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Nadal turns back the clock to cap a golden Grand Slam career

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Nadal turns back the clock to cap a golden Grand Slam career

Winning the Oz Open puts Rafa Nadal one clear of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the all-time Grand Slam list

IAN RANSOM

Rafa Nadal edged Daniil Medvedev in a classic Australian Open final on Sunday, roaring back from two sets down to claim a record 21st Grand Slam title only months after fearing his glorious career might be over due to injury.

With Novak Djokovic forced out by deportation and Roger Federer recovering from knee surgery, the Spanish great is now one Major title clear of his “Big Three” rivals after surviving the 2-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 7-5 thriller at Rod Laver Arena.

Riding a wave of raucous support from the crowd, a vintage Nadal pulled off one of his finest performances to deny Medvedev again, less than three years after leaving the Russian heartbroken in five sets at the 2019 US Open final...

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