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.
One for the ages ✨
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2022
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. .
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2022
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.
Most Career Grand Slam Finals among men's singles players:
Roger Federer: 31
Novak Djokovic: 31
Rafael Nadal: 29
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) January 28, 2022
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.
After not playing for six months with a pretty bad foot injury, Nadal starts the year with 9 wins, 0 losses.
A title. A Slam final. One away.
He was emotional.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) January 28, 2022
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.
— Daniil Medvedev (@DaniilMedwed) January 28, 2022
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.
MEDVEDEV BLOWS UP! ??
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) January 28, 2022
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.
"If you don't call it, you are a small cat?"
"Medvedev vs Tsitsipas pic.twitter.com/WS7yPXJGtb
— Llama Says☄?? (@funnyzeitgist) January 28, 2022
For Latest Sports News stay tuned to Playon99news.com