‘I recalled Roger Federer final after getting broken at 5-4’


Rafael Nadal: 'I recalled Roger Federer final after getting broken at 5-4'

In the last five years, Rafael Nadal played two five-setters in the Australian Open finals. The Spaniard suffered a tight loss to Roger Federer in 2017 despite being a break in front in the final set, and he barely escaped the same destiny in this year’s title clash against Daniil Medvedev.

Five years ago, two great rivals met in their first Major final since Roland Garros 2011. After three hours and 38 minutes, Federer prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and 38 minutes, erasing an early deficit in the decider to emerge at the top.

Rafa held at love in the fourth set’s ninth game to force a decider and opened an early lead in the final set. The Spaniard saved a break point to open a 3-1 gap, but instead of remaining in front, he squandered a game point and got broken at 3-2.

Federer broke again in game eight to open a 5-3 gap and defended two break chances in game nine to emerge at the top and secure the first Major crown in almost half a decade. Nadal played another incredible Australian Open final ten days ago against Daniil Medvedev and beat the Russian 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in five hours and 24 minutes.

Rafa barely prevailed in the second-longest Major final, trailing 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 before performing one of his finest comebacks in a career to secure the record-breaking 21st Major crown.

Rafael Nadal prevailed over Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final.

Nadal saved those three break points in the third set’s sixth game and gathered a boost to win sets three and four.

The Spaniard built the lead in the decider, like against Federer five years ago, and served for the title at 5-4. Making one last push, Medvedev broke back to lock the result at 5-5 before Nadal grabbed another break in game 11 and sealed the deal a few minutes later on his serve for a massive celebration.

« I was nervous while serving for the win at 5-3, as I was in similar situations in the past. I wasted a break advantage in the decider against Roger Federer in 2017 final. I lost that game, and it was a massive blow. Still, I stood two games away from victory, and I managed to stay in the match mentally, » Rafael Nadal said.

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