Spain’s Rafael Nadal makes history by winning his 21st Grand Slam title in the Australian Open 2022.
The tennis ace was down two sets and facing triple break point, while minutes later he held four points to survive the immediate threat from Daniil Medvedev, for 3-3 in the third set, leading to his win in the Australian Open final around.
Nadal set the men’s record for most Grand Slam singles titles after a dramatic 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 comeback win that lasted 5 hours and 24 minutes and finished early Monday morning.
The 35-year-old now has one more major title than his long-time rivals in the so-called Big Three Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
According to reports, Federer is still recovering from knee surgery, while Djokovic was deported from Australia on the eve of the tournament since he wasn’t vaccinated against COVID-19. Thus making him the only one of three who had a chance to claim the record solo in Australia.
Into the final that started Sunday night, Nadal and Medvedev match was delayed in the 84-minute second set when a human rights activist jumped onto the court, and finished close to 1:15 a.m.
Nadal had won his first Australian Open title in 2009 and then lost four other finals here. While his conversion rate in major finals is now 21 out of 29.
Medvedev, who was aiming to win his second Grand Slam title and be the first man in the Open era at the very next major, was ever-so-close to spoiling another 21st celebration.
This was just the fourth time for Nadal, and first since 2007 — he’s rallied from two sets down to win a best-of-five-set match.