PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal wins the Australian Open for his 21st Grand Slam title

World No. 5 Rafael Nadal won his second Australian Open and 21st Grand Slam title with a five-set victory over Daniil Medvedev.

Our champ lost first two sets but recovered to win 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in five hours and 23 minutes. He is the first man in the Open Era to come back from two sets down in an Australian Open final to win the title.

15,000 fans watched this year’s Australian Open final at the Rod Laver Arena. Most of them were Rafans who were cheering loud and taking photos to mark the occasion of Rafa becoming the first man to win 21 majors.

His victory is even more remarkable considering Rafa flew to Australia with just two matches under his belt in the second half of 2021 because he was sidelined with a chronic foot injury that can be treated but not cured. He also had a bout of COVID-19.


  1. Rafa, you are amazing. You are my Champion since 2002. Am so proud that you are the male tennis player who has made history. The G.O.A.T….Stay well and see you for RG.🇪🇦🇪🇦☘☘❤❤

  2. Rafamazing! I’m sure your fighting spirit and the wonderful, so well deserved crowd support carried you to victory! But it was also your sheer joy in simply being able to play tennis again kept you in this tournament. That joy radiated from you all month long. Thank you, Rafa!

  3. SIMPLY AMAZING RAFA!!! Greatest comeback I have ever watched you play!!!!!! What a fighter and what a CHAMPION!

  4. What a match! I am so elated you have made history! You are indeed the best of the best! The G.O.A.T. Our Rafa! We just knew you could come back from being two sets down and win the match, That’s the way you do it! Congratulations and wishing you much success for future tournaments.

  5. I have no words enough to describe this great performance. You are simply great Rafa. So proud of you

  6. I’m very proud of our outstanding champion. Rafael is the greatest athlete that as ever played tennis. Is mental toughness is really un common. Specially after that surgery. Congratulations to a great champion.

  7. Amazing. Simply Amazing. No words exist to express what this Champion is and will forever be.

  8. Congratulations Rafa, after the 2nd set we said now the match really starts😊 Well done. You deserves it. Enjoy your victory 👍🍻

  9. I am so happy! I had even given up after two sets, but I should have realized our champ never gives up. The fans were wonderful. They carried Rafa to victory!

  10. Congratulations well don Rafa 21 is yours vamosssssss 🔥🏆🔥👏👏👏👏👏👏👏🇪🇸

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