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Rafael Nadal beats Medvedev to win Australian Open for 21st major title

Rafael Nadal arrived at 21 first.

The 35-year-old Spaniard broke the men’s record for most Grand Slam singles titles, but he had to do it the hard way by coming back from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev in an Open final from Australia which lasted 5 hours and 24 minutes. . He was broken serving for the championship at 5-4 in the fifth set but made no mistakes the next time around.

It was the second longest Australian Open final after Novak Djokovic defeated Nadal in five sets in 5 hours and 53 minutes in 2012.

Nadal now has one more than Roger Federer and Djokovic, his longtime rivals in the so-called Big Three.

With the 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 victory that started on Sunday night and was delayed for a time in the second set when a protester jumped on the field, Nadal also becomes just the fourth man in history to win the sport’s four major titles at least twice.

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