World No. 6 Rafael Nadal beat Maxime Cressy 7-6(6), 6-3 in the Melbourne Summer Set final on Sunday to clinch his 89th career title and gain a big confidence boost ahead of next week’s Australian Open. The American had a set point in the tiebreak but couldn’t convert and once our champ claimed the first set, the final result was almost inevitable.
The 20-time grand slam champion did not drop a set at this year’s tournament on his way to a first title of 2022. He has now won a title for 19 consecutive years.
I want to thank all the organisation here. I feel privileged and a very lucky guy to be here again. I am coming back from some challenging moments in terms of injuries, so I can’t be happier. It means a lot to be back and with a trophy in my hands.
This court has always been very, very special for me. The Rod Laver Arena is very, very special for everyone and it is more special because of you guys. You guys are a great crowd and I can’t thank you enough.Rafa Nadal
Only Jimmy Connors (109), Roger Federer (103) and Ivan Lendl (94) have won more ATP Tour titles than Rafa’s 89 in the Open Era.