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That was a brick wall that showed no sign of collapsing. At the end of a rare competitive rally, Nadal tapped a balletic lob in the fifth game of the second set he thought had saved one of two break points but it drifted long and his suffering continued.
After an hour, he still had not fashioned a break point of his own. There was fight in him but none of the certainty or precision of the earlier rounds.
Only three times in his career has he come back to win from such a deficit. But he was doing this to one of the greatest players.
It was not a pretty sight. Probably not since Nadal did the same to David Ferrer to win the French Open in has a grand slam final looked so lopsided.
Nadal was being marched towards the gallows without even the benefit of a hood. As they embarked on the final stretch, the crowd indulged in the ultimate false empathy: He still punched the air, muscles rippling, but surely sensed the end was not far away.
At least they were finishing in the dark. The traditional night—time final looked at one point as if it might end before the glow of day had slipped away.
As a spectacle, it had become engrossing for all the wrong reasons: When it docked, a little over two hours after they set sail, he was put ashore without ceremony, broken in his final service game.
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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.
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.
Djokovic was ranked 6th and Nadal 5th on the Open Era list. Nadal after the match said that: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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