McEnroe: “Things suddenly fell into place for Rafa, who must be the most humble, stylish champion of almost any athlete I have ever seen in any sport. It is well deserved for a guy to do it like Rafa Nadal, you can see how much it meant to him to get to the finals again. ”
Becker: “What a legend of our sport. Two months ago it was uncertain whether he would be able to continue playing at all after his serious ankle surgery – and then he came to Australia and played his best tennis. I do not think Nadal thought of his 21st Grand Slam title before the semi-final. He is more relaxed about it than Novak Djokovic.
“He says, ‘I’m glad I can still play tennis and that I’m in the final in Australia. But that will change now. Rafa has two nights before the final and he will think of the 21st. However, Rafa is an absolute superstar and will be able to handle it. ”
With 20 Grand Slam titles on his roster, Nadal is an obvious role model for Berrettini in his quest for further success. “Just look at the numbers,” said Berrettini, 2021 Wimbledon finalist. “I do not know how many semi-finals Rafa has played, but I know he has more experience in this.
“We talked a bit in the dressing room. He told me it was a great run, and I said to him again, bravo. It’s just nice for me to talk to him and have this kind of conversation, because I’m still learning from him, and that’s good. ”
Rafa cried in his hand and tried to hide it. You could see how much it meant to him. We heard him say, “I was not sure if I could play tennis again.” You could see it flowing out of him. I love the game he played.
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