After 13 years of looking for him again, Rafa Nadal has won the Australian Open again. The man from Manaco has won the Melbourne title for the second time in his career. That signifies something very big. Thus Rafael Nadal is equivalent to Novak Djokovic, as the only two tennis players who have handled to won all the Grand Slams at least two times.
A milestone that the Serbian reached in the past Roland Garros and that Nadal also has in less than a year. A true legend, the Majorcan, who, after 2009, already has his second Australian Open more than a decade later.
Rafael Nadal broke a new barrier on Sunday by beating Medvedev in the Australian Open final to win the 21st Grand Slam of his career. Rafael Nadal surpassed himself to touch the sky, breaking the tie with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to surpass himself for the umpteenth time.
These are the great figures left by Rafa Nadal’s victory in the Australian Open after his second victory in this Grand Slam. The number of Grand Slam tournaments in Nadal’s record, which surpassed the record of 20 titles that he shared so far with the Swiss Roger Federer and the Serbian Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic won the ‘Gland Slam title’ twice. Rafael Nadal is the second player to win every ‘Grand Slam title’ at least twice after Djokovic and stood equivalent. Nadal was the 5th oldest player to play in the ‘Open final’ when he was 35 years plus, behind Ken Rosewall, the winner in 1972. Mal Anderson, who was the finalist in 1972 at his 37 years of age, also a finalist in 1972; and 36-year-old Player Federer was the winner in 2018 was Federer. Again 36 years old Ken Rosewall was the winner in 1971.
The number of finals played at the Australian Open by the Spaniard (including a first victory against Federer in 2009). Djokovic has won each of the nine finals played in Melbourne, eliminating Nadal twice (2012 and 2019). Federer played seven finals, including one loss, against the Spaniard.
Rafael Nadal claimed his 501st career hardcourt win, having crossed that symbolic line by beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the semi-finals. The number of ‘majors’ won by Nadal after 30 (Roland-Garros in 2017-2020, US Open in 2017 and 2019, Australian Open in 2022). A record in the Open era. Federer took four in the same circumstances.
Nadal has played in 29 Grand Slam finals. It is two times fewer than Federer and Djokovic. We can verify the number of years between the first Grand Slam trophy of Nadal at ‘Roland Garro’s in 2005 and his most recent one in Australia. No other male player since 1968 has shown such prolonged existence in the Open era.
For Federer, his titles at Wimbledon in 2003 and the Australian Open in 2018 are fourteen years and seven months apart. Only Serena Williams surpasses him: his first major title, at the 1999 US Open, and his last, at the 2017 Australian Open, separate them seventeen years and five months. The number of matches played on the ATP circuit by Nadal, for twenty years. He got 1,031 wins. Federer has more than 1,500 matches played, of which more than 1,200 were wins.