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Australian Open 2012 Men's Final.

Updated on January 30, 2012
Nadal & Djokovic embrace after five hours and fifty two minutes of fierce Tennis
Nadal & Djokovic embrace after five hours and fifty two minutes of fierce Tennis | Source
Dijokovc raises the Cup after victory over Nadal
Dijokovc raises the Cup after victory over Nadal | Source

In an early Tweet before the Final of the Australian Men's Singles Tennis Open I Tweeted that I expected to sit down to watch a Tennis Match that would go for four hours. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect any match including this one to go five hours and fifty two minutes. Making it the longest and toughest fought tennis match ever.

Greatest Match to date

The Final of the Australian Tennis Open held at Rod Laver Arena Melbourne last night I can safely say will go down as the greatest game of Tennis ever. Two outstanding opponents Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal played a game that broke all records both in time and intensity in the Modern Open era of Tennis. Nadal won the first set but Djokovic quickly broke back and made a comeback in the second set and dominated the next set. It looked like it would be over in four set but Nadal made a comeback by beating Djokovic outright in the tie-breaker. The final set was a see-sawing swinging between one player and the other. At many stages both players convinced the enraptured crowd that each player had the mettle on the other. The game went on and has been said they pummeled each other into submission with agressive court play. There were many long rallies including one that went for 31 shots. It was a warm and very humid night, 33 degrees centigrade. Both players needed to wipe off sweat every point with the legendary signature Melbourne Open Towels. Again and again both players could have won the match. At one point in the final set Djokovic looked like he was going to go out for the count after one pummeling point . He laid down and it was clear hw was not foxing but was completely exhausted by the encounter. Unfortunately for Nadal he got up and fought back to win the match.


"We made history tonight, unfortunately there couldn't be two winners'' Novac Djokovic said on beating Rafael Nadal in The Australian Open final. This was the quote that Novac Djokovic made on his acceptance speech minutes after the game which lasted five hours and fifty three minutes.

About half way through the match the roof had to be fully closed as it rained for the first time in the two week tournament. It was said that the God's had opened the heavens for this match!


Rod Laver Arena Melbourne

Djokovic beat Nadal in 5hrs and 53min - 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (7-5) 7-5


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Definitely a match for the Ages! Great photos and article.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Indeed I have been watching televised Tennis since 1970 and this was indeed the best game ever.

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      Connie Smith 

      6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      This match wore me out just watching it! Both players are so amazingly gifted that I wasn't sure which one I wanted to win. Good hub, well written. Voted Up and Awesome!


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