Rafael Nadal's extraordinary mentality summed up by picture after Australian Open win

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Rafael Nadal won his first Australian Open in 13 years to edge ahead in the all-time Grand Slam wins list – but he appears unlikely to stop there after a photo emerged that summed up his extraordinary winning mentality.

The Spaniard beat Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 to win his second Australian Open and his 21st title overall.

He had been tied on 20 titles prior to the game, level pegging with fellow stars Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer ahead of the win.

And in true Nadal style, his professionalism carried him over the line.

After the win, you would be forgiven for celebrating long and hard into the night having become the most successful player of all-time.

But after pictures were shared of Nadal exercising on the bikes for recovery just minutes after his win, many praised the star for his dedication.

“Without a doubt it is one of the most emotional wins of my career,” Nadal said after the win.

“I know it’s a tough moment – Daniil you are amazing. I have been in this position.

“I don’t have any doubt that you will have this trophy a couple of times in your career because you are amazing.

“I don’t know what to say guys. For me it is just amazing. I did not know if I would be back on the tour playing tennis again.

“You don’t know how much it means to be back here. You are amazing and thank you so much for all of your support.

“Without a doubt it is one of the most emotional [periods] of my career. To have the support I have received the last three weeks will stay in my heart. So many, many thanks.

“In the low moments you have been there every single moment in support. Without you none of this is possible so thank you very much for everything.”

Nadal will look to go two Grand Slam titles ahead as he takes to the French Open in May.

The Spanish star has won 13 titles at Roland Garros from a possible 17 since he triumphed on his debut in 2005 aged just 19.

He last won it in 2020 having beaten Djokovic in straight sets.


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