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Press on historic Nadal victory: “You are immortal”

Rafael Nadal has won the Australian Open for the second time and set a record in men’s tennis with his 21st title in one of the four Grand Slam tournaments. The German Press Agency has compiled statements from the international press.

Spain:

“As”: “Rafa Nadal pulled off one of the greatest feats in the history of the sport at the Australian Open 2022. Four months ago he was still on crutches and with his left leg in a cast, and this Sunday he’s already the tallest of them all Times in men’s tennis, at least when it comes to the number of Grand Slam titles.”

“Marca”: “Rafael Nadal made history again by picking up two sets against Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Australian Open and claiming his 21st Grand Slam title (…) Nadal gave a true one at the (stadium) Rod Laver Performance of both game and epic because just a few weeks ago he didn’t even know if he could play.”

“El Mundo Deportivo”: “Nadal’s epic race to catch up. The greatest champion in history! (…) At 35, he led a race to catch up against a player ten years his junior, which will remain in the golden book of tennis and sport. “

Great Britain:

“Daily Mail”: “Rafael Nadal’s incredible Australian Open comeback brings back memories of his victory over Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2008… and gives Novak Djokovic another nose swipe.”

“The Sun”: “Rafael Nadal has become the most successful player in the history of men’s professional tennis – thanks to one of the biggest comebacks of his sensational career.”

“The Guardian”: “Rafael Nadal’s body may be crunching, but his lust remains undamped. The 35-year-old was at his best to win his 21st Grand Slam title and there may be more to come, despite his injury history.”

Italy:

“La Gazzetta dello Sport”: “Nadal, you are immortal! He beats Medvedev in a comeback and gets his 21st degree slam.”

“Corriere dello Sport”: “Historical success for the Spanish tennis player: at 35, this is his 90th title and, above all, he is the first tennis player in history to win 21 Grand Slams. An incredible liberation for Nadal, who is in the been in danger of having to retire from the sport altogether over the past few months.”

France:

“L’Équipe”: “Nadal as from another planet. He has raised the flame to the highest heights of the Melbourne sky.”

Austria:

“Kronen Zeitung”: “The Spaniard Rafael Nadal accomplished the feat on Sunday and also secured the record for major triumphs by winning the Australian Open.”

Switzerland:

“Blick”: “After a sluggish start with the focus on the inglorious cause of Novak Djokovic, the Australian Open found a sporting ending that will be remembered for a long time. The 35-year-old Rafael Nadal – after foot surgery and a break of months without great expectations returned to the tour – writes tennis history.”

Australia:

“Herald Sun” “King Rafa. (…) The Ruler – The Spanish Bull now the GOAT after a comeback for the ages in one of the best Aus Open finals.”

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