Australian Open 2022 Final: Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev

Nadal or Med?


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mike danny

Bionic Poster
The final we were all hoping to get. Rematch of their USO F from 2019.

There is something at stake for both of these guys: if Med wins he becomes the first player to win his first 2 slams back to back in the Open Era, while Nadal will finally win the DCGS.

Something's gotta give on Sunday, that's for sure. This is now or never for Nadal. He's not gonna get a better chance than this.

Who's your pick?
 

aldeayeah

G.O.A.T.
Nadal must go 2-0 up if he wants to win this. If he drops one out of two opening sets - his chances will be slim.
I could see him winning after going 1-1. It's a big final, no reason to leave anything in the tank. 0-2 means he's toast unless Med breaks a leg.
He gave Nadal a USO and Djokovic an AO, time for Med to take that back. ;)
Med will truly be the great equalizer if he pulls it off!
 

Kralingen

G.O.A.T.
Nadal will win #21 if he plays his best. Medvedev doesn’t really have an answer to his variety especially if Rafa is aggressive coming to net.

On the other hand Daniil can do just enough servebotting and long rallying to frustrate and tire out Nadal.

Rafa in 4. I feel like this is just destiny for him.
 

aldeayeah

G.O.A.T.
Nadal will win #21 if he plays his best. Medvedev doesn’t really have an answer to his variety especially if Rafa is aggressive coming to net.

On the other hand Daniil can do just enough servebotting and long rallying to frustrate and tire out Nadal.

Rafa in 4. I feel like this is just destiny for him.
Hope you're right! Med's pedigree is undeniable with his 3 HC slam finals in a row. He'll be a tough cookie. Not expecting a mental collapse.
 
I’d love to see meddy do it to save Novak here. He seems on a mission. He mentioned Djoko a few times. Meddy taking that new Djokovic role.

I think Rafa can win it though and might find a way. Meddy is the right one to take him on. He’s got edge, better BH and good movement.

It will be a cracker but can meddy save Djokovic? That being said I feel nadal may win in 5. Looking forward to it though
 
Nadal has been pretty comfortable by taking the first 2 sets in all of his matches, with clear signs of dropping level 3rd set onwards. Key for him will be to win the first 2 sets. He has to expose Medvedev's deep return position.

Medvedev has to win one of the first 2 sets for sure, preferably the first. That'll put Nadal under immense pressure. Key for him will be to return as many of his serves as possible and making it a grindfest, tire out Nadal.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Deja vu all over again USO’19, Berry vs Nad followed by Cad vs Nad:


Here’s a trio of deja vu all over again finals: fedr denied #21 by Joe Kovic at Wimby’19, Joe Kovic denied #21 at USO’21 and Nadal denied #21 at AO’22 by denier-in-chief Thin Man villain Medvedev.

Daniil in 4
 

lrdrdy

Rookie
Med got better and better on his passing shots as the match went on, dont think Rafa can S&V his way through, if he throws in DFs like he has I dont see how Med doesnt get more breaks.
 
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