Novak Djokovic continued to cement his place as the World's No.1 tennis player, outlasting Rafael Nadal in a match lasting 5 hours and 53 minutes to win the 2012 Australian Open and his fourth out of the last five grand slam titles.
"Rafa, you're one of the best players ever," proclaimed Djokovic after the match, according to CNN.
The 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5 score shows just how grueling a battle it was between Djokovic and Nadal. The match was the longest final in grand slam history and the longest single match in the history of the Australian Open.
The win only makes Novak Djokovic more dominant in men's tennis. But with five total grand slams to his credit, he still has a long way to go to catch Nadal (10) and is barely even in the top-10 for most grand slams all-time. We'll see if he can keep his amazing run going.
"I will never forget this match. Even though I lost, it was something really special for me," said Nadal in defeat. Nadal was going for his 11th grand slam title, which would have tied him with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver for fourth all-time.
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