On Sunday, Rafa Nadal said winning the Australian Open title was one of the most emotional moments of his career as the Spaniard secured a men’s record 21st Grand Slam title by beating Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final.
Nadal brawl from two sets down to win 2-6 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 and shatter a three-way tie for the most crucial title in the men’s game, with the Spaniard nosing forward of competitors Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The 35-year-old had played down his title possibility at the season’s opening bang after being sidelined for large stretches of the 2021 season with a career-menacing foot problem and illness from shrinking Covid-19.
In his on-court interview, he said, “It was one of the most emotional matches in my tennis career, I don’t know what to say. For me, it’s just amazing.”
“Being honest, one month and a half ago, I did not know if I would be able to be back on the tour and play tennis again. And today, in front of all of you (the crowd), having this trophy with me… you really don’t know how much I fought to be here. “Having the huge support that I received during the three weeks is going to stay in my heart forever.”
It was Nadal’s second title victory at Melbourne Park after he won in 2009.
He also added, “Maybe there is a chance I say that was my last Australian Open, but no, I have plenty of energy to keep going. “I can’t explain the feelings I have right now but I am going to keep trying my best and keep coming here (Melbourne Park).”