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Djokovic-Nadal: One Of The Epics?

It went for five thrilling sets, it took almost six hours and it was two warriors battling it out on the tennis court, but unfortunately only one could win and that was Novak Djokovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 over Rafa Nadal at the Australian Open final on Sunday.novak djokovic tennis win

It was truly gripping drama as Nadal came out of the blocks all guns blazing, while Djokovic looked uncomfortable and changed shirts and racquets on several occasions. Then the Serbian fought his stride and won the second and third sets.

It all looked to be going according to plan for the world number one, as he appeared destined for glory in the fourth but Nadal hung in there like a warrior with the chips down and eventually somehow won the tiebreaker.

Djokovic appeared worn down by the fourth set defeat and fatigue was getting to him so when Nadal grabbed a break in the final set it appeared over. But it wasn’t and the Serbian hit back, somehow, before prevailing 7-5 in a thrilling finale.

It was the longest ever Grand Slam final. It was truly epic. One of the greatest matches? Opinions are divided, but is was a truly incredible between two players deserving of the crown.

Djokovic said: “To come out on top after nearly six hours is incredible. A match that is the longest of all Grand Slam finals in history, it makes me want to cry, really. And I am flattered to play in front of Rod Laver and all the other past champions.”

He added: “Rafa deserved to prolong the match. I felt my body started to slow down, and both of us were giving our last drop of energy. In those moments you need some luck. In the end we were both trying to shorten the points by going for big shots.”

On the other hand, Nadal was very upbeat for a defeated finalist, especially one who has lost his past three finals.

Nadal said: “It was one of the toughest games I have ever played. But you just accept. rafa nadal tennis

“We played a great tennis match. I enjoyed being part of it. I wanted to win, but I am happy about how I did. All of 2011 I didn’t play a match like this. I was more aggressive and the passion was there. A lot of positive aspects.”

He added: “In fact, I have never felt so many positive things after a loss.”

Indeed, it was the intensity of the clash which impressed so many onlookers. Djokovic added: “I’m playing against one of the greatest players ever. The player that is so mentally strong, and he always comes up with his best game and best shots at the right moments.”

They both were mentally strong and they both did little wrong. For it go for almost six hours tested their fitness and willpower. It was truly epic.

Ben somerford
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  • Profile image 46x46 AhMed - about 6 years ago

    First off, Santoro should be happy now, since he will meet Andy Murray in the first round, and guess what? He gets to play on the Center Court, fllniay! Since this is his last year playing on the tour, he completes his dream (Hmm... His dream is not winning all majors, but to play in the Center court in all slams' singles. But I guess time is running short for him.)Top half, Quarter 1: Of all the top four seeds, Federer has the toughest draw, I think. Anyway, sd you pointed out, he needs to get pass all the potential land mines enroute to quarters. Ferrer did beat Ancic this week, but I don't think he can do it again in 5 sets. Berdych is not in form this year, so I think Ancic is a reasonable choice to meet Roger in teh quarter... quarter finals: Federe vs Ancictop half, quarter 2ojokovic's quarter: hmmm, so easy. Marat is not a threat on grass (or any surface for that matter... any more)., Ferrero is injured, Baghdatis is still trying to find the 2006 version of himself (and still MIA), Nalbadium was blown off court by Nole in Queens ... but I can't give the match to Karlovic yet when nalby and Karlovic meet in round of 16. It will be fun to see if Nalby can get rid of his beer gut within the next 10 days....Quarter finals: Nole Vs. Nalbylower half, quarter 3:Roddick may as well be the third seed! He is in Davydenko's quarter! May be not. Davydenko's never get passed first round until last year. so it depends which Davydenko shows up next Monday. he might not get passed Ljubicic, but then Ljubby is not known to do well in slams anyway... so, for that little section, I will say.... Arnaud Clemet will come out of it (okay, I have to win the office pool, so I hope this is my dark horse choice). Roddick does not have an easy. I think he has some tough competition ahead of himself... Mahut, a grass court specialist, or Tursunov, an airhead grass court specialist, will compete for the chance to meet Roddick in the 3rd round. then James Blake (If he is s


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