Rafael Nadal faces ‘war’ to overthrow Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at Australian Open | Tennis | sport


Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev will go to “war” at the Australian Open on Sunday, according to former Spanish No.1 Alex Corretja. Nadal and Medvedev overcame their opponents in the semi-finals on Friday to set up a tantalizing final in Melbourne. The Spaniard is aiming to overtake Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as the most successful men’s tennis player of all time.

Medvedev came back from a two-set drop in his quarter-final win over Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier this week.

He also trailed Stefanos Tsitsipas in Friday’s semi-final before coming back to win in four.

Before Medvedev’s victory was confirmed, Corretja revealed his excitement over a potential clash with Nadal.

And he reckons it will be a tough match for Nadal against last year’s US Open champion.

“It would be a war, it would be epic if they faced each other,” Corretja told Eurosport.

“They would play long rallies, they already played a Slam final a few years ago at the US Open, they know each other.

“Daniil has experience and he knows he can win a major tournament already.

“It always gives you extra power thinking you can do it again.”

“It is certainly normal that they put an eye on it and see what they are doing.

“At the end of the day, they’ve grown a lot together and been in so many Grand Slams, so I’m sure they’ll keep an eye on the final.”

Nadal missed the second half of 2021 with a foot injury.

And he admits to being surprised at the level he has reached in the last fortnight.

“[For] people from the outside, it’s hard to believe,” Nadal said.

“But people who are next to me and have looked at my condition, lived through my diary of the last six months, it’s hard to understand that I can play at this level right now.

“It’s hard to explain honestly but I feel lucky, I play with a good attitude and positive feelings.

“I feel a bit revived in terms of the competitive spirit. I missed that feeling.

“I know the pressure is not too much for me now, I never thought I would have the chance to be where I am today, so I’m enjoying every moment and, of course, I’m doing my best.”


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