"How hard it has been in the past year and a half ..." For a long time, Rafael Nadal's performance at the Australian Open was uncertain due to a foot injury, but world number 5 managed to recover, and then to achieve a record 21st Grand Slam in his career.
The question is what one of the four biggest tournaments on the planet would look like if Novak Djokovic got the right to perform, but the fact is that as of today, he is no longer the only man with at least two titles at every Grand Slam.
"I don't know what to say. For me, all this is great. To be honest, because a month and a half ago I didn't even know if I would be able to return to the tour and play tennis again." "And today I'm here in front of all of you with the trophy in your hand.
You don't know what it means to be here again. You are great and thank you very much for all the love and support, "Rafael Nadal said after defeating Daniil Medvedev in the fight for the trophy. The Russian tennis player was the favorite in the decisive fight for the trophy, and when he took a 2-0 lead in sets, he seemed to be grafting the trophy from Melbourne to the trophy from the US Open last year.
However, great Spaniard from Mallorca made a big comeback and after almost five and a half hours of fighting, recorded one of the biggest victories in his career.
Rafa Nadal on Daniil Medvedev
However, he did not miss the opportunity to praise at the expense of the rival to whom he addressed directly.
"I know this is a difficult moment, Daniil, you are a great champion. I have been in a situation several times to lose this trophy. You are amazing and I am sure you will win it a few more times, so I want to congratulate you."
"To share the field with you is an honor, I wish you all the best in the future. " In the end, a characteristic thank-you note followed ... "Without a doubt, this is one of the most emotional periods in my career.
Having the support I received in the last three weeks will stay in my heart forever. I can't thank all the people here." "The whole team, the family, those who are not there" "How difficult it has been in the previous year and a half.
In difficult moments, you were there at all times. Without you, none of this would have been possible, so thank you very much for everything," Nadal concluded. Rafa Nadal managed to do something many couldn't believe