Rafa Nadal has, once again, managed to defy the odds in his career after making a sensational return from various physical setbacks to feature at the Australian Open, where he has now made it to the final.
The Spaniard defeated Matteo Berrettini in the semi finals and will now have a chance to win the Australian title for a sixth time in a glittering career.
Within a period of seven months, the tennis star has gone from questioning his future in the sport to reaching his 29th Grand Slam final, within reach of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer who have managed 31.
“A month and a half ago I didn’t know if I would return to the circuit and here I am,” he said.
“There were days when I could only train 20 minutes and others none at all. I am surprised to be in the final.
“I feel alive again in my tennis career. Yes, it is true that I’ve worked a lot in the gym.
“I’ve had a lot of conversations with my family, with the possibility of saying goodbye,” he admitted.
After an injury ravaged year, the Mallorcan was contemplating whether he would even be able to feature in Australia, but bit by bit he has conquered every opponent in his path and few would now bet against him lifting the trophy.