At a press conference in Montpellier, Gilles Simon expressed his opinion on Rafael Nadal's Down Under triumph. He said: "It is never easy to beat a sacred monster like Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam final, now Daniil Medvedev has noticed it too.
Last Sunday I saw a Nadal who played at 70-75% of his maximum potential, but it was still enough to defeat the best player in the world on hard courts in the absence of Novak Djokovic. I don't know if you realize how wide the gap is between the Big 3 and all the other players."
Simon has beaten Rafa only once in nine head-to-head matches. In a long interview granted to The Age' Greg Rusedski bowed before Nadal's feat: "The final had an incredible trend, also due to its historical importance.
The quality was not excellent, but they managed to maintain a monstrous intensity for more than five hours. Rafa had only won one Australian Open and almost no one considered him among the favorites." Rafael Nadal's victory at the Australian Open 2022 left everyone speechless.
The Spanish star bent Daniil Medvedev in the final with the score of 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 after more than five hours of intense battle, forfeiting his second title at Melbourne Park. Thanks to this success, the former world number 1 won his 21st Major, overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings.
The Majorcan became the fourth man in history to have conquered all the majors at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson). Rafa will try to reach 22 already at the Roland Garros, waiting to understand if Djokovic will be present or not in Paris.
The Serbian's choice not to get vaccinated could affect his entire season, given the recent news from France and the United States. The 34-year-old from Belgrade was expelled from Australia the day before the Happy Slam began.
Kyrgios: "Novak Djokovic needs the support of other players"
Nick Kyrgios continues to defend Novak Djokovic and support the world number one after the events that led to his exclusion from the Australian Open, where Djokovic was unable to defend the title he won last year.
The fresh winner of the Australian doubles slam, author of an unimaginable feat in which he eliminated two of the seeded pairs of the board paired with his friend Kokkinakis, gave his support to the Serbian champion during a speech on podcast No Boundaries.
The 26-year-old Australian was the protagonist of a memorable ride together with his partner and friend Kokkinakis in the doubles tournament, bringing the slam back to his homeland after 42 years. His exhilarating performances and his flair have thrilled the audience, always in raptures every time Kyrgios took the field.
The Australian thanked the fans for the support he received, despite criticizing the local crowd for turning his back on the nine-time Melbourne champion in the early days of the tournament, reminding them that Djokovic had generously donated for the victims of Australian bushfires in Australia.
2020. It is not the first time that Kyrgios has decided to take sides in support of the number one in the world. In his last speech at the podacst No Boundaries Kyrgios returned to the subject Djokovic, underlining how in this period the 20-time slam champion is going through a very complicated period.
"I think he obviously feels quite alienated from all of this and as a human it must be difficult when you feel like the world is against you and you can't do anything right and all he wants to do is come here and play tennis."
said Kyrgios, who then added that "on a human level (Djokovic) needs some support from other tennis players." The 26-year-old also revealed that the Serbian was kind enough to join him in an effort to better understand the community's position on the issue.
"I talked to Novak quite a bit, he joined me after I stood up for him. I would have stood up for anyone, but he caught up with me, he just wanted more understanding in that moment. He thought we were taking our anger out on him," Kyrgios revealed.
In conclusion, the Australian tennis player recalled what Djokovic did for Australia following the fires of 2020. "We wouldn't expect a 20-time Grand Slam champion to be treated like this, no, we wouldn't," Kyrgios said at the time.
"He did a lot, when there were forest fires, he supported us. When we needed help, he came to help us. We are treating him as if he had never done anything, he is a villain, which in reality he is not."