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Rafael Nadal Reacts ‘Emotional’ after his 21st Grand Slam Victory

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Rafael Nadal won the Australian Open 2022 final after an enthralling five-hour match against Daniil Medvedev. Despite losing two sets in this grueling final, the Spanish star came back to win 2-6, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.

Therefore, the 35-year-old became the first person to win 21 Grand Slams, moving one ahead of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (20). As Nadal realized his name would be etched in history following one of the most thrilling finals, he expressed an emotional reaction.

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Rafael Nadal gives an emotional reaction after his 21st Grand Slam win

Nadal began his post-match interview by congratulating and consoling Daniil Medvedev on an amazing run in the Australian Open 2022 final, stating that he will have several opportunities to win trophies in the future. “I know this is a tough moment, Daniil because you’re an amazing champion. I’ve been in this position a couple of times in this tournament, having chances to win the trophy with me, but I have no doubt that you have won this trophy a couple of times too,” said the 35-year-old.

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Nadal then explained how this was perhaps the most emotional match of his career, and that he was not certain if he would even be able to return to tennis at one point. “It was one of the most emotional matches of my tennis career, and it was an honor to share the court with you, so best wishes. I don’t even know what to say. For me, it’s just amazing. One month and a half ago, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play tennis again. Today, I am here in front of you with this trophy in hand, and you don’t realize how hard I worked to get here. I can’t thank you enough for all the support I’ve received since I arrived here, you have been wonderful.”

In addition to trying to win his 22nd Grand Slam, Nadal will try to win a record-extending 14 Roland Garros titles this season. Roland Garros 2022 starts on May 22.

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