Watch highlights of the Australian Open 2012 Final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as this match goes down in history as the longest and most thrilling Grand Slam Final ever played in the Rod Laver Arena.
Novak Djokovic won the 2012 Australian Open after Rafael Nadal took him into a fifth set. It took 6 hours to crown the first Grand Slam winner of the 2012 ATP World Tour until the Serb sealed his 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 conquest in one of the most thrilling Grand Slam finals in tennis history.
The Serb came into the match full of confidence after winning three of the four Grand Slam titles available in 2011 and he had continued that dominant form in Melbourne.
Nadal described it as a pleasure to be part of one of the greatest Australian Open matches of all time against Novak Djokovic.
Nadal and Djokovic pushed themselves to their physical limits but as Nadal admitted to the press, he enjoys that element of the game to an almost masochistic extent.
"It's nice to be there fighting, you know, trying to go to the limit. Something I really enjoy, and I always said it is good suffering, no? So when you are fit, with passion for the game, when you are ready to compete, you are able to suffer and enjoy suffering, no?"