Rafa Nadal produced one of the greatest comebacks in tennis history in a five-set Australian Open men’s singles final thriller to beat Daniil Medvedev and claim his record 21st Grand Slam title on Sunday night 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5.

But it was Medvedev who broke first, jumping to a 5-2 lead before taking the first set.

Nadal then bounced back, racing to a 4-1 lead, but Medvedev broke back and was broken himself as the second set hung in the balance at 5-3 in Nadal’s favour.

Rafa Nadal celebrates as he wins a record 21st Grand Slam title. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Play was then brought to a halt by an idiot jumping from their seat onto court, to make protest.

After being removed by police play resumed and Medvedev won a thriller of tiebreak to take a two set lead.

But Nadal was not to be denied, the 35-year-old veteran dug deep got to 3-3 in third and then broke his opponent again to begin the comeback.

Medvedev was still there, but was visibly upset by the partisan crowd, cheering for Nadal. The Russian had a quick medical check from his physio before forcing the set to 3-2.

Nadal then saved two break points as in Medvedev hung on as the Spaniard took set there to force an amazing decider.

Daniil Medvedev takes a break during the marathon match. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Medvedev started the quicker but it was sNadal who led 3-2 with a brilliant forehand shot.

At 4-2 Nadal edged closer to victory but Medvedev somehow took it to 5-5, before, after an amazing five hours and 24 minutes, with clock way past midnight, Nadal served to win his 21st crown.