Rafael Nadal wins Australian Open: “Probably the biggest comeback in my tennis career” – Sports

Rafael Nadal fell completely exhausted on his knees after his epic battle and willpower. He then covered his face in disbelief on the historic evening in Melbourne. In a captivating final, the 35-year-old Spaniard won the almost impossible next title in one of the four most important tournaments: With 21 victories in Grand Slam events, he is now the only record holder.

“If we put it all together, the scenario, the momentum, what does it mean. Without a doubt, it was probably the biggest comeback in my tennis career,” said Nadal, who was pushed to his limits by the memorable match over 5:24 hours: “I is super, super tired. I can not even party. “

Against Russian US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, he turned a set deficit of 0-2 into a 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 victory. “Now I’m devastated, honestly, physically. I can not think much. I can not remember many moments in the match,” said the Mallorcan. Australian tennis icon Rod Laver later personally congratulated the champion in the gym. Nadal fell on a mat, before cycling out.

The overtaken rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were also among the benevolent via social networks. And in his native Spain, the superlatives did not end there: “The best ever”, wrote the sports newspaper “Marca”. For “As”, Nadal is even the “new god of tennis”.

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13 years earlier he had won his so far only trophy at the Australian Open. Now finally the other. Fists in the air, a kiss with narrowed eyes – that’s how Nadal celebrated the triumph. It was definitely his most unexpected success, he said just before 3pm on the Australian night with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup next to him. “I just wanted to believe in it to the last. I just wanted to give myself this chance,” stressed Nadal, whose performance also impressed his Swiss rival Federer.

“What a match!” The 40-year-old wrote on Instagram Story: A few months ago, we were still joking about how we both walked on crutches. Fantastic. Never underestimate a great champion. “On his part, Djokovic commented via Twitter:” Fantastic performance. “Federer and Djokovic have each won 20 Grand Slam tournaments.

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