This year’s 2012 Australian Open lasted an unbelievable 5 hours and 53 minutes. At the end of it, both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were totally exhausted and weren’t even able to stand up straight when waiting for the trophy presentation.
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.