Nadal on the Doorstep of History Seeking a 21st Major Title
Medvedev Seeks to Win Second Major Immediately After his First
Women’s Doubles Championship Exclusive to ESPN+ at 11 p.m. ET
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The Australian Open Men’s Championship will be decided late tonight live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ when No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia meets Spaniard No. 6 Rafael Nadal, seeking to break the tie and take the lead in all-time Majors won by a man with 21, at 3:30 a.m. ET.
Medvedev, who put an end to Novak Djokovic’s dream of a calendar year Grand Slam and a 21st career Major title at the US Open Final last September, is hoping to do the same to Nadal who also has 20 Grand Slam-level titles. At 25 and 6’6” tall, he is aiming to be the first man in the Open Era to win his second Major title immediately after his first.
Nadal, 35, one of the sport’s all-time greats, seeks sole ownership of the record for most Majors won by a man, currently shared at 20 with Djokovic and Roger Federer. The lefty has only won the Australian Open once, and that was 13 years ago. But he reached four finals since then and appears in top form. Nadal has won three of their four matches played, including the 2019 US Open Championship, but Medvedev took their most recent meeting, in the semifinals of the 2020 ATP Finals.
Chris Fowler will call the match with the McEnroe brothers – John and Patrick – in the booth with Darren Cahill reporting courtside. Chris McKendry will host the telecast with Brad Gilbert.
Women’s Doubles Championship Tonight on ESPN+
Before the men’s championship, ESPN+ will offer the Women’s Doubles Championship at 11 p.m.
2022 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
(All times ET, and each day “begins” at 6 a.m. ET. Therefore, the listing Sat., Jan. 29, at 3:30 a.m. ET is actually very late on Saturday night.)
|Sat, Jan 29||11 p.m. – 1 a.m.||ESPN+||Women’s Doubles Championship||(1) Barbora Krejcikova [CZE] & Katerina Siniakova [CZE]
vs. Anna Danilina [KAZ] & Beatriz Haddad Maia [BRA]
|3 – 3:30 a.m.||ESPN Deportes||Men’s Championship Pre-Show|
|3:30 – 6:30 a.m.
|Men’s Championship||(2) Daniil Medvedev [RUS] vs. (6) Rafael Nadal [ESP]|
|3:30 – 7:30 a.m.||ESPN Deportes|
|Sun, Jan 30||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||ESPN2*|
|6 – 10 p.m.||ESPN2*|
* – Encore or taped