They gave absolutely everything and Novak Djokovic was the one who raised his hands and fell flat on his back in celebration of this amazing victory. With a scoreline 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5, the Serbian won his third Australian Open title and the fifth of his career.
Nadal was fighting like a true hero and it’s a shame that there could only be one winner this time. He deserved to win it just as much as Djokovic did.
With just 7 minutes short of the 6 hour mark, this match takes it’s place as the longest Grand Slam Final of all times, surpassing the 1988 US Open Final when Mats Wilander defeated Ivan Lendl in 4 hours and 54 minutes.
The third longest Grand Slam Final happened in 2008 at Wimbledon, when Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in an epic match, winning 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-7 (8) 9-7 in 4 hours and 48 minutes.
The fourth longest final took place in 1987 at the US Open. Ivan Lendl won a hard fought battle against one of his biggest rivals Mats Wilander. The match lasted 4 hours and 47 minutes with a scoreline 6–7 (7) 6–0 7–6 (4) 6–4. It was Lendl´s 6th Grand Slam title.
The fifth longest final goes back to year 1982, when Mats Wilander captured the French Open title, beating Guillermo Vilas 1-6 7-6 (6) 6-0 6-4 in 4 hours and 42 minutes.