Rafael Nadal Won Record 21st Career Grand Slam While Wearing $1 Million Richard Mille Watch
Rafa won his 21st career Grand Slam, breaking a tie he previously held with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for the most in men’s title history.
After injuries prevented him from playing at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Olympics in 2021, tennis fans wondered if Rafael Nadal would ever win another Grand Slam title.
But Nadal, 35, made history in Sunday’s Australian Open final by pulling off a thrilling comeback to beat Daniil Medvedev in five sets to win his 21st career Grand Slam, breaking a tie he previously held with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for the most in men’s title history.
After shaking hands with Medvedev and the chair umpire, Nadal punted a tennis ball toward the crowd and let out a few emphatic cheers before dropping to his knees and pointing skyward in celebration. Watch the historic celebratory video below.
In addition to his 13 French Open championships, Nadal has won the U.S. Open four times and at Wimbledon twice.
Nadal was also wearing a $1 million Richard Mille RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal custom watch that had been on his wrist throughout the tournament, reports Hypebeast.
The watch – the latest in a series of nine Richard Mille watches to bear Rafael Nadal’s name – was introduced in 2020 as a 50-piece limited edition with a price tag of $1,050,000 USD, although it has appreciated significantly since then. It features a grade 5 titanium tourbillon movement held in place by a single 0.27mm steel cable, woven into a net to mimic the structure of a tennis racket.
Don’t be surprised if you see Rafa celebrating on his 80-foot power yacht sometime soon.