Saturday, January 28

“It’s incredible, a month and a half ago I didn’t know if I would play tennis again”

Finished the final, and accompanied by all his team, Rafael Nadal He snuck into the Melbourne Center Court locker room. He threw himself to the ground and immediately got up to start doing a stationary bike after winning the Australian Open, his 21st Grand Slam that places him above Djokovic Y Federer.

“It is incredible to see myself here with the trophy in front of all of you because a month and a half ago I did not know if I would play tennis again,” the Balearic tennis player had said minutes before before the thousands of fans who had attended an incredible final. Truly amazing.

“It has been one of the most emotional matches of my career as a tennis player,” Nadal had confessed before getting on that exercise bike while chatting with Carlos Moya, your coach, and Mark Lopez, who premiered his new job at the Australian Open within the technical team that accompanies the tennis player from Manacor.

“I’m sure you will win this tournament several times,” he said with that sporty and elegant tone. Anythe Medvedev. “Rafa, I think you played a great game. Congratulations on your twenty-first Grand Slam”, the Russian had told him before. Then, already in the gym, the Spaniard received a visit from the Australian Rod Laver, one of the great legends of world tennis.

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“It’s one of the most exciting moments of my career,” he said. Nadal, who at 35 years old found in Melbourne the reward for complicated months, where he came to consider his sports career due to his serious injury to his right foot, together with the fact that he was confined for contracting the coronavirus. Now, instead, he leaves Australia with his even bigger legend. “Recently I didn’t know if I would play more Australian Open, but now I am full of energy and hope to see you all in 2023.”

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