Rafael Nadal has reached the 2022 Australian Open final on Friday with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Matteo Berrettini in two hours and 55 minutes.
A few months ago, our champion didn’t even know if he’d be in Australia. Now, he’s one win away from a men’s record 21st Grand Slam trophy.
“I started the match playing great. The first two sets were one of the best so far since a long time. Then I know how good Matteo is, he is a very solid player, very dangerous. In the third I know at some point he is going to go for the shots. And thenI think I didn’t play a good game with myself in the fourth and third. He played some great shots, passing shot down the line, unbelievable. Then, yeah, then I had to suffer and wanted to fight in the fourth again.”
“That is the only way to be where I am today. Honestly, it means a lot to me to be in the final here again.”
“Well, as everybody knows I am more an outdoor than indoor player. But, yeah, I think the stadium looks amazing like this closed with the amazing crowd like this is even more noises, I enjoy the atmosphere a lot. I can’t complain at all.I knew before the match that the roof is going to be closed. You know what, a month-and-a-half I didn’t know if I was going to play tennis. It doesn’t matter if it is outdoors or indoors today. I just wanted to play and do my best.”
“For me it’s all about the Australian Open more than anything else. It just an amazing event that as I said a couple of days ago now, I have been a little bit lucky in my career with some injuries. At times I play good finals against Novak in 2012and Roger in 2017. I was lucky to win once in 2009 but I never thought about another chance dm in2022. Just enjoy the victory today and after that try my best.”
He heads into Sunday’s showpiece, where he will face either Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Our champ is hoping to win his second Australian Open trophy with his only title coming in 2009.