Rafael Nadal WINS the Australian Open after a storming fightback from two sets down against Daniil Medvedev in a 5 hours, 24 minute epic – as the Spaniard overtakes Federer and Djokovic with an historic 21st Grand Slam title
- Rafael Nadal beats Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Australian Open
- Medvedev was near-faultless in the first set of the final and took it 6-2
- Nadal had a set point in the second set but Medvedev won it on a tie-break
- Yet the Spaniard took the third set 6-4 as the final crossed the three-hour mark
- Nadal then forced a decider, 6-4 again, as a terrific final goes over four hours
- And in the most thrilling of finales, Nadal won the fifth and final set 7-5
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Rafael Nadal walks out onto the Rod Laver Arena court knowing he is three sets away from winning a record 21st Grand Slam title this morning.
Tied all-time with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, both of whom missed this tournament, Nadal can make a statement on Sunday as he faces tricky Russian star Daniil Medvedev, who won the US Open in September.
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