Rafael Nadal has won a record 21st major title after he staged a stunning comeback to beat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final.
Nadal was in the unusual position of going into the tournament as a bit of an underdog after just recovering from a foot injury and contracting Covid just days before traveling to Melbourne.
He admitted he didn’t know if he would make it back onto the ATP Tour at all after the injury, yet he came back from two sets down to beat Medvedev 2-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 7-5.
“I don’t know what to say guys,” Nadal said as he collected his trophy.
“For me it is just amazing. Being honest one month and a half ago I did not know if I would be back on the tour playing tennis again.
“Today I am here in front of you with this trophy. You don’t know how much it means to be back here.
“You are amazing and thank you so much for all of your love and support.
“Without a doubt it is one of the most emotional [periods] of my career. To have the support I have received the last three weeks will stay in my heart. So many, many thanks.
“I honestly can’t thank enough all the guys that are there – all the team, all the family, those that aren’t here.
“How hard the last year and a half has been. In the low moments you have been there every single moment in support.
“Without you none of this is possible so thank you very much for everything.”
As well as now winning a record number of Grand Slams, Rafael Nadal has joined Novak Djokovic as the only men in history to win each major multiple times.
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