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The final will be the most physical match of the Australian Open for Nadal – Eye of the Coach #44

In the latest episode of “The Eye of the Coach”, Patrick Mouratoglou explains that the confrontation between Nadal and Medvedev in the final of the 2022 Australian Open will be very physical

January 29, 2022
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The 2022 edition of the Australian Open will end with a superb firework display in the men’s draw. A final between world No 2 Daniil Medvedev and the man with 20 Grand Slam titles, Rafael Nadal, who defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini respectively to reach the final in Melbourne.

The clash between the Russian and the Spaniard has historic stakes. If he wins, Medvedev would become the first man in the Open Era to win back-to-back his first two majors. Nadal, on the other hand, could win his 21st Grand Slam to become the only player on that particular tally ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer (20 each).

The Majorcan can also become only the second player, after Djokovic, to win every Grand Slam title at least twice. The clash between Medvedev and Nadal promises to be spectacular and very intense, just like their final at the US Open in 2019, which lasted four hours and 51 minutes.

In the latest episode of “The Eye of the Coach”, Patrick Mouratoglou explains that he is expecting a physical battle between the two men, who love long rallies in the exchange.

Key moments of ‘The Eye of the Coach’ with Patrick Mouratoglou

  • The 2022 Australian Open was not easy for Daniil Medvedev, who was the favourite for the first time in his Grand Slam career (0.12)
  • The Russian’s fighting spirit and mental toughness allowed him to reach the final without playing his best tennis (0.31)
  • Rafael Nadal is not in top physical shape but, as always, he managed to find a way to compensate for this by being very aggressive (1.00)
  • Patrick Mouratoglou has never seen Nadal lose a match due to fatigue, these last few matches have proved that (1.20)
  • The final will be long and tiring, Nadal will have to shorten the exchanges and not hesitate to go to the net (2.00)
  • Rafael Nadal knows he has a unique opportunity to win his 21st Grand Slam title and make his mark on the G.O.A.T. race (2.50)
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