Rafael Nadal Australian Open 2022

‘Absolutely nothing has changed’ – Rafael Nadal reveals life is no different after 21st Slam title

Rafael Nadal has shared that “nothing has changed” and that “life is exactly the same” after winning a record 21st Grand Slam title.

Spanish great Nadal stormed to the Australian Open title to beat both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to a record-breaking 21st Major.

This was made all the more remarkable considering Nadal had been side-lined for the past five months after he suffered a foot injury in August.

This was then compounded further when he contracted Covid-19 at the start of January which only further hampered his preparations.

Despite enduring such a challenging few months, Nadal went on to win the Melbourne Summer Set and the ‘Happy Slam.’ This means he is currently unbeaten for the year and boasts a record of 10-0.

Nadal will feature at the Mexican Open this week as he looks to extend his unbeaten run. Although, he could potentially face US Open champion Daniil Medvedev in what would be a replay of the monumental Australian Open final.

Speaking ahead of his first match against Denis Kudla, Nadal said “absolutely nothing has changed having 21 Slams, I won’t lie to you.

“From 20 to 21 there is not a very large difference. Life goes on exactly the same. The only thing that has changed is that now I play tennis, which a few months ago I couldn’t.

“I am very happy for everything that happened in Australia, it was very unexpected, especially before the tournament started.

“In my life, nothing has changed. No title is going to change what is important in my life, which are other things.

“Already, at 35 years old, I have a lot of experiences behind me, of successes and bad moments and these sensations already help me to live in a more calm and different way.”

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