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Warner, Warne watch on as Nadal makes history

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Last updated on: January 31, 2022 00:11 IST
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The stars were out in force for the Australian Open men's singles final in Melbourne on Sunday, between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev.

In the stands was a very relaxed Aussie spin legend Shane Warne while sporting power couple Candice and David Warner appeared in great spirits on a date night.

Celebrities made their way to the Australian Open to cheer on Rafael Nadal. Take a look:

David Warner

IMAGE: David Warner and Candice Warner watch the men's singles final. Photograph: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

Shane Warne

IMAGE: Shane Warne drinks ahead of the final match between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. Photograph: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

On Saturday, World number Barty said her dream came true after she ended Australia's 44-year wait for a home winner at the Australian Open by beating American Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6(2) in the final on Saturday.

Barty staved off a fightback from Collins to pick up her third Grand Slam title, thus becoming the first Australian to win the event since Chris O'Neil captured the women's title in 1978.

Russell Crowe

IMAGE: Russell Crowe watches the women’s singles final. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Gladiator star Russell Crowe had a front row seat to cheer on Barty.

Cathy Freeman

IMAGE: Cathy Freeman, former Olympian watches. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Sydney Olympics Gold medalist Cathy Freeman donned a face mask in the crowd as she supported her fellow female sports star.

Ian Thorpe

IMAGE: Ian Thorpe, former Olympic swimmer looks on. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

39-year old legendary Australian Swimmer, Ian Thorpe cheered on Barty from the crowd at Rod Laver Arena.

Dannii Minogue

IMAGE: Dannii Minogue with her son Ethan.Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Fashion and entertainment icon Dannii Minogue and her son Ethan cheered on Barty from the stands at Rod Laver Arena

Former Australian cricketer Steve Waugh watches the Australian Open semi-final between Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece at Melbourne Park on Friday

IMAGE: Former Australian cricketer Steve Waugh watches the Australian Open semi-final between Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece at Melbourne Park on Friday. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Mental disintegration was his way of steamrolling opposition teams in his glory days as Australia's cricket captain. So, when Steve Waugh was spotted at the Australian Open semi-final between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday, we wonder what he thought of Medvedev's thrilling win over the Greek to book a spot in the final against Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

 

Waugh was seen watching intensely while Russian Medvedev came back from a set down to claw back into the contest and down Tsitsipas 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach his second successive Melbourne Park final.

Waugh was also spotted at the women's semi-final where compatriot Ashleigh Barty beat USA's Madison Keys on Thursday, to make the final. 

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