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2012 Australian Open – Men's Singles final

2012 Australian Open Men's Final
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Rafael Nadal (2)
Set 1 2 3 4 5
Novak Djokovic 5 6 6 65 7
Rafael Nadal 7 4 2 77 5
Date Sunday, 29 January 2012
Tournament Australian Open
Location Melbourne

The 2012 Australian Open Men's Singles final was the championship tennis match of the Men's Singles tournament at the 2012 Australian Open. In the final, Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5 to win the match. It was the Grand Slam final match with the longest duration in history, lasting 5 hours 53 minutes, overtaking the record previously set by the 2008 Wimbledon final. The match is considered to be one of the greatest matches in tennis history. With no weather stoppages occurring, and both players playing at the peaks of their careers, the match is memorable for the war of attrition and the impeccable quality of play between Djokovic and Nadal.

Contents

  • Match 1
  • Legacy 2
  • Statistics 3
  • Djokovic and Nadal about the match 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Match

Rafael Nadal won the first set 7–5, Nadal gaining a break of serve after a long attritional battle. The second set was equally close-fought, Djokovic coming back from one break down to win the set 6–4 and level the match at one set each. The third set was the shortest of the final, Djokovic breaking Nadal twice to take the set 6–2. In this set, Djokovic dropped only two points on serve and broke again in game eight with a crushing forehand to lead for the first time.[1] Nadal won the fourth set with a 7–5 tie-break; Djokovic had led 5–3 before Nadal took the next five points. The final set saw a return of the intense play seen in the opening sets. Nadal broke in the sixth game to take a 4–2 lead. Djokovic then broke back to level at 4–4. Finally, Djokovic made a decisive break of serve to win what is, in terms of duration, both the longest Grand Slam final in the Open Era and also the longest match in the history of the Australian Open.[2]

Legacy

This match is central to the Djokovic–Nadal rivalry. Nadal called it the toughest loss of his career but the best match he ever played. Djokovic said it was the finest win in his career and also commented on the high level of tennis played. Not only was this the longest Grand Slam final, but according to Tennis Channel and the Australian Open TV networks, this was one of the most-watched finals, despite ending late into the night locally. Soon after the conclusion of the 2012 Australian Open, there were sources claiming that Djokovic sealed his spot as a tennis great and in the Tennis Hall of Fame. After the 2012 Australian Open, Rod Laver came out with his greatest in the amateur and Open Era lists. Djokovic was ranked 6th and Nadal 5th on the Open Era list. Laver said the 2012 Australian Open final was a main reason for including both players.

Statistics

Category Djokovic Nadal
1st serve % 98 of 166 = 59% 137 of 203 = 67%
Aces 9 10
Double faults 2 4
Unforced errors 69 71
Winning % on 1st serve 67 of 98 = 68% 90 of 137 = 66%
Winning % on 2nd serve 43 of 68 = 63% 30 of 66 = 45%
Winners 57 44
Receiving points won 83 of 203 = 41% 56 of 166 = 34%
Break point conversions 7 of 20 = 35% 4 of 6 = 67%
Net approaches 23 of 31 = 74% 16 of 19 = 84%
Total points won 193 176
Fastest serve 202 km/h 204 km/h
Average 1st serve speed 190 km/h 183 km/h
Average 2nd serve speed 150 km/h 136 km/h

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Djokovic and Nadal about the match

Nadal after the match said that: “His (Djokovic) return probably is one of the best in history” and “[He makes it] almost every time".[3] Djokovic said: "It was obvious on the court for everybody who has watched the match that both of us, physically, we took the last drop of energy that we had from our bodies, we made history tonight and unfortunately there couldn't be two winners".[4] Rafael Nadal: "This one was very special," he said. "But I really understand that was a really special match, and probably a match that's going to be in my mind not because I lost, no, because the way that we played."[4] Commentator Patrick McEnroe said after the match concluded, "Unforgettable. Unmatched. A new definition of suffering for the title. You think you've seen everything and then you witness a match like this."

See also

References

  1. ^ "Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in Australian Open final". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Djokovic has that unbeatable feeling". Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Briggs, Simon (29 January 2012). "Australian Open 2012: Novak Djokovic wins battle of endurance to beat Rafael Nadal in near six-hour epic". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Longest Men's Singles Championship Final". ESPN Sports. 30 January 2012. 

External links

  • Djokovic–Nadal head-to-head
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