They engrave the date with a gold chisel on the tennis and sports Trophy. On January 30, 2022, the day on which Rafael Nadal beat a purebred guerrilla named Daniil Medvedev in 5 hours and 24 minutes and won Australian Open. Thus the Spaniard ascends to the altar of altars, with the long-awaited 21 already on the record after an extraordinary battle: 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4, and 7-5. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are his intrepid traveling companions. They are next to him and trailing behind for the first time. He raised his second trophy in Melbourne. It has turned his back on him since 2009. Now it marks the rise to the historical top of the racket. Finally, the Russian raises the white flag. Rafael Nadal throws a ball with his foot, emotionally kneels, and embraces his team.
The scene has something or a lot of romance. It has given the circumstances of what is happening and when he is in his 21st year. Federer missed it three years back at Wimbledon. Medvedev himself denied Novak Djokovic at the US Open in September. After half a year in the infirmary, came turn of Rafael Nadal chance to won Australian Open. Slipstreaming for most of the historic race between the three giants he landed on December 30 in Melbourne caught with pins. He said that the enticement passed to surrender to the left foot that hammers him. However, he decided in the end to take that plane. The boy, who fell like lightning on Roland Garros 17 years ago, prevailed in the hostile habitat of the Antipodes to another a decade younger than him.
It is praise to the veteran for the resilience and resistance. Involved in an episode full of epic freezing time, he arrived and how it could be otherwise. At 35 years of age, the most successful among men, Rafael Nadal is the third oldest champion to won Australian Open tournament in the global list, among the Australian Margaret Court (24), the American Serena Williams (23), and the German Steffi Graf (22) also. The Australian Ken Rosewall, who won in 1972 at 37 years old, and Roger Federer, winner in 2018 at 36, were absent in the current edition. When it seemed unimaginable, he overcame the 25-year-old Medvedev-engineered coup.
Time passes, but Nadal struggles as if it were the first day. No one had come back from 0-2 in a tournament final since Roy Emerson did it in 1965 against Fred Stolle.
Weapons insight from the beginning. The proposal of both at ‘takeoff’ was a declaration of intention. Nadal is subtracting practically from the wall. He is looking for a high return and trying to scratch the ball based on cut backhands to see. Suppose he destabilized the Russian in one of those and could then angle with the right or the backhand. Your goal, expand the track as much as possible. And that, of course, goes through a risky bet. Medvedev countered blow by blow. He is comfortable from the trench and building the point based on chloroform. It appears soft hitting the ball but constantly forcing the opponent to back down, shooting very long. Machiavellianism is in its purest form.
He managed to sedate the first section and guide the battle to where he was interested. Everything happened very fast. However, it occurred at the same time very slow. That is how peculiar it is with Medvedev in everything. It is a mystery of Moscow. It seems not to feel or suffer, but a volcano buzzes inside like a competition monster. Rafael Nadal led to a situation of permanent uneasiness. The Balearic was dribbling with sweat when only two games had elapsed. Physically he is affirmative and also much more mentally. He necessitated an exhausting precision exercise at each point. It was torture for anyone. The Russian squeezes and squeezes have already eaten the track and do not discover a single gap in three or four strides.
Medvedev has no crack, which immediately gained ground and opened doors. Nadal braced his racket, leaned on a couple of defensive volleys, and put out the fire with another open one. However, he could not snuff out the next fire after attending that fire. ‘Blank’ breaks for the adversary, increasingly controlling the pulse. It is just as a ‘clear-cut’ to produce another. It ties the partial also. However, the Russian is much more than a pediment. It is also a machine. His mechanical shoe spits flames and corrodes like a programmed termite’s army. To each received invite, a superior one on his part. Everlasting arms and legs for everything. He doesn’t back down—a complete player.
While most of his generation mates fall away from each other, he marches forward at dangerous moments. Nadal threw a scramble at him in the second set despite the unevenness. Still, the Russian resisted the onslaught. Spanish broke in the fourth and eighth games and counterattacked as the chosen ones made retorts to the seventh and ninth. When the Mallorcan threatened to get up and turn the duel from the emotional point of view, it could have been a decisive first turning point.
He proved to be ready. He had already done it during September in New York against Djokovic. He again emphasized his lineage with a phenomenal answer in the tie-break. He escaped with greatness from the ambush.
The ‘tie-breaker’ began in tow (2-0, 5-3…), but he held his own with restraint and showed guts to terminate Nadal’s onslaught. Without skimping, he proposed the number five all his arsenal. Still, he weakened with the service and took one slam after another. Too much this time. How to get out of this? Even a mind as granite as he suffered to contain Medvedev’s emotional romp almost always poses. He did not back down the Muscovite. He went to the technique and dealt a capital blow, apparently to the game. The Spaniard consulted the survival booklet two sleeves below, from revision to revision in search of the formula. However, it was not even so. The resolution did not reach his destination, any alternative worth it.
Getting entangled, where he got entangled, the Balearic was always refusing. There was no split. The short exchanges were for Medvedev as well as the long ones also. Though he squeezed the intermediate rallies, he was going to the limit. Still, he stirred it revealed, and nurtured. And Nadal invoked the great Nadal when he was against the ropes and overcame several abysses; He annulled three break options at 3-2. When it seemed that the rope was going to break, he defied.
He gripped the match with suction cups and nothing he had lost. He never faltered. He also always believed. Nobody fights like him with the red light-activated on that very fine wire that generates so much vertigo.
The blow was important. It was a break for 5-4 and set in the pocket. Of course, it was then seemed from a slap to a slap and from crochet to crochet. Further, it appeared as Slaps on one side and the other. They already know that Nadal demands to play several matches within the same match. There is no riddle more complicated than locking yourself in a trail with him. It grew bigger and Medvedev shrank. However, it turns out that the Russian was also a pure bred contender, and he did not give up. In the fourth set, he sought three break options that the rival avoided from the outset. After corresponding to Nadal’s shove, he contained up to six attempts of the Mallorcan. In the end, it succumbed to erosion. He relented with his energy reserves dwindling considerably.
Melbourne is upside down. The stands cheekily cheered the Spaniard and dirtied his serves with whistles or inopportune voices, in addition to the spontaneous one that jumped onto the court in the second set. He accused the chair umpire with wonder and termed them with Empty brains. Their lives had to be very bad. He added and accused them as idiots’. He also sted that ‘saying please’ was not enough. In the meanwhile, Rafael Nadal at his own was rowing and rowing to won Australian Open tournament. It was much more in tune with the service and throwing hooks to the chin, one after another. His ‘drive’ ruled, and the backhand down the line chipped Medvedev’s spirits. It was emotionally very much punished and with his quadriceps calling for a truce. But it was upright.
He subjected both to a frenetic pace, from arreon to arreon, in that swampy and extreme territory, the one that had the most impact, a specialist in the terminal zone. None spared a single bullet. Rafael Nadal opened the explanation with his spear and then put the shield. Medvedev repeatedly insisted and tried to break down the door. Yet Nadal, at his last bite in all his manifestation, with all his charisma, responded ‘Colossus of return. ‘Whatever happens, the one from Manacor always returns one more time.