intense baseline rallies continued in the fourth set, with both players digging deep under the pressure.

Medvedev responded to an early Nadal break, but the latter broke the Russian again to the delight of the crowd.

Nadal held his nerve to serve out the set, to take the match to a decider after more than four hours.

Both players maintained an extraordinary level of tennis, despite the growing tension as break-point opportunities were missed in the first four games.

The key moment came when Nadal broke Medvedev in a tight fifth game to go ahead for the first time in nearly five hours.

Medvedev had chances to break back immediately, but Nadal just held on in another long game.

Nadal served for the match at 5-4, but Medvedev showed his class by breaking the 35-year-old to level things up.

Another twist came just minutes later as Nadal broke Medvedev for a second time in the set to serve for the title again.