Former and current cricketers have showered praise on Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard won the men’s singles title at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Sunday.
Nadal defeated Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in a five-set thriller to clinch the historic 21st men’s singles Grand Slam, surpassing Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the process.
The marathon duel had everyone on the edge of their seats, with Nadal winning 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
Soon after Nadal’s record-breaking win, wishes poured in on Twitter congratulating the World no 6. Proteas legend AB de Villers to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, all hailed Nadal’s tenacity in his fighting win.
Here are a few reactions:
Rafa always shows us what Sport is all about. Respect for his opponent and the game, incredible fight till the end, and humility irrespective of his achievements. Legend
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) January 30, 2022
That is absolutely magnificent. Stunning to say the least.
From 2 sets down to come back and win your 21st Grand Slam is incredible.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 30, 2022
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 30, 2022
What a match and what a man 👏
It looked like a straight set blowout the way Medvedev was playing.
But champions never give up ‼️
One of his best comebacks ever
— DK (@DineshKarthik) January 30, 2022
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) January 30, 2022
It isn't over until it's over.
From 2 sets down, to comeback and win in Grand style is a monumental effort. Congratulations #RafaelNadal on a record 21st Grand Slam and for winning the #AustralianOpen in great fashion. pic.twitter.com/vz7yuV70Hl
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 30, 2022
Such Tenacity as usual from the great man Rafa!👏👏 #AO2022
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) January 30, 2022
Resilience, Committment, Courage and Ageless. You defined and scripted it all at Melbourne Park this morning. You @RafaelNadal are a warrior and a half. 21 you biscuit. Go well champ. @AustralianOpen #RafaNadal pic.twitter.com/wPhUvEVZf1
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 31, 2022
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) January 30, 2022
No 21 for the king 👑 @RafaelNadal
What a legend!!
— Hanuma vihari (@Hanumavihari) January 30, 2022
More than the feat of 21st Grand slam which is the most by anyone in men’s history , this is truly a stunning comeback by #Nadal in this match who is a superman!#AustralianOpen2022 #AustralianOpen #NadalvsMedvedev #NadalMedvedev pic.twitter.com/5DbQF1CnRj
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) January 30, 2022
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 30, 2022