After the victories on the clay-courts of Bois de Boulogne and on the lawns of the Championships, Ashleigh Barty also adds the title within the walls of her home in Melbourne Park to the Slam collection and confirms - if needed - even the status of super number one.
The home player - who in ten appearances had never passed the semifinal cut - closes the tournament in 2022 (after the victory in Adelaide) with an extraordinary active of 73-29 and balance of the sets and a super comeback, if nothing else in the second set, against Danielle Collins in the final.
She finishes 6-3 7-6 (3). Collins had won the most recent of the previous ones, right at the Australian Open, exactly twelve months ago. In short: Barty brings the Australian flag back to the champions' wall 44 years after Chris O’Neil, while the American breaks the Top 10 wall for the first time in her career.
Has women's tennis really found a real queen? Collins manages to contain the variations of the Australian tennis player and above all to vary the angles. Needless to say, with patience and even with a pinch of unscrupulousness, she recovers three-fifteen of disadvantage in the fifth game and takes advantage of a rather trivial mistake of the number one of the group at 40-40.
The reaction? Barty applies the straight serve scheme to perfection and gets her head back with two winning firsts. After the moment of difficulty, she hits the decisive shoulder and files the first fraction. Collins, a powerful and precise player, also deprived of responsibility by the scoring situation, lets go of her arm completely and even tries to make small improvements to the tactical plan (and to look out near the net) with the minimum objective of not getting trapped in the network of players.
prolonged exchanges. Barty, who had left only one of the thirty-seven batting rounds available between the first round and the semifinals on the street, suddenly finds herself down from 1-5. Prelude to the third? Not at all.
Called to close, the American tennis player returns to overload with thoughts and loses all the certainties accumulated in the first six games. Barty - who has the great merit of remaining stuck to the score - somehow manages to recover the mega-disadvantage, to reach the tie break and to dominate in the final rush.
Win a Grand Slam on home soil? Completed it mate ???@ashbarty defeats Danielle Collins 6-3 7-6(2) to become the #AO2022 women’s singles champion.
?: @wwos • @espn • @eurosport • @wowowtennis #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/TwXQ9GACBS — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2022
Australian Open 2022: Nadal-Medvedev for the final!
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.