Nadal

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns to Matteo Berrettini of Italy in their semi final match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, in Melbourne, Australia, 28 January 2022. Photo: DEAN LEWINS/EPA

Medvedev vs Nadal: The facts and figures ahead of Aussie Open final

Here we look at all the facts and figures ahead of Sunday’s Australian Open men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev.

Nadal

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns to Matteo Berrettini of Italy in their semi final match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, in Melbourne, Australia, 28 January 2022. Photo: DEAN LEWINS/EPA

Here we look at all the facts and figures ahead of Sunday’s Australian Open men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev.

Nadal is chasing a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam while Medvedev is closing in on the world number one ranking.

Rafael Nadal (ESP x6) v Daniil Medvedev (RUS x2)

Head-to-head: Nadal leads 3-1

Fast facts

Rafael Nadal

Age: 35

World ranking: 5

Prize money: $125,050,235

Career titles: 89

Grand Slam titles: 20 (French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020); Wimbledon (2008, 2010); US Open (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019) Australian Open (2009)

Australian Open best: Winner (2009) 

Coaches: Carlos Moya, Francisco Roig, Marc Lopez

Nadal is tied with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer for most Grand Slam titles (20). 

He has been ranked in the top 10 for a record 849 consecutive weeks (2005-21), including 209 total weeks as number one and 160 straight weeks as number two.

Nadal’s Grand Slam match win-loss record stands at 297-41, heading into the 2022 final, and his Australian Open record is 75-15. 

He is unbeaten so far this season at 10-0 and playing in his sixth Australian Open final and 21st in Grand Slams.

Nadal is coming off a curtailed 2021 season caused by a chronic foot injury followed by a bout of Covid-19 in December.

Path to the final:

1st rd: bt Marcos Giron (USA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

2nd rd: bt Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

3rd rd: bt Karen Khachanov (RUS x28) 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

4th rd: bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 7-6 (16/14) 6-2, 6-2

Quarter-final: bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN x14) 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3

Semi-final: bt Matteo Berrettini (ITA x7) 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Daniil Medvedev

Age: 25

World ranking: 2

Prize money: $22,126,356

Career titles: 13

Grand Slam titles: 1 (US Open 2021)

Australian Open best: Final (2021, 2022)

Coach: Gilles Cervara

Medvedev is making his fourth Slam final appearance and second straight Australian Open final appearance.

After falling to number two Rafael Nadal in the 2019 US Open final and number one Novak Djokovic in the 2021 Australian Open final, Medvedev denied Djokovic a calendar Grand Slam by beating him in the 2021 US Open final.

He defeated number one Djokovic, number two Nadal and number three Dominic Thiem at the 2020 ATP Finals to become the first player to sweep the top three in tournament history. 

Medvedev led the ATP Tour with 63 wins and achieved career-high number two in 2021.

Path to the final:

1st rd: bt Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)

2nd rd: bt Nick Krygios (AUS) 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 

3rd rd: bt Botic van de Zandschulp (NED) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

4th rd: bt Maxime Cressy (usa) 6-2, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (4/7), 7-5

Quarter-final: bt Fleix Auger-Aliassime (CAN x9) 6-7 (4/7), 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-5, 6-4 

Semi-final: bt Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x4) 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

Additional reporting from AFP.