30 Jan 2012

Novak Djokovic defeats Rafael Nadal in a grueling match

I like to think of myself as a pretty fit guy. But 6 hours of tennis? Damn those guys are athletes. Djokovic was ruled champion at the Australian Open in the longest Grand Slam singles final ever – 5 hours and 53 minutes of racing back and forth. The match went until 1:37 in the morning as Djokovic took the title winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5) 7-5.

The game started out a little sloppy, with mistakes on both sides, but after the first set the two found their rhythm and we’ve seen some of the best tennis out there. As the exhaustion and fatigue started to take their toll, both players had a few double fault errors on the service but there were still a lot more amazing winning shots than mistakes that scored points.

Nadal is known for outlasting players in long, drawn out games, but it was Djokovic who managed to stay in to win the title. The win means that Djokovic is part of an exclusive club – one of only 3 men who have one 3 Grand Slam finals in a row. Nadal was already part of the club and Federer as well.

Can you imagine playing your heart out for 6 hours? My legs hurt like a bitch after an hour run. The two made history, but there could only be one champion- and Djokovic earned it.