Rafael Nadal advanced to his sixth Australian Open final and 29th Grand Slam final on Friday with a semi-final victory over Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini.
He is currently one win away from setting a new record with his 21st Grand Slam championship. In the men's singles semi-final, the 35-year-old Rafel Nadal defeated the 7th seed, Matteo Berrettini, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in 2 hours and 56 minutes.
Rafael Nadal will face the winner of Sunday's second semi-final between second seed Daniil Medvedev and fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at Melbourne Park.
After winning the semi-final, Nadel stated, "I was lucky to win once in 2009, but I never thought about another chance in 2022. Just enjoy the victory today and, after that, try my best. "
Fans on social media were ecstatic that one of the greatest tennis players in history was just one win away from making history.
Rafael Nadal reached his 29th Career grand slam final, 6th at the #AusOpen— Ayesha 🏴 (@JoeRoot66Fan) January 28, 2022
He is just 1 win away from epic 21st major title. After 2009, he's again so close to win his 2nd #AustralianOpen title. Tennis at its best, courtesy of #RafaNadal congrats & goodluck rafa👑💙#AO2022 pic.twitter.com/OT7BhidyBW