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ATP – Novak Djokovic defeats Rafa Nadal for Australian Open Title

by on Jan.31, 2012, under Sports News, Tennis

I believe that the word epic is used a little too often by sport writers and commentators. On very few occasions is the match, the game, or a given performance really worthy of such an adjective. Novak Djokovic defending his Australian Open Championship on Sunday against Rafael Nadal put on one heck of a matchup, that extended for little under 6 hours of the finest Tennis that we have seen in decades. They put everything they had into this game. Keeping nothing to themselves, Nadal and Djokovic put on one of the finest matchups for the 15,000 fans at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, who cheered from the moment both players began the warm-up until Djokovic received his trophy.

It took Novak Djokovic 5 hours and 53 minutes to outlast Rafa Nadal in what can certainly be called an epic game. The No. 1 ranked player in the world took a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 victory over Rafael Nadal in what has been the longest championship match in a Grand Slam since the Open Era began in 1968. This was a very tough game. Djokovic had to overcome a break in the fifth set, but he managed to win his 5th Grand Slam title and make it into the elite list of players who have managed to win 3 consecutive Grand Slams, a list that includes the likes of Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Rod Laver, who was among the 15,000 fans himself watching the Final of the Australian Open.

So, perhaps what we should note here is that the two of them have made it to all the Grand Slam finals played since the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, and each time it has been Djokovic the one in charge of making the best out of each matchup. Now, Novak has only one Grand Slam pedding in his wish list: the evasive Roland Garros. Many are already expecting to see these two players make it into the final of the French Open in May. Nadal has been a very strong player on clay, as a matter of fact he is dubbed the King of Clay, but last year, Djokovic won the majority of the clay-court tournaments but what ousted by Roger Federer in the semis. If both could make it to the final, it would be perhaps an even more competitive match than this one.

This match was really about holding off the pain. “I think it was just the matter of maybe luck in some moments and matter of wanting this more than maybe other player in the certain point,” Djokovic said in the postgame interview. “It’s just incredible effort. You’re in pain, you’re suffer(ing). You’re trying to activate your legs. You’re going through so much suffering your toes are bleeding. Everything is just outrageous, but you’re still enjoying that pain.”

This was a demanding game. Particularly for the Djoker who had to play for almost five hours to leave Andy Murray behind in the semifinals. RAfa Nadal didn’t have it easy either. He really had to go into overdrive mode to defeat Roger Federer, but despite the difficult matches in the semis, these two really put on an epic show in the Australian Open Final.

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