Rafael Nadal champion becomes the fifth oldest Grand Slam finalist in history, after he reached the final of the Australian Open 2022. A practically flawless performance for two sets, stained by an empty passage in the heart of the third, on which the number six in the world lays the foundations to build success in the moment of maximum difficulty.
Matteo Berrettini, who manages to move the game and find the forehand only when Nadal takes a step back in response, concedes the break after a half-time of twenty-three consecutive points with the serve available. Emblematic is the 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 which matures on the threshold of three hours and twenty of play.
Let's move on to the numbers? Nadal reaches his sixth career final at the Australian Open and twenty-ninth in a Grand Slam tournament. He even beats Roger Federer's record, who had found a place in the historic 2017 final at 35 years and 241 days.
Daniil Medvedev reached the final of the Australian Open 2022 after winning in 4 sets against Stefanos Tsitsipas, and is now waiting for Rafael Nadal on Sunday. Despite some problems, which almost completely stratifies in the central part of the second set, the Russian manages to find more quantity and quality from the baseline, but above all to conserve more energy.
Ashleigh Barty has won twenty-four of her last twenty-six games and only needed the third set on three occasions. The world number one, fresh from the title in Adelaide in the first week of the season, wins the final at the Australian Open with a surreal 72-21 run.
Better only Steffi Graf in 1986, who had found a place in the final (obviously before winning the tournament) leaving the road overall Leaving little room for interpretations even the 6-1 6-3 against Madison Keys, a player with a brilliant tennis and a certain power from the baseline.
Little to do even for the American, who cannot find valid countermeasures to the variations, angles, imagination and precision of the hostess. Ash also becomes the first since 1980 to bring the Australian flag back to the final after Wendy Turnbull.
We have to rewind the tape of two others to find champion Chris O’Neil instead. Danielle Collins has exploited a mostly poor portion in a practically perfect way. She knocked down Elise Mertens' stamina in the round of 16, avoided Simona Halep in the quarterfinals (condensing the vast majority of problems in the heart of the first set against Alize Cornet) and she had no problem solving Iga Swiatek's practice, which just wins three of the twenty-one points available with the second ball and that never manages to become really dangerous in response.
The American, who always keeps her head ahead during the first se, totally spreads in the second and seals her success at 6-4 6-1. On the Rod Laver Arena she will obviously play the first final in a Slam tournament, overall the third in the WTA Tour.
The last (and only) previous of the two dates back to exactly twelve months ago. Forced to retire on an almost desperate scoring situation (3-6 1-3) due to a muscle problem, the American tennis player, who by winning the tournament would overtake Ons Jabeur from the tenth place of the ranking.