Rafael Nadal news: Spaniard through to the Australian Open final

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is through to the Australian Open final after an intensive showdown with Matteo Berrettini in four sets at Melbourne Park on Friday.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner booked his spot for the Sunday showdown following a 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory at the semi-finals at Rod Laver Arena.

It was easy for Nadal as he won the first two sets against the Italian who was aiming to outshined the Spaniard.

The stark statistic confronting Berrettini was that Nadal had never lost in his 20 Grand Slam semi-finals after leading by two sets.

The 35-year-old who did not have it easy in his career through injuries is one match away from his 21 Grand Slam title, he will be the only one ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer who are also locked on 20 Grand Slams.

“For me, it’s all about the Australian Open more than anything, it’s an amazing event. As I said in the past couple of days I have been unlucky in my career with some injuries,” Nadal said in the court interview after the match.

“I played amazing good finals in my career against Novak [Djokvic] in 2012 and against Roger [Federer] in 2017. I was close a couple of times and I was very lucky to win it once in my career in 2009, I never thought I still have another chance in 2022.

“I started the match playing great, the first two sets were one my best for a long time and I knew Matteo was a very solid player, very dangerous and I knew at some point in the third set he was going to go for his shots,” Nadal said.

“It means a lot to me to be in the final again here,” added Nadal who is now unbeaten in 10 matches to start the 2022 season after winning a warm-up event in Melbourne.