Sporting Life

Australian Open: On an insane sporting night, a Spanish lesson in the impossible

Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final to win his 21st Grand Slam singles title. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the men's singles final at the Australian Open on Jan 31, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with his father Sebastian Nadal after winning the final against Russia's Daniil Medvedev. PHOTO: REUTERS
Rafael Nadal's victory was an act of exhausting, intense, emotional resistance from a player who has come to define athletic struggle. PHOTO: AFP
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MELBOURNE - "Ce n'est pas possible!"

Seventeen years ago on another Sunday a group of French fans at Roland Garros understood what we all eventually have. They were watching a teenager in a green top and white pirate pants play with the implacability of a Navy SEAL in the 2005 French Open final. Points that seemed dead were revived because balls too far were somehow reached. It's when the fans shouted the words which The New York Times reported.

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