Rafael Nadal performed incredibly in Melbourne and won his 21st grand slam title. The former world No.1 was making a comeback after recovering from foot surgery and surprised everyone by his unbelievable performance at the Australian Open.
However, the return of the Spaniard began in Abu Dhabi at Mubadala World Tennis Championship in December 2021. MWTC was a forgettable event for Nadal who was contesting the tournament as the defending champion.
He faced Andy Murray in the first match on his return and looked rusty. He lost Murray in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, who was also making a comeback after suffering from an injury.
Rafael Nadal achieves the impossible
After losing his match against Andy Murray, during the press conference, Rafael Nadal said, “My experience says that things change very quickly. What today seems impossible or almost impossible… nobody knows what can happen in one month.”
In this interview 6 weeks ago, he was down and out of the game, his return wasn’t the way it was supposed to go. However, he was positive about making a better comeback down under but got infected by covid-19 on his way.
He surprised everyone by making it to Melbourne at the beginning of 2022. Before the Australian Open Nadal played in a tournament in Melbourne, which he ended up winning. He was confident and had the fight inside him but was concerned about his foot. He wanted to take his best shot and play each and every game with positivity and not think about the end result.
And as they say ‘Rest is History’, Nadal won his 2nd Australian Open 13 years after winning his first one and his 21st grand slam title leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer behind on 20 each. He fought against the odds and showed why he is one of the greatest of all time.