Nadal presently holds a tie for the most men's singles grand slam titles (20) with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, but now has the opportunity to surpass his historic opponents.
The 35-year-old was quick to dismiss his chance to make history, insisting that his main focus is on winning the Australian Open, which he has only won once in his brilliant career
"It's really an incredible occasion that, as I mentioned a few days ago, I was a little unlucky with certain ailments." I've had some incredible finals with great chances — against Novak in 2012, against Roger in 2017 — and I've come close a few times."I consider myself extremely fortunate to have won it once in my career in 2009, but I never considered a second chance in 2022."
After battling injuries and a case of Covid-19 last year, there were concerns about Nadal's condition heading into the competition.
In the quarterfinals, he too lost a five-set thriller against Denis Shapovalov, but the 20-time grand slam champion seemed incredibly fresh against Berrettini.
Due to storms in Melbourne, the roof on the Rod Laver Arena was closed, creating an atmosphere that may have favored Berrettini. Nadal raced to a two-set lead after playing the "best tennis I've played in a long time."
The Italian, known for his strength, eventually leveled the match by winning the third set, but too many errors cost the 25-year-old, and he was powerless to stop Nadal's ferocity.
"It is necessary for us to suffer and battle. That is the only way I could have gotten to where I am now. To be honest, being in the final here again means a lot to me "Nadal, who will now prepare for his career's 29th grand slam final, stated.
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