Rafael Nadal of Spain won his second Australian Open title on Sunday (January 30) at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, defeating World No. 2 Russian Daniil Medvedev in the 2022 championship match. Rafael Nadal fought back from two sets down to win his record 21st Grand Slam championship in front of a sold-out crowd. He has now won the most Grand Slam in the Men’s singles with this triumph. Let’s take a look at Rafael Nadal’s Journey to the 2022 Australian Open victory.
Australian Open 2022: Round-by-Round Performance by Rafael Nadal
35-year-old Rafael Nadal defeated 25-year-old Daniil Medvedev in a five-set thriller at the Rod Laver Arena to win the Australian Open 2022 final. Second seed Daniil Medvedev had a tremendous campaign In the Australian Open 2022, and he was excellent in the final against Rafael Nadal until the second set. Medvedev held a 2-0 advantage in the first two sets. However, Nadal rallied in the final three sets to win his sixth Grand Slam championship on hard court.
Rafael Nadal faced Germany’s Hanfmann and won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. Nadal advanced to the fourth round by eliminating Khachanov 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the third round. Then he defeated Mannarino 7-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round.
Shapovalov of Canada was Rafael Nadal’s first seeded opponent in the competition. He defeated the Canadian 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 in a closely contested quarter-final encounter. Rafael Nadal overcame Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in four sets in the semi-finals. He beat Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to qualify for the title match.
Rafael Nadal went into the final of the Australian Open full of confidence, and his performance mirrored that confidence. Nadal was down to two sets, but he remained determined. He came back in the last three sets and romped to victory over Daniil Medvedev, winning three of them in a row.
The Russian controlled the opening two sets, winning those 6-2 and 6-7, but he fell short of expectations in the following sets. On the other hand, Nadal was adamant about pushing till the end, which paid off for the Spaniards. He took the final three sets by scores of 6-4, 6-4, and 7-5. The championship match ended with a score of 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
According to the match statistics, Nadal won 67 percent of his first serves, while Medvedev won 70 percent. However, Nadal had a higher winning percentage in the second serve. Rafael earned 51 percent of second serves, compared to 46 percent for Medvedev.
Nadal’s Journey to a World Record 21 Grand Slam titles in men’s singles
Rafael Nadal is among the best tennis players ever, if not the greatest of all time. The Spaniard is often recognized as the all-time greatest clay-court player. On clay, he has won 81 straight matches and a record 13 French Open titles. Clay has been the site of 62 of Nadal’s 90 ATP singles victories. He has also won four US Opens, two Australian Opens, and two Wimbledon titles in addition to his incredible clay record. He has a total of 90 career championships, which places him fourth all-time in the Open era.
Source: United News of Bangladesh