Nadal’s epic victory to get into the Australian Open final

The Spanish tennis player defeats Berretini in four sets and will face Medvedev or Tstsipas in search of the 21st Grand Slam

Rafa Nadal has done it again. He returns to a final of the Australian Open and will fight for Grand Slam number 21, in order to become the most successful tennis player in history. The Spanish victory was epic. As in the quarterfinals, the Balearic typhoon swept his rival, Berrettini, off the court with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3. The first two sets swept. He didn’t even give him the option of a service break.

But in tennis you have to suffer and more so in Rod Laver, where Nadal has seen his dreams frustrated many times. The third set was complicated. The Italian got over it and began to serve to his right. He was becoming more efficient with his serve and creating more problems for the rest. He had to wait for game number 25 to have his first break ball. Berrettini did not waste it and went 5-3 up in the third set. The game would go on a little longer.

Already in the fourth set, Nadal dressed as a magician and began to score points that lifted the fans from their seats. Berrettini was at his best, his forehand was doing more damage than ever but Nadal held on and at the key moment of the match gave the final blow. The Spaniard remained to go 5-3 in the fourth set and Berrettini had doubts. Nadal put all the remains and the Italian failed. Rafa served to take the game, and he did not fail.

Since his epic victory in 2009 against Roger Federer, which ended with the Swiss in tears, Rafa Nadal has contested four finals at the Rod Laver Arena (2012, 2014, 2017 and 2019). All of them lost. On Sunday he will have the opportunity to make amends. That day he will be able to complete the Grand Slam double that only Novak Djokovic has achieved, thanks to his triumph at Roland Garros last season, and become the first tennis player to reach 21 top-flight titles. But it won’t be easy. In front will be the Russian Medvedev or the Greek Tstsipas. Old acquaintances. In his particular balance, the Spanish beat the Russian by 3 to 1, and the Greek by 7 to 2.

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