Australia Open: Nadal Beats Medvedev To Claim Record-Breaking 21st Grand Slam Title

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Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal on Sunday defeated Daniil Medvedev in a marathon Australian Open final to become the first man to win 21 Grand Slam titles.

Nadal battled back to win from two sets down for the first time at a Grand Slam in 15 years to complete a remarkable chapter in his extraordinary career, moving him one clear of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the Slam stakes.

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His incredible 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 7-5 victory after five hours and 24 minutes was his second triumph at Melbourne Park – his first since 2009.

This made him only the second man after Djokovic to win every Grand Slam title at least twice since the sport turned professional in 1968.

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Nadal, playing in his 29th Grand Slam final, was put under intense early pressure by the big-serving Medvedev, who was competing in his fourth major final.

On each of those four occasions, the Russian has faced either Djokovic or Nadal, who beat the 25-year-old in a thrilling US Open final in 2019.

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Source: Complete Sports