The Final Matches of the Australian Open

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The Australian Open has been an ongoing event for over 100 years, as the first tournament for men took place in 1905, and the first tournament for women took place in 1922. Thirty-three hard courts and six clay courts make up the 39 courts at Melbourne Park, which is the site of the Australian Open. Many of the best tennis players in the world face off against each other for one of the four tennis majors. 

 

Sixth-ranked Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, came out on top in the Men’s singles Australian Open Finals, being able to get through the hard path he left behind him, winning his 21st career major, which is the most in professional tennis history. He breezed through the first four rounds of the tournament, facing three unranked opponents, dropping only one set out of the 13 total. Meanwhile, the other Australian Open finalist, second Russian Daniil Medvedev, started his tournament with only two dropped sets against four unranked opponents on the other side of the bracket. 

 

He faced his first top-15 player in the quarter-final round, 14th ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Nadal was able to win the first two sets, 6-3 and 6-4. Shapovalov fought back, taking the next two sets 6-4 and 6-3, setting up one final set to decide who moved on to the final four players of the tournament. In the final set, Nadal came out on top, winning 6-3. He moved on to the semi-finals, set to face Italian Matteo Berrettini. Against Berrettini, Nadal won the first two sets, winning 6-3 and 6-2. Berretini was able to win his first and final set in the match, 6-3, to cut Nadal’s advantage to only 2-1. Nadal easily won the next set 6-3, setting himself up in the final. 

 

For Medvedev, his quarter-final match was against Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime. The Canadian was able to win the first two sets, 7-6 and 6-3. With a lot of pressure on Medvedev, he barely came through, winning 7-6, 7-5, and 6-4. Avoiding a certain upset, Daniil Medvedev moved on to the semi-final against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. Medvedev won the first set 7-6, but Tsitsipas was able to come out with the second set 6-4. The Russian won the next two sets, 6-4 and 6-1. This set up #2 Daniil Medvedev and #6 Rafael Nadal to face off in the final match.

In the final, Medvedev easily took the first set 6-2, taking the lead 1 set to 0. In the second set, Medvedev won the tiebreak 7-5, winning the set 7-6. He extended his lead to 2 sets to 0, and only needed one more set to win his second grand slam. Nadal stormed back into the match, winning two straight sets 6-4 and 6-4. In the final set of the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal won 7-5, to claim his 21st grand slam of his career, an all-time record.