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Watch: Rafael Nadal breaks down on court after Australian Open final win

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After accidents robbed him of competing at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Olympics in 2021, it was truthful to marvel if Rafael Nadal would ever seize one other Grand Slam title once more. In Sunday’s Australian Open final, the 35-year-old answered that query with authority—and let his feelings pour out within the aftermath.

Nadal pulled off a outstanding comeback to defeat Daniil Medvedev in 5 units (2–6, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 7–5) and win his twenty first profession Grand Slam, breaking a tie he beforehand held with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for probably the most in males’s tennis historical past. After shaking fingers with Medvedev and the chair umpire, the 35-year-old punted a tennis ball towards the group and set free a number of emphatic cheers earlier than dropping to his knees and pointing skyward in celebration.

Along with his 13 French Open championships, Nadal has gained the U.S. Open 4 instances and at Wimbledon twice. Earlier than Sunday, the Australian Open was the one Slam he had but to win a number of instances.

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Through the trophy presentation, Nadal revealed that he had thought-about making this his final look on the Australian Open, however after his victory he advised the group, “Now I’ve the vitality to maintain going. I will do my greatest to see you subsequent yr.”

“This was one of the emotional matches of my profession…being sincere, I did not know if i would be capable of be again on the tour enjoying tennis once more (a number of months in the past)…,” Nadal stated. “You do not know how grateful I’m to be right here.”

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