Rafael Nadal has won a record 21 Grand Slam singles titles to move ahead of his rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

In the final of the Australian Open, he played against Russian Daniil Medvedev. At times looked like Nadal was going to lose, but in the end, after more than 5 hours, he won.

Rob and Roy discuss this news story and teach you some related vocabulary so you can talk about it too.

Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:33 – Story
1:41 – Headline 1: Emotional Nadal finds the fire for his greatest comeback
5:05 – Headline 2: ‘A final of Herculean proportions’ – reaction to Rafael Nadal’s epic Australian Open triumph
8:02 – Headline 3: Rafa Nadal has taken giant step towards GOAT status as Djokovic and Federer watch on
10:25 – Language summary


winning after being in a losing position

  • The chess player looked like she was going to lose, but won three rounds in an amazing comeback.
  • The footballer’s comeback from injury wasn’t great as he was obviously still unfit.

requiring great effort; epic

  • The athlete made a Herculean effort to win the race.
  • The rescue effort to save the family from the fire was Herculean.

greatest of all time

  • The player who scored three goals in the final will be forever known as GOAT.
  • That new film is good – but I don’t agree when you called it the GOAT.

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