Becker: "Rafael Nadal is no longer just King of Clay"



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Becker: "Rafael Nadal is no longer just King of Clay"

During an interview with our Eurosport colleagues, Boris Becker expressed his admiration for Rafael Nadal, winner of his 21 Slam (record) at the Australoian Open 2022. Becker said: "Rafael Nadal gave us one of the most incredible days in the history of modern sport.

To be honest, Nadal was not among the favorites for the final win two weeks ago. He was in good shape, having won the Melbourne ATP 250 in early January, but no one believed he could make it through to the Australian Open. He had played very little last year and tested positive for COVID-19 just before leaving for Australia.

He now he finds himself with more Grand Slams than Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. It is a mistake to continue to regard Rafa only as the king of clay. He has won major titles on every surface, as well as having won all the majors at least twice.

He has become the most successful player of all times, we can say it loud and clear." Nadal will try to further increase his showcase at Roland Garros 2022. The Spanish champion has won his second Australian Open, repeating the title won back in 2009.

The Happy Slam had become something of a curse for him, who had lost the previous four finals played. Very few believed that the Majorcan could win this edition, given that he had returned from a serious foot injury and had tested positive for Coronavirus just before leaving for Australia.

The exclusion of Novak Djokovic certainly helped him, but the 35-year-old from Manacor has once again proved that he is an absolute legend of the sport. The former world number 1 recovered two sets of disadvantage in the final against Daniil Medvedev, reversing the inertia of the match just as the Russian seemed one step away from the finish line.

Rafa posted his 21st Major, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for the first time.

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A match that is definitely a candidate to be among the most beautiful matches of the entire 2022 season.

Intensity, energy, wonderful shots that drove the audience crazy in the stands (and not only), the desire to win and raise the trophy to the sky: all this in a single match, in the final of the Australian Open 2022, which ended definitively on Sunday 30 January.

Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev were the protagonists of a spectacular match on the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, in which they battled and sold their lives dearly from the first exchanges and of course until the end. The Russian took advantage of an opponent's physical condition that was definitely not at the top to start strong and put the match under his careful control.

The native of Manacor remained a warrior and reacted in the second set, but did not take advantage of several opportunities to put the number 2 in the world with his back to the wall and impact the dispute. The result was a hard-fought tie-break awarded by the Moscow player.

In the third Daniil began to suffer the comeback of the Spaniard and the race became even more spectacular, even reaching the fifth set. In crucial moments both had to deal with the pressure and the rival on the other side of the net, in the end Rafa finished 7-5 and was able to celebrate his 21st Grand Slam triumph.

The winner of the tournament in oceanic land in 2009 spoke during the award ceremony: "Daniil you are a fantastic champion, a couple of times I found myself in the same situation as you, with the trophy at hand and in the end I didn't make it for a short while.

You are fantastic, I congratulate you and your team. I shared one of the most emotional games of my career with you and it was an honor. I wish you the best for the future. I don't know what to tell you guys really. It was great, a month and a half ago I didn't know if I could continue playing tennis, now I'm here in front of all of you with this cup.

You don't know how much I have fought to still be here. I can only thank all the people who have encouraged and accompanied me since I landed in Melbourne." The final confession: "A month and a half ago I revealed to Craig Tiley that it would probably be my last time at the Australian Open.

This win fills me with energy to move forward. Or now I will do anything to return next year. There it is. see you soon."