Rafael Nadal makes history winning 21st Grand Slam

Rafael Nadal defeated Daniil Medvedev in a five-set thriller to win the Australian Open men's singles final.

Backed by a loud Melbourne crowd, sixth seed Nadal rallied to win 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-4 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena.

Medvedev, 25, was in command before Nadal showed all of his renowned grit and fight to earn an extraordinary win

Nadal has moved one ahead of his great rivals-Djokovic and Federer in the race to finish with most major men's singles titles

It is the left-hander's second Australian Open title and comes 13 years after his only previous success

It was the second longest Grand Slam final in history, just 30 minutes short of the 2012 final when Nadal lost to Djokovic.

"Without a doubt it is one of the most emotional wins of my career," Nadal, said after the trophy presentation.