Rafael Nadal is Australian Open Champion
Rafael Nadal wins the Australian Open. Its an epic match (7-5 3-6 7-6 7-3 3-6 6-2) against Federer. His win denies Federer a record-tying 14th Grand Slam tennis title and become the first player to secure majors on three surfaces. On the red clay of Roland Garros, on the green grass of the All England Club last season, and now on the blue hard of Melbourne Park. Three surfaces, three different colours, and the same winner!
“It is very special for me. It’s a dream win, one Grand Slam on a hard court,” said Nadal.
“I’ve worked very hard all my life to improve my tennis outside of clay. I’m very happy, very happy to win the title.”
Nadal is the first man to claim a Grand Slam victory with five-set wins in both the semis and the final. He is also the first Spaniard to take the Australian Open title. The only major title that is not in his possession at the moment is the US Open.
It was what drives him, a motivation evident in every point of the five-set triumph over Roger Federer that made him the first Spaniard to win the Australian Open, he said.
“I love the competition, not only in tennis, but I love the competition in all aspects of life,” Nadal said. “When I compete I love to be there and fight always. Maybe I like more to fight for a win than to win.”