Rafael Nadal came out on top against Matteo Berrettini in today’s Australian Open semi-final.
The Spaniard will face Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final, after the Russian second seed beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the other semi.
Medvedev is favourite to win the tournament and is aiming for his second successive Grand Slam title after winning the US Open in September.
The 25-year-old lost out to Novak Djokovic in last year’s finale and will be hoping to redeem himself in Melbourne this weekend.
Despite being out of favour against Medvedev, Nadal’s Grand Slam record is exceptional.
Has Rafael Nadal won the Australian Open before?
Rafael Nadal has one the Australian Open once - in 2009.
The Spaniard defeated Roger Federer in the final 7-5 3-6 7-6, 3-6 6-2.
Nadal has won less Australian Open titles than any other Grand Slam.
How many Australian Open finals has Rafael Nadal reached?
Nadal’s 2009 victory over Federer was his first Australian Open final.
He reached another four finals over the next ten years but failed to claim the title in any of them.
He suffered another finale defeat to Federer in 2017, two losses to Novak Djokovic in 2012 and 2019 and also lost out to Stan Wawrinka in 2014.
Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam titles
If Nadal is to beat Medvedev this weekend then it will be a record 21st Grand Slam singles title for him.
The Spaniard has currently won 20 and is level with Federer and Djokovic, meaning he will overtake the duo with victory in Melbourne.
Other than his Australian Open title, Nadal has won 13 French Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and four US Open titles.
Nadal has appeared in 28 Grand Slam finals in total which is third to Federer and Djokovic, who have both featured in 31 finals.
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