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Australian Open: Nadal books chance to surpass Federer, Djokovic

The story of this year’s Australian Open started with the focus squarely on Novak Djokovic, but there is a real chance that it will end with everyone talking about Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard is now just one step away from a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title after beating Matteo Berrettini in their semi-final clash in four sets, 6-3,6-2,3-6,6-3.

The winner of the second semi-final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev will face Nadal at the Rod Laver arena on Sunday, where the Spaniard will attempt to make history.

Nadal is always humble in victory, stating that he is just happy to be playing in the Australian Open. He admitted that a month and a half ago, he did not even know if he can still play competitive tennis due to his recurring foot injury. However, his delight as he secured match point gave away the fact that he knows exactly what he might achieve if he wins on Sunday.

Even though Nadal is always a strong favourite in any tournament that he plays in, fans have been cautiously optimistic due to the fact that he spent most of 2021 sidelined due to his injury. He escaped a close call against Denis Shapovalov in the quarter finals, where he admitted to feeling “destroyed” after a gruelling five setter in the Australian summer heat.