Australian Open – Nadal in the final of Melbourne

Rafael Nadal stands in the final of the Australian Open and is only one step away from the historic 21st Grand Slam Triumph. His opponent in the final will be US Open Champion Daniil Medvedev.

Rafael Nadal looked at the ranks of the Tonend Rod Laver Arena with an unbelieving laugh. Then the 35-year-old Spaniard was always wildly cheering his fist flying through the air – once, twice, three times. Nadal sends himself to writing history and could hardly believe that despite all the adversities, the entry into the final of the Australian Open had succeeded.

“I had to suffer, I had to fight. It means to me a lot to stand here in the final,” said the tennis superstar shortly after his impressive 6: 3, 6: 2, 3: 6, 6: 3 against the Italian WimbledonFinalists Matteo Berrettini: “I had never expected another chance in 2022.”

On the subsequent press conference Nadal again gave insight into his emotional world. “I can not describe that,” he betrayed. “It’s not for a long time since I talked to my family and my team about a possible career end.”

Australian Open Final: Nadal vs. Medvedev

It is the very big chance – Nadal is just one step away from the historic 21st Grand Slam Triumph, with which he would settle in the eternal major leaderboard of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer (currently all 20 titles). Overall, it is Nadals 29. Grand Slam Final.

In Australia, he was able to win the title in 2009 so far – now he takes the next start and meets in the final on Sunday (9.30 am) on the Russian US Open winner Daniil Medvedev, 7: 6 (7: 5), 4: 6, 6: 4, 6: 1 against the Greek Stefanos TsitsiPas won.

Medvedev, who in the previous year in the final of Novak Djokovic was in the match temporarily completely lost the version and insisted the referee in second sentence. “Are you crazy, are you stupid?” He said in the direction of the impartial, who should have overlooked an alleged coaching of TsitsiPas through his father apostolos. “He talks about every point. You have to cure him,” said Medvedev.

In the fourth sentence, TsitsiPas was finally warned, he did not find his game anymore. “The referees always pay attention to my box, never to my opponent,” said TsitsiPas after the game. “Among them, I already suffer a long time.” The referees would not understand “that I can not hear anything anyway when I play.” The last thing he needs are good advice, no matter whom.

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Medvedev about equipment: “Was a big mistake”

Medvedev showed self-critical after the match. “Immediately after my outraster, I thought: ‘That was a big mistake.'”

Medvedev can now win his second slam immediately after the first. “I am now playing someone who wants to win his 21st Grand Slam. I appreciate [the US Open in the final against Novak Djokovic] has watched Rafa on the TV. This time will watch Novak,” he said. The Russian had lost the US Open Final 2019 against Nadal in five sentences.

TsitsiPas declared that Medvedev was “not the adverse man”, but also praised his opponent: “He’s like a marathon runner, he can race for hours.” However, he doubt how long Medvedev could perceive that: “I have seen what the body of other players, to Grand Slam Champions, has affected.”

Nadal comes back after foot injury

For months, a stubborn foot injury had set Nadal except battle, he missed Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and the US Open and did not really know if he can attack the highest level again. “It’s hard to explain, I feel a little way back to life, what my competition spirit is concerned,” Nadal said, “I feel no big pressure now, will enjoy every moment and try my best.”

The physical problems from the quarterfinal against Denis Shapovalov he had moved away well and dominated the duel with Berrettini, who was the first Italian to reach the final of Melbourne, especially in the first two sentences. Nadal played his opponent consistently on the backhand. But then Nadal left something and Berrettini played more and more his power, but could not turn the game.

The 21st Grand Slam title is not crucial to him, Nadal emphasized, “For me it is more important to play tennis at all. Because that’s just increasing my quality of life and makes me happy.” This is happening before another slam. “

Novak Djokovic: Return to the Court is fixed

After the Paße for his participation in the Australian Open, the Novak Djokovic vaccinated against Corona is officially reopened at a tournament – namely in February in Dubai. Alexander Zverev, on the other hand, has adopted a wildcard for the ATP tournament in Montpellier after the disappointment down underer.

Articles and videos about the topic * Kyrgios ensures middle finger eclat * Top sport live on Dazn. Register now! Can be terminated at any time monthly. ## Australian Open: The Games on Friday Player 1 | Player 2 | Result | round – J. Fourlis / J. Kubler | k. Mladenovic / i. Dodig | 3: 6, 4: 6 | Final (mixed) Matteo Berrettini (7) | Rafael Nadal (6) | 3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 3: 6 | Semifinals / Men (Single) Stefanos TsitsiPas (4) | Daniil Medvedev (2) | 6: 7, 6: 4, 4: 6, 1: 6 | Semifinals / Men (Single)

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