Nadal Beats Medvedev To Win 21st Grand Slam Title

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Rafael Nadal battled down from two sets down and made history on Sunday after defeating Daniil Medvedev in a marathon Australian Open final to become the first man to win 21 Grand Slam titles.

The Spaniard thus won at a Grand Slam for the first time 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.

Nadal won 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-4 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena as the game last for five hours and 24 minutes.

This is Nadal’s second victory at the Australian Open – his first since 2009 – making 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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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.

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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