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2012 Australian Open Final: Djokovic Outlasts Nadal in 5-Set-Thri​ller

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Novak Djokovic (pictured above) remains the unquestioned top player in tennis with his 3rd straight Grand Slam title. This one was perhaps the most thrilling of them all.

By Wesley Kaminsky

5 hours,and 53 minutes. That was the time of the 2012 Australian Open Championship. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal squared off for the third straight time in a Grand Slam Final, with Djokovic winning all three. This one though, was the best of them all. It took nearly six hours, but Djokovic got past Nadal with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 victory. It was the longest final in the open era and one of the greatest matches in the history of the game. It’s right up there with that epic Federer-Nadal Wimbledon final from 2008.

In this first set, Djokovic came out a little flat, losing it 7-5. It didn’t take long for ‘Nole to get his mojo going though. Continue reading