Thursday, June 20

Nadal wins five-set epic battle in Melbourne for record Grand Slam wins

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Rafael Nadal fought back from two sets down to win a record 21st Grand Slam men’s title, beating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in a classic Australian Open final.

Backed by a loud Melbourne crowd, sixth seed Nadal rallied to win 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena, BBC reported.

According to the news agency, US Open champion Medvedev, 25, was in command before Nadal showed all of his renowned grit and fight to earn an extraordinary win.

The 35-year-old Spaniard has been at the centre of some of the sport’s most incredible triumphs – but this surely goes down as the most amazing Grand Slam victory of his illustrious career.

In the absence of the deported Novak Djokovic and the injured Roger Federer in Melbourne, Nadal has moved one ahead of his great rivals in the race to finish with most major men’s singles titles.

Nadal’s achievement comes only a few months after he thought he would never be able to return to the tour because of a foot injury.

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