In the first set, Medvedev managed to make the difference in the fifth match, and the Russian broke Rafael Nadal’s serve and put the match 3-2. Subsequently, a new breakout for second place in the world would come, which with passing minutes took control of Rod Laver Arena and imposed its match on the Spaniards to the group closing point in 42 minutes 6-2.
In meeting the crowd of all eyes, Rafael Nadal (5th of ATP) if advanced Daniel Medvedev (2nd) in the final Australian Open. A match that both sides reach with high hopes: if crowned champion, the Spaniard would win his 21st Grand Slam title and become the biggest Grand Slam winner in history. On the other hand, the Russian needs the victory to go down for the first time in his career at the top of the standings.
Duel is played on Sunday at 8.30 GMT (5.30 from Argentina) And it has transmission ESPN.
the stadium Rod Laver Stadium It is the stage in which these two players appear at a high level during the past two weeks and arrive with great expectations for the decisive match of the tournament, which marked its beginning with The scandal and the subsequent deportation of the Serbian world number one, Novak Djokovic, for not being vaccinated against the Corona virus.
Just one win separates Rafa Nadal from his 21st Grand Slam title. To date, he has won 20 trophies and shares the distinction of being the most successful player in history alongside the Swiss Roger Federer (He hasn’t won a major tournament since his 2018 Australian Open) and the aforementioned Djokovic, who reached that number with his dedication last year at Wimbledon. A win over Medvedev would ensure that the Mallorca-born topped the rankings alone.
Nadal comes from leaving the Italian on the road Matteo Berrettini to 3-6 6-2 3-6 6-3. At the age of 35, after playing only six months last year due to a foot injury and after being exposed to covid-19 last December, he himself realized that he had reached the final and Getting a chance to fight for the title is “totally unexpected”.
“I don’t know if it will be my last chance or not. A short time ago it seemed like there wouldn’t be another chance and now we are here. Honestly, I don’t know what’s at stake. It’s almost a miracle. I am very happy and enjoy this moment. The Spaniard, who is also seeking to become the second player in the Open Era (the fourth in history) to have won at least two times in each of the four Grand Slam tournaments, which Djokovic achieved last year when he won Roland Garros for the second time.
Medvedev is ten years younger than Nadal, The new generation ace that got the best results so far. “My goal is not to deprive Rafa of his 21st Grand Slam title, but to win my matches,” said the Russian, who beat the Greek in the semi-finals. Stefanos Tsitsipas to 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
These tensions are not new for Medvedev, who won the US Open last year over Djokovic in the US Open final and prevented him from achieving his 21st Grand Slam title. In front of Nadal he has a chance to repeat that performance, displacement to loom From the top of the ladder In addition to becoming the first player in the Open Era (since 1968) to win his first two major championships in a row.
this will be Fifth accident in history Between Nadal and Medvedev. Until nowThe advantage of the Spaniard with three wins and one lossBut there is an encouraging fact for the Russian who won the last match between the two who played in the London Masters 2020 semi-finals.
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