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Nadal vs Medvedev Australian Open 2022 Final Highlights: Nadal wins 21st Grand Slam title

Rafael Nadal won his record 21st Grand Slam after defeating Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in a gruelling Australian Open 2022 final in Melbourne on Sunday.

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk Melbourne Updated on: January 30, 2022 19:56 IST
Rafael Nadal exults after winning a game against Daniil
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Rafael Nadal exults after winning a game against Daniil Medvedev during Australian Open 2022 final in Melbourne on Sunday.

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Match Progress

  • Final score Nadal (6) vs Medvedev (2): 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 
  • 5th set Nadal just showed why he has done it 20 times before as he turned clinical in the fifth set by breaking his Russian rival early. He did face a last-ditched effort by Medvedev, who broke Nadal's serve at the death. However, the champion retaliated instantly to eventually claim the title.
  • 4th set After evenly fought-battle in the first four games, Nadal took control of the set and eventually won it despite Medvedev breaking him once to restore parity. 
  • 3rd set After suffering to stay in the match for the majority of the set, Nadal broke Medvedev serves in the 9th game and held on to his serve to give himself a lifeline in the final.
  • 2nd set A see-saw battle between the two rivals saw break each other twice before Medvedev won the 2nd set in the resulting tie-breaker to go 2-0 up. 
  • 1st set What a clinical performance by the Russian so far as he is not letting Nadal play his best. Nadal showed glimpses of geniuses but Medvedev never allowed him to settle down.
  • Nadal vs Medvedev is underway!
  • Head-to-head This is the fifth meeting between the two players with the Spanish winning three of them. The Russian's sole win, however, was the last time the duo squared off at the ATP Finals in London. Medvedev won that game from a set down 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3
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Match Commentary

5th set

7-5 He has done it! Nadal has become unprecedented 21-time Grand Slam winner.

6-5 Nadal breaks Medvedev's serve in retaliation! After a hard-fought game, Rafa stood the pressure to get better of the Russian's serve again. He will serve for the championship for the second time.

5-5 This is unbelievable! Medvedev breaks Nadal to level the set. The Russian picks two points on the trot to restore parity in the game.

5-4 Medvedev is being relentless, he wins the game to give himself a last shot to stay in the final. However, all eyes are on Nadal, who serves for the Championship! 

5-3 Nadal holds on to his serve with little discomfort. He now just needs to do it once more to grab the Australian Open title for the first time since 2009. 

4-3 Medvedev closes off the game quickly and now will be aiming to break Nadal, who just needs to hold on to two service games to clinch his record 21st Grand Slam. Meanwhile, this is now the longest game of Medvedev's career as it crosses five-hour mark.

4-2 After saving three break points in a game that stretched over 13 minutes, Nadal finally made the most of his second advantage to hold on to his serve. Medvedev do have some momentum on his side now as he is now finding winners during rallies.

3-2 Nadal breaks Medvedev! The 20-time Major champion has taken a big step towards his first Australian Open title since 2009. Medvedev has turned error prone in the closing stages while giving away freebies for Nadal to pounce upon.

2-2 Medvedev commits three consecutive errors to give advantage to Nadal, who closes the game with a big serve.

2-1 Medvedev keeps the pressure back on Nadal with by finishing off the game with four quick points. 

1-1 Nadal continues with his momentum from the last set as he takes the game with the game point coming off another rally. The 20-time Major winner is dictating terms now.  

0-1 Medvedev has sensed he needs to finish off points early as Nadal has started to dominate rallies more often now. That's what happened in the opening game of the set as the Spanish stretched it to deuce before the Russian closed it with two quick points. It appears the match is all about last-man standing and who will wear out the other one.

4th set

6-4 Nadal wins the 4th set! He does it in style with four points on the trot. It's midnight in Melbourne and the crowd ius going boisterous as their favourite picks the set-winning point with a venomous forehand. Medvedev did lose his focus after a heated argument with chair umpire John Blom and has been off colour ever since. Nadal, at the same moment, is getting better and better.

5-4 Medvedev slugs it hard to hang on to his serve there. Nadal is fighting for every point on the offer and appears far more precise than his Russian rival, whose forehand is lacking cofidence.

5-3 The match crosses the four-hour mark while Nadal saves three break points to go 5-3 up in the set. Nadal produced his second ace of the match to bag that game point. Couldn't have used a more opportune moment.

4-3 Medvedev is getting back his act together as he takes the game in no time. Exactly the impetus the Russian needed given how relentless Nadal has been.

4-2 Momentum has swung in Nadal's favour for sure as he takes the game on his serve in no time. Nadal's forehand is at his best at the moment as he is placing the ball at will throughout the court. Medvedev, who appears to have lost focus, was a mere spectator in this game; not the breather you would want to give to a competitor as good as Nadal. It's unclear how much is his left thigh injury affecting him.

3-2 Nadal breaks Medvedev again to restore his lead. This has been a battle of epic proportion as Medvedev saved four break points while losing out on as many advantages to concede the game. The Russian is certainly left frustrated as Nadal is getting better with every point he slugs hard for. Medvedev vents out some of his frustration during an argument with the chair umpire. It seems he is complaining about the crowd behaviour.

2-2 Medvedev breaks Nadal's serve! This isn't about serving anymore, they are fighting for every point. The game stretched above five minutes before Nadal committed two errors, including the break point, to lose his advantage in the set.

2-1 DOUBLE FAULT and Medvedev concedes the game! Takes nothing away from Nadal, who put early pressure on his rival after a gruelling last game by taking a 15-40 lead. 

1-1 Huft! That was a real struggle for Rafa on the serve as he had to battle it out for over 10 minutes to eke out that game, which forced the Spaniard to save two break points. Throughout the tournament and in the past, Nadal has enjoyed superiority in rallies but tonight the tables have turned. The Russian, however, calls for a timeout as he undergoes some medical assistance on his left thigh.

3rd set

Nadal bounces back to win the third set and keep the match alive. But, he has to keep the momentum going to be able to win the final. 

2-2 Finally a somewhat comfortable game for Nadal on his serve in a while. That's certainly a breather for the ageing Spanish star.

1-2 Medvedev breaks no sweat to take that game which included his 12th and 13th aces of the night.

1-1 It's now a battle for every point, irrespective of who is serving. However, Nadal continues to make some outrageous mistakes; taking away the opportunities to close out games. This time though, he manages to rally from  0-30 down to take the game.

0-1 Medvedev had to sweat it out there. Nadal is surely not going down without a fight as Medvedev had to save a break point and endure seven deuces to earn that game. The Russian makes a few errors here and there before closing the game with two aces; his 10th and 11th of the night.

2nd set tiebreaker

5-7 Medvedev takes the set! Nadal invited for another volley by the Russian, who handsomely places his rival's return to the other side of the court to take the set! He goes 2-0 up in the final. It is worth pointing out that it's Medvedev who has largely dominated the game while Nadal has used his years of experience to grind out points and stay relevant in the final. Make no mistake, Nadal has tried everything tonight -- not with best of accuracies -- but Medvedev has been a step ahead.

5-5 What a match! Nadal tries to pick some points on the volley but Medvedev held his ground with some gorgeous returns. Ice cold from Medvedev!

5-3 Nadal takes a crucial 5-3 lead in the tiebreaker with two consecutive points. The southpaw used his forehand power to bag the points on both the situations.

3-3 This is surely going down the wire as the duo continue to pick points on their serves. Medvedev slightly more comfortable than Nadal at the moment. Interestingly, both of them have been attacking the net in the tiebreaker instead of playing their customary baseline tennis.

2-1 Nadal takes early initiative in the tiebreaker by taking 2-0 lead. Medvedev retaliates with a low forehand winner to make it 2-1. Nadal serves next.

2nd set

6-6 Medvedev is surely in control of the set as he hits his 9th ace of the game to take the game into the tie breaker. First to seven points will take the set.

6-5 Nadal really had to churn out that point as Medvedev is fighting for every inch while stretching Nadal to eke out his best. However, this could just be a minor relief as Medvedev is winning more points and will be at an advantage if the set goes into the tie breaker. 

5-5 Medvedev gives no leeway to Nadal by quickly closing the game. Nadal will now serve to ensure he is not at a disadvantage by giving away another game.

5-4 Medvedev breaks back again! The see-saw battle continues. After a gruelling battle that saw Nadal save four break points the Russian finally prevailed the 5th time as Nadal seems uncertain with his serves.

5-3 As Nadal prepares to serve to save a break point, a fan invaded the court to get close to his Russian rival but was blocked by the security before he could get close.

5-3 Nadal gains back control of the set! What a reply from Nadal, he executes a drop shot to take the break point. Federer must have surely loved that. The Spanish will now serve for the 2nd set. Must say, Medvedev played a poor game by his serving standard.

4-3 Medvedev breaks Nadal back! What a performance by the Russian as he takes the initiative away from Nadal, who is finding it hard to dominate the rallies.

4-2 Medeved gets his act together with four points on the trot while not allowing Nadal any room. Will that worry Nadal as he prepares to serve.

4-1 Nadal is in his element now as he holds on to his serve to take a crucial lead in the set. Will that be enough for the set? Seems likely as momentum has certainly swung in his favour.

3-1 Nadal breaks Medevedev's serve! This is probably the first time the Russian dropped intensity in the match and Nadal makes the most of it by taking charge against the serve, including a backhand winner of a 40-shot rally. 

2-1 Nadal holds on to his serve but is not exactly in control of it. That's because Medvedev has been dealing with everything thrown at him comfortably. Whether it's overuse of backhand slices or crosscourt forehands, Medvedev has found ways to pick points while Nadal makes his job easier by committing errors every now and then

1-1 Medvedev is in firm control of his serves as well as he is not allowing Nadal much time to rally.

1-0 Nadal comes back strong in the second set as he makes Medvedev work hard by opening the court. Also, the former World No. 1 looks more in control of the rallies as well. Medvedev has his work cut out!

1st set

2-6 Medvedev takes the first set! What a clinical performance by the Russian so far as he is not letting Nadal play his best. Nadal showed glimpses of geniuses but Medvedev never allowed him to settle down.

2-5 Medvedev breaks Nadal again! The Spanish is feeling the heat now as Medvedev has now picked eight points on the trot while facing Nadal's serve.

2-4 Medvedev holds on to his serve there and is certainly has the momentum on his side. However, Nadal, despite his unwanted errors, is not letting his intensity drop. Medvedev knows he hasn't won the set yet. 

2-3 Medvedev breaks Nadal's serve! That's not a happy sight for Nadal fans as Medvedev breaks no sweat to pick that break point with four points on the trot, including an unforced error by the 20-time Grand Slam champion. 

2-2 Medvedev is relying on his backhand mostly to pick points against his Spanish rival in the early stages. So far it's working for the Russian.

2-1 What a game! Long rallies, serve and volley, forehand winners; its all happening already as the duo fights for everything on the offer. Medvedev exerted himself on Nadal but the Spaniard absorbed all that and saved two break points. The former World No. 1 soon backed that up with two consecutive points to close the game. Interestingly, Nadal is using his backhand slash a lot; definitely a tactic for the final.

1-1 Medvedev is sharp with his serves as the Russian close the game quick. Just shows how comfortable he is on the hard court.

1-0 Nadal manages to hold on to his serve but Medvedev made an early impact by stretching the game to a deuce. However, it's not easy to get under Nadal's skin this early.

2:17 PM Chair umpire John Blom urges the players to be ready for the play with Nadal serving first amid loud cheers.

2:14 PM In case you are unaware yet, this is the fifth meeting between the two players with the Spanish winning three of them. The Russian's sole win, however, was the last time the duo squared off at the ATP Finals in London. Medvedev won that game from a set down 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

2:13 PM Chair umpire says it's three minutes to the match as both players are warming up after the toss.

2:12 PM Crowd is heavily in Nadal's favour while faint boos could be heard for Medvedev, who doesn't really enjoy a healthy relationship with Melbourne Park crowd.

2:05 PM Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Australian Open 2022 final. It's the match every fan wanted to see. The two heavyweights, in absence of Novak Djokovic, made all the way to the final. Nadal is certainly a fan's favourite for the final as he chases record 21st Grand Slam. However, betting odds are placed in favour of current US champion Medvedev, who has been in scintillating form since half a year now and is making claims to be the new superstar of tennis.

India Tv - Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev

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Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev

Since Wimbledon ended last July, there's been so much discussion in tennis about the first man to win 21 Grand Slam titles. The focus has been almost entirely on Novak Djokovic's bid; almost none of it on Rafael Nadal. With the first Grand Slam title of 2022 to be determined Sunday, it's Nadal who is just one win away. He'll play the Australian Open final against U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev, who is aiming for back-to-back major titles and his own, albeit smaller, piece of history.

Match Details 

Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev

Australian Open 2022 Men's Final

7.30 pm local time/ 8.30 am GMT/ 3.30 am EST/ 2 pm IST

Rod Laver Arena

Australian Open 2022: Rafael Nadal chases historic 21st Slam, faces Daniil Medvedev in final

With the first Grand Slam title of 2022 to be determined Sunday, it's Nadal who is just one win away. He'll play the Australian Open final against U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev, who is aiming for back-to-back major titles and his own, albeit smaller, piece of history.

So long in the making, so many months off the tour for Nadal, and so much drama around Djokovic's deportation the night before his Australian Open title defense was due to begin, makes the race for 21 so much more compelling. Nadal, only last month, wasn't even sure if he'd get to Australia after long hours of frustrating and intensive rehabilitation on his foot injury that can never be fully fixed, and a bout of COVID-19.

Australian Open 2022 champion Barty keeps No. 1 ranking; Djokovic remains at top as well

Russia's Daniil Medvedev maintains second irrespective of his result against Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open men's final to be played later Sunday.

Nadal, tied with Djokovic and Roger Federer with 20 grand slam titles, stays fifth, behind Germany's Alexander Zverev and Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Head to head - Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev

Rafael Nadal - 3

Daniil Medvedev - 1

Rafael Nadal's road to final

Semifinal - Rafael Nadal vs Matteo Berrettini  6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Quarterfinals - Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3

Round 4 - Rafael Nadal vs Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (14/12), 6-2, 6-2

Round 3 - Rafael Nadal vs Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Round 2 - Rafael Nadal vs Yannick Hanfmann 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Round 1 - Rafael Nadal vs Marcos Giron 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Daniil Medvedev's Road to final

Semifinal - Daniil Medvedev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(7/5) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

Quarter Finals - Daniil Medvedev vs Felix Auger Aliassime 6-7(6/4), 3-6, 7-6(7/2), 7-5, 6-4

4th Round - Daniil Medvedev vs Maxime Cressy 6-2, 7-6(7/4), 6-7(6/4), 7-5

3rd Round - Daniil Medvedev vs Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

2nd Round - Daniil Medvedev vs Nick Kyrgios 7-6(7/1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

1st Round - Daniil Medvedev vs Henri Laaksonen 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(7/3)

Let's take a look at the live streaming details of the Australian Open Men's singles final: Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev

In India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh (India subcontinent)

Sony Six will telecast the Australian Open 2022. You can watch Live Streaming on Sony Liv and JioTV (India).

In Australia
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In Spain
In Spain, Eurosport will telecast the Australian Open 2022.

In Italy
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In the USA
In the United States, ESPN will telecast the Australian Open 2022.

In Russia
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In Greece
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In Canada
In Canada, TSN / RDS will telecast the Australian Open 2022.

In Spain
In Spain, Eurosport will telecast the Australian Open 2022.

In New Zealand

In New Zealand, Sky Sports Network will telecast the Australian Open 2022. 

In the United Kingdom
In the United Kingdom, Eurosport will telecast the Australian Open 2022.

In Serbia
In Serbia, Eurosport will telecast the Australian Open 2022.

In the Middle East
In the Middle-east nations, beIN Sports will telecast the Australian Open 2022.