In the landscape of the all-time best debate, this is a monumental final, but for Nadal it’s simply gratitude to be back in the Melbourne finale.
“It’s a present, just be here and play tennis. I am taking now the things a little bit in a different way. Of course always with competitive spirit that I have, because I can't go against that,” admitted the world No.5, champion at Melbourne Park back in 2009.
“To have the chance to compete at this level, it's a positive energy for me to keep going, and being very honest, for me is much more important to have the chance to play tennis than win the 21. That makes me more happy in terms of general life.”
The tears were flowing at the end of his pulsating performance on Friday night, exemplifying the effort the Spaniard has put in to return to the peak of his powers.