World No. 5 Rafael Nadal will be aiming to claim an unprecedented 21st Grand Slam title when he takes on Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open on Sunday.
Sunday’s meeting will be just the fifth time these two have faced off, and it is Rafa who leads the head-to-head record 3-1 after the previous four.
All of their previous four matches have come on hard courts, and the only one to have taken place at a Grand Slam was the final of the 2019 US Open, which Rafa won in five sets having initially surrendered a two-set lead.
Date: January 30, 2022
Match time: 7.30 PM AEDT local time / 3.30 AM EST – New York, Montreal / 8.30 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 9.30 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa is bidding to win his 21st Grand Slam title and move ahead of Djokovic and Federer at the top of the all-time list for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles won.
Medvedev is bidding to win his 2nd Grand Slam title and, having won his first at the US Open last year, become the first man in the Open Era to win his 2nd Grand Slam title at the next Grand Slam event after his first major title.
Medvedev is bidding to defeat a Top 5 player at the Australian Open for the 2nd time, having recorded his first victory against a Top 5 player here by defeating No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals. He had lost both of his previous matches against Top 5 players here – to No. 1 Djokovic in both the round of 16 in 2019 and the final last year. He has a 3-5 win-loss record against Top 5 opposition at the Grand Slams overall.
Medvedev has won 4 of his last 6 matches against Top 5 players – all of which have come on hard courts. His only defeats to Top 5 players in that time came against No. 1 Djokovic in the final at 2021 Paris-1000 and against No. 3 Alexander Zverev in the final at the 2021 ATP Finals. He has a 9-15 win-loss record against Top 5 opposition on hard courts and an 11-18 win-loss record against Top 5 opposition at Tour-level overall.
Rafa s bidding to defeat a Top 5 player at the Australian Open for the 4th time – and for the first time since he defeated No. 3 Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals in 2017. He has lost both of his matches against Top 5 players here since then – to No. 1 Djokovic in the final in 2019 and to No. 5 Thiem in the quarterfinals in 2020. He has a 3-5 win-loss record against Top 5 opposition at the Australian Open and a 30-14 win-loss record at the Grand Slams overall.
Rafa is bidding to end a 4-match losing streak against Top 5 players on hard courts. He has not recorded a victory against a Top 5 player on a hard court since defeating No. 4 Medvedev at the 2019 ATP Finals. He has a 27-43 win-loss record against Top 5 opposition on hard courts and an 88-61 win-loss record against Top 5 opposition at Tour-level overall.
Should Rafa win his 21st major title here, he will move ahead of Federer on the list for the first time in his career – Federer led the pair’s rivalry in terms of most Grand Slam titles won from winning his first Grand Slam title at 2003 Wimbledon until Rafa won his 20th Grand Slam title (equalling Federer) at 2020 Roland Garros.
Rafa will also regain the lead in terms of most Grand Slam titles won in his rivalry with Djokovic – Rafa led the pair’s rivalry from winning his first Grand Slam title at 2005 Roland Garros until Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam title (equalling Rafa) at Wimbledon last year.
Rafa is bidding to win his 90th Tour-level title and become the 4th man in the Open Era to win 90 or more Tour-level titles, after Jimmy Connors, Federer and Ivan Lendl.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!