The meeting was defined in the fifth set and became the definition of longest Grand Slam, after 5 hours and 53 minutes of play . The score was 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5) and 7-5
The Serb, who won in Melbourne in 2008 and 2011, won the first game between both players reaching the fifth set, after 29 crosses. Exhausted after a long semifinal, 4h 50m, against Britain’s Andy Murray (No. 4), “Nole” needed a couple rediscover their rhythm part, before demonstrating their superiority to “Rafa” but at the cost of great efforts.
The Iberian, however, who had lost to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon and U.S. Open last year, did not surrender at any time and brought his rival to a fifth set in which the players showed a great physical and mental power.
With this victory, “The Djoko” becomes the fifth player in the Open era (since 1968) to win three Grand Slam titles , along with Rod Laver , Pete Sampras, Roger Federerand his opponent on Sunday.
Suma also 21 games without losing in Grand Slam tournaments (his last defeat was the semi-final at Roland Garros last year against Federer).
The Serb also becomes the fourth player since 1968 to win three titles or more in Melbourne , as did Andre Agassi (4), Federer (4) and Mats Wilander (3).
Meanwhile Nadal still under his belt ten titles of the great and adds its seventh consecutive defeat against Balkan late , losing six times in 2011.
Rafael Nadal, while unable to win the first “big” of the season was considered a great game and gave it everything. “It’s the ending I’ve lost the least hurt me, because I’ve done everything I could, I fought, I have competed on equal terms with a player who is brilliant and I was very close. I have taken to the limit, which had failed in 2011, and I have taken myself to the limit, “he said.
After losing in the final of Grand Slam longest history, after almost 6 hours of play, the Spanish added: “Let’s face it. It was a great show. I enjoyed. I’ve had my chances against the best player in the world. I state to a very high level for a long time, and that is very important to me. I’m happy about that. I’m not happy about losing, but losing one of the most satisfying of my career. “
Questioned by the vicissitudes that had the party and the options he had in the fifth set to win, Rafa said that “anything could happen.” “I’ve given everything, I’m pretty empty, but happy because when you do everything that could not be asking for more. After a while I’ve been without enjoying today what I could do and this is the way, “he added.
Finally, he spoke of his goals for 2012: “I have a month to work ahead. Comes the most important part of the season for me, from Indian Wells to Wimbledon. The line and the work of the past weeks is adequate. improvement has been great and my feeling on the track has been very different. I am very pleased my spirit and mood tonight , “he said.