Djokovic edges Nadal in 6 hour stunner
Posted on 5:30pm Sunday 29th Jan 2012
Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic has beaten Rafael Nadal to retain his Australian Open title in the longest grand slam final of all time. The pair played for five hours and 53 minutes, smashing the previous record held by Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander at the 1988 US open of four hours and 54 minutes.
Djokovic is now only the fifth man to win three successive grand slam titles, following his victories at Wimbledon and the US open last year. The Serbian came back from behind numerous times in the match, including a 3-2 first set deficit, where he threw his racquet down in frustration. Nadal is a renowned fighter and continually started sets with renewed resolve, making Djokovic’s feat even more incredible.
One has to wonder how a professional tennis player can last playing for this long, and it is without doubt that they must’ve felt great fatigue despite all their training. At least they had a little break when rain arrived while the roof on Rod Laver Arena was closed.
The game will surely go down as a classic in not only the world of tennis, but the wider sporting world as well.