Nadal achieves greatness at Aus Open
Rafael Nadal has mounted one of the greatest comebacks in Aus Open history to defeat Danil Mededev in five sets in men's singles final.
In an almighty clash that lasted over five hours Nadal prevailed 2-6, 6-7, 6-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Sunday night's triumph moves Nadal one ahead of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the list of men's all-time grand slam winners.
Nadal has now claimed his 21st major and his second Aus Open title just 13 years after his first.
The 35-year-old served for the match at 5-4 in the fifth set only to be broken by Medevdev. Nadal went onto break back and didn't make a mistake the second time.
Nadal who caught COVID in December was also ruled out of the tournament before his preparation has begun.
"It is just amazing. A month-and-a-half ago I didn't know if I would be back on the tour playing tennis again and today I am here in front of all of you having this trophy with me," Nadal said.
"This is probably one of the most emotional ones in my tennis career and having the huge support that I received during the three weeks, it's going to stay in my heart for the rest of my life."
IMAGE: The New York Times