Rafael Nadal left everyone speechless at the Australian Open 2022. The Spanish champion, who had arrived in Melbourne amidst a thousand uncertainties, achieved a memorable ride that allowed him to win his second 'Down Under' title.
Thanks to this triumph, the former world number 1 has hoisted himself at 21 Slams, overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking. The Majorcan became the fourth man in history to have conquered all the majors at least twice (keeping company with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson).
The 35-year-old from Manacor succeeded in recovering Daniil Medvedev's two sets in the final, undermining his opponent's certainties just as the Russian glimpsed the finish line banner. Rafa will try to reach 22 already at Roland Garros, where he will be the big favorite, waiting to understand if Djokovic will be present or not in Paris.
In a recent interview with the Telegrap, former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski recalled his first meeting with a very young Rafael Nadal. He said: "I still remember perfectly the first time I saw Rafael Nadal playing tennis.
He was competing for an exhibition in Mallorca. He was about 15, he was training hard and he was already scary on clay. It was like seeing Cristiano Ronaldo or George Best taking his first steps with the soccer ball." Greg had the opportunity to make some exchanges with Nadal: "I trained with Rafa a few years later, he was like 19 years old.
As soon as I left the circuit, he exploded. I quickly realized that, if I couldn't complete the trade in a few strokes, he would easily overwhelm me. He was simply better at everything." Patrick Mouratoglou also celebrated the Mallorcan's feat: "Nadal loves fighting more than anyone else.
The moments that most players don't like, he loves them. When he went two sets down against Medvedev, everyone was convinced that he was done for."
Dusan Vlahovic: "Allegri told me not to be anxious"
Dusan Vlahovic has already conquered Juventus: the striker scored his first goal with his new club in Juventus' 2-0 victory against Verona, in the Italian Serie A.
The Serbian striker only needed thirteen minutes to score his first goal with the new colors. After the match he talked about his performance and his manager: "It was very important to win this match. After the stops the races are more difficult, but we had the right approach right away and we managed to take the three points that are I have to thank my teammates and Allegri.
They welcomed me very well and helped me a lot. I'm trying to understand as soon as possible how it works here. I have to continue like this, me and all the other teammates. The most important thing for me is scoring, but I still want to improve on all points of view: playing, dribbling and missing the mark.
He told me to stay calm and not be anxious. It went well and tonight we managed to win: it's the most important thing. Juve always aim for goals. higher, I'm here to help and give my contribution. We will see game after game and at the end of the year we will see."