Rafael Nadal Matches Roger Federer’s Incredible Record After Beating Matteo Berrettini in the Semi-final of the Australian Open 2022

Published 01/28/2022, 5:41 AM EST
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – SEPTEMBER 23: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of Team Europe react during there doubles match against Jack Sock and Sam Querrey of Team World on Day 2 of the Laver Cup on September 23, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Laver Cup consists of six European players competing against their counterparts from the rest of the World. Europe will be captained by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe will captain the Rest of the World team. The event runs from 22-24 September. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

The legend of Rafael Nadal continues at the Australian Open 2022, as he reached his 6th Australian Open final. Today, the 20-time Grand Slam winner beat Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the semi-final to reach the final. 

Arguably one of the greatest tennis players ever, Rafael Nadal will now compete for his 21st Grand Slam title. After reaching the final, Rafael Nadal matched an incredible record, previously held by the one and only Roger Federer.

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Rafael Nadal matches Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal’s class was on full display today against Matteo Berrettini, as the Spaniard beat the Italian in four sets. The match lasted 2 hours and 55 minutes and the final scoreline was 6-3,6-2,3-6,6-3. Matteo didn’t even play a poor match by any means; it just boiled down to Nadal’s class which was too much for the Italian to handle. 

After reaching the final, Rafael Nadal created an incredible record, matching Roger Federer. The Spaniard now reached at least one Grand Slam final in a total of 15 seasons in his professional career. Roger Federer achieved this feat when he reached the Wimbledon final in 2019. 

Can Nadal break the tie in Australia?

En route to the final Rafael Nadal had to fight hard against many problems. Before the tournament even began, he was unsure about competing because of the foot injury. However, Rafa decided to compete anyway and now he is in the final of this Grand Slam. Also, the Spaniard had to fight through a stomach problem during his quarter-final match against Denis Shapovalov. 

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After enduring all this, reaching the final of the Australian Open will boost Nadal’s confidence greatly. If the Spaniard wins the Australian Open, he will have the most Grand Slam wins ever, breaking the 3-way tie between him Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Roger Federer of Team Europe and teammate Rafael Nadal react as they sit down during a practice session ahead of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo, on September 18, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. (The Laver Cup consists of six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. John McEnroe will captain the Rest of the World team and Europe will be captained by Bjorn Borg) The event runs from 20-22 Sept. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

The Spaniard will now face either Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. Incidentally, both the players have beaten Nadal in the past. So, it will be a tough challenge for Rafa either way to reach that milestone.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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