Monday, November 28, 2022



Australian Open – Nadal and Medvedev are in the final



Rafa will have the chance to win the Australian Open after 13 years, but he will have the brand new number 2 in the world ahead of him. The Russian smells blood and will seek to ruin another Big Three party, as he already did against Djokovic in the United States.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

Rafael Nadal was the only one of the 128 players in the current edition of the Australia Open who had written his name in the tournament’s record: it was in 2009 after defeating Roger Federer in the final.

After 13 years, the Spaniard is still in the fight and will play his sixth final in the first major this Sunday, the first since 2019, and his twenty-ninth in the majors.

Nadal earned that right after ending Matteo Berrettini’s resistance 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, in 2 hours and 55 minutes.

It is his first win against a Top10 since he beat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last year.

To find his last triumph at Melbourne Park against a player ranked among the top 10 in the world ranking, you had to go back to the 2017 quarter-final against Milos Raonic.

Rafa returns to a grand final 474 days after winning his 13th Grand Slam in the land of Paris against Novak Djokovic and it is precisely with the Serbian that he aspires to tie as the only tennis player capable of scoring a double in the four Grand Slams within the Open Era. .

The leader of the Navy, who was debating in December about his professional future, has clarified it with rackets on a tour of the antipodes in which he remains undefeated with nine consecutive wins.

At 35 years and 241 days old, Nadal is the fourth oldest tennis player in the Open Era to reach the last round of the Australia Open after Ken Rosewall, Mal Anderson and Roger Federer.

Time does not pass for the Spaniard despite his physical problems and it is that he has already sneaked into 9 major finals over his 30 years, a figure that Djokovic only surpasses with 10.

With this confidence, Nadal will face Daniil Medvedev in the final, number 2 in the world ranking and better positioned in Australia due to the loss of Novak Djokovic.

Medvedev was sober against Tsitsipas

Daniil Medvedev advanced to the Australian Open final by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, in a demonstration of hierarchy when he faced the number 4 in the world.

The Russian smells blood, is methodical and with his tennis “ugly” according to many experts, he has dispatched the beloved Greek in four sets.

Medvedev hates to lose, as he has said on several occasions, and he will have the chance to deny the title to another big three, Rafael Nadal, as he already did at the US Open when he beat Novak Djokovic by a triple 6-4 in straight sets. and canceled the party that he thought was guaranteed.

It is a matter of time before the brand-new finalist from Australia becomes the 27th number one in history: Djokovic’s lead is only 890 points and on February 21 the 2,000 Australian champion points will be subtracted in 2021.

The Serbian, who will participate in the Dubai Open 500 from February 21 to 26, will not be able to do so later in the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000 as he cannot cross the United States border due to not having the coronavirus vaccine.

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