2012 Australian Open - Men's Singles Final
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2012 Australian Open %E2%80%93 Men%27s Singles Final
2012 Australian Open Men's Final
Serbia Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Spain Rafael Nadal (2)
Set 1 2 3 4 5
Serbia Novak Djokovic 5 6 6 65 7
Spain Rafael Nadal 7 4 2 77 5
Date Sunday, 29 January 2012
Tournament Australian Open
Location Melbourne, Australia

The 2012 Australian Open Men's Singles final was the championship tennis match of the Men's Singles tournament at the 2012 Australian Open between two of the best players of their generation. In the final, Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5-7), 7-5 to win the tournament. 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 1988 US Open Final between Mats Wilander and Ivan Lendl. The match is considered to be one of the best matches in modern tennis. With both players playing at their highest levels, the match is memorable for being a war of attrition and for the impeccable quality and duration of play between Djokovic and Nadal. Before this final, Novak Djokovic played his semifinal match against Andy Murray in a match lasting 4 hours and 50 minutes.[1][2][3]

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.[4] Nadal won the fourth set with a 7-5 tie-break; Djokovic had led 5-3 before Nadal took the next four 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.[5]

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 list of greatest players in the amateur and Open Era. 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%
Winning % on 1st serve 67 of 98 = 68% 90 of 137 = 66%
Winning % on 2nd serve 43 of 68 = 63% 30 of 66 = 45%
Aces 9 10
Double faults 2 4
Winners 57 44
Unforced errors 69 71
Winners-UFE -12 -27
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".[1] 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".[6] 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."[6] Commentator Chris Fowler 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."

Pundits and player reactions

  • "Unforgettable. Unmatched. A new definition of suffering for the title. There really aren't any words to describe this." -Chris Fowler
  • "You think you've seen everything, and then you witness a match like this." -Patrick McEnroe
  • "It was an absolutely superhuman effort by Djokovic. It just goes to show you how good he is. It's mind blowing." -Pat Cash
  • "What an unbelievable match! Best match I've seen in my lifetime for sure." -Boris Becker
  • "By far one of the greatest tennis matches we've ever seen. I have never seen anything like it." -John McEnroe
  • "Unbelievable, career defining match! What a will of effort." -Brad Gilbert
  • "By far the greatest match I ever saw. Incredible performances from both guys." -Pete Sampras
  • "I think this was the best tennis match ever in the men's game." -Andre Agassi
  • "Wow what an unbelievable match to watch. Definitely the greatest match I've seen." -Mats Wilander
  • "It showed what it takes to beat this top group of players. Truly fantastic match to watch. One of the greatest I've ever seen." -Björn Borg

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