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Nadal wins Australian Open for 21st major title – NBC10 Philadelphia

The latest at the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):

1:15 am (Monday)

Rafael Nadal ranked 21st first.

The 35-year-old Spaniard broke the men’s record for most Grand Slam singles titles but he had to do it the hard way by coming back from two sets to beat Daniil Medvedev in the final. The Australian Open final lasted 5 hours and 24 minutes. . He broke down serving for the championship 5-4 in the fifth set but made no mistake the next time around.

It was the second-longest Australian Open final, after Novak Djokovic beat Nadal in five sets in 5 hours and 53 minutes in 2012.

Nadal now has more than Roger Federer and Djokovic, his longtime rivals in the so-called Big Three.

With a 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 win that began Sunday night and was delayed for a while in the second set when a protester jumped onto the field, Nadal also becomes only the fourth man in history to win all four of the sport’s major titles at least twice.

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Midnight

Rafael Nadal jumped from two sets down to take the Australian Open final to a fifth set against US Open champion Daniil Medvedev.

Nadal led the third and fourth sets 6-4, 6-4 after Medvedev opened the scoring 6-2, 7-6 (5).

In the fourth round, Nadal took a 5-3 lead and then had a set point, but Medvedev saved and kept his footing, forcing the 20-time major winner to serve again.

Nadal has no problem with that, keep in love. The match had passed 4 hours and 12 minutes.

The 35-year-old Spaniard won the men’s grand slam 21st major title still standing.

He missed his chance to serve in the second set when his service was broken in a match that lasted more than 12 minutes and was interrupted by a court invader. Nadal faced a breakpoint in the ninth game of that set when protesters jumped from the stands into the court at Medvedev’s end. Medvedev is still capable of one of the big titles in a row.

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11p.m

Rafael Nadal took the Australian Open final to the fourth set against US Open champion Daniil Medvedev.

Nadal won the third set 6-4, broke serve in the ninth game and then served in love, after Medvedev won the first two sets 6-2, 7-6 (5).

The 35-year-old Spaniard’s bid for the men’s record 21st major title is still alive. He missed his chance to serve in the second set when his service was broken in a match that lasted more than 12 minutes and was interrupted by a court invader.

Nadal faced a breakpoint in the ninth game of the second set when protesters jumped from the stands onto the court at Medvedev’s end.

Security quickly surrounded both players and arrested the protester, who was carrying a banner that read: “Abolish refugee detention”. Medvedev broke serve in that game, held a draw and then won the tie break to potentially in a set to win consecutive major titles.

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9:55 pm

Daniil Medvedev led 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal after a dramatic second set was interrupted by a court invader and had four service breaks.

Nadal was trying to serve the set in game 9 with about an hour and a half to go and was facing a break point when a protester jumped from the stands into the court at Medvedev’s end.

Security quickly surrounded both players and arrested the protester, who was carrying a banner that read: “Abolish refugee detention”. Nadal saved that point to go back to knocking, wasting a set point and then dropping serve for Medvedev to return to the set.

The US Open champion won it in his first set, on Nadal’s serve, with a backhand and then waved both hands up to find the crowd’s support.

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8.30pm

Daniil Medvedev fixed the score 6-2 in the Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal.

The US Open champion broke Nadal’s serve twice and then served for 42 minutes. Nadal’s first serve percentage dropped to 54% compared with Medvedev’s 82%.

Medvedev is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era to win a second Grand Slam title at the next major tournament. He lost last year’s Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic.

Nadal is chasing a record 21st Grand Slam men’s singles title to break the bond he currently shares with Roger Federer and Djokovic.

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7:50 pm

Rafael Nadal is serving first in the Australian Open final against Daniil Medvedev.

The 35-year-old Spaniard is chasing his 21st Grand Slam singles title to break the bond he currently shares with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Nadal is also aiming to become the fourth man in history to win all four professional tennis tournaments at least twice.

US Open champion Medvedev is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era to win a second Grand Slam title at the next major tournament.

He lost last year’s Australian Open final to Djokovic.

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6:00 pm

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova took a step closer to a career Grand Slam in doubles as they won their first Australian Open title on Sunday, beating Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-7 (3) , 6-4, 6-4.

The Czech doubles had two French Open titles and a Wimbledon title along with an Olympic gold medal. But their win on Sunday gave them their fourth Grand Slam title in five finals and their first on hard courts.

The top seeds were forced to fight by all means, dropping a set at the tournament for the first time and fighting 2 hours and 42 minutes before claiming victory.

Siniakova served first for the match 5-2 in the third set but Danilina of Kazakhstan and Haddad Maia of Brazil broke serve to prolong the game. Krejikova finally served the match at the next opportunity.

The pair have been doubles partners since children’s tennis and won the French Open children’s title against a partner that included Haddad Maia.

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5:05 pm

Top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova regrouped to level the Australian Open women’s doubles final against Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia after dropping the first set.

Kazakhstan’s Danilina and Brazil’s Haddad Maia led the first set 7-6 (3) but the Czech pair Krejcikova and Siniakova leveled off by winning the second set 6-4.

The top seeds broke Haddad Maia’s serve in the opening match of the second set and held that advantage to send the game into a decisive third set.

Krejcikova met a break point in game 6 but was held to keep the advantage for the top seeds.

The Czech pair are bidding for their first Australian Open title, after losing last year’s final, and are chasing their fourth Grand Slam doubles title, their first on hard courts. . They won the French Open in 2018 and 2021 and Wimbledon in 2018.

The couple are also Olympic champions.

4:00 pm

The surprising rise of Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia as doubles continued on Sunday as they took the first set of the women’s Australian Open final 7-6 (3) against two top players. The first were Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.

Kazakhstan’s Danilina and Brazil’s Haddad Maia have won all nine matches together since they became doubles partners, including the Sydney International final towards the first Grand Slam of the year.

They were twice ahead by a service break in Sunday’s final before Krejcikova and Siniakova rallied to turn the set into a tie-breaker.

Danilina and Haddad Maia broke Siniakova in the third game of the first set and both took the serve to take a 4-2 lead. Krejcikova and Siniakova broke Danilina in game eight to level the match.

Siniakova again dropped serve in the 11th game, but the top seeded team broke serve immediately.

Danilina and Haddad Maia then took the first six points of the tie-breaker before scoring the first 7-6 (3).

2 p.m

Before Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev reach the middle of the men’s singles final at the Australian Open on Sunday, top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova will face Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia in the women’s doubles final.

Krejcikova and Siniakova will feature in the final for the second year in a row following defeats to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka in last year’s final. The Czech pair will also try to get one step closer to a doubles career after winning the French Open in 2018 and 2021 and Wimbledon in 2018.

Krejcikova and Siniakova were also last year’s Olympic champions.

They reached the final with 6-2, 6-3 wins over Veronika Kudermetova of Russia and Mertens of Belgium, who are both trying to reach the Australian Open final for the second time in a row.

“We had to go through a lot of tough matches to get to the final, so I think I can tell both of us that we are really proud and looking forward to the final,” Krejcikova said later. win in the semi-finals.

Kazakhstan’s Danilina and Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia beat Japan’s second-seeded Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in their semi-final. They are unbeaten in 9 matches together.

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Huynh Nguyen

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