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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning a point in his fourth round match against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during day eight of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Australian Open title in 2012 after winning an epic, almost 6 hour long final against Spanish world number two Rafael Nadal. Can he make it three consecutive wins at the Australian Open 2013?

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The 2012 Australian Open saw the four greats progressing through to the semi-finals and produced a mens final between Djokovic v Nadal of unrivalled calibre on Sunday 29th January. As the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open have a reputation for fascinating stories that unfold before our eyes. 

Djokovic undisputedly ruled Melbourne in 2011, only dropping one set on the way to his second slam. Combining venomous ball striking with mind-blowing athleticism, he showed the capability to dominate the tennis world for years to come. After winning a tough match against local legend Lleyton Hewitt at the 2012 Australian Open, the world number one overcame British runner-up Andy Murray to face his toughest challenge yet in the final against Nadal.

The battle between Djokovic and Nadal, just short of 6 hours, goes down in history as the longest Grand Slam final ever played. It was an epic clash of two legends that have rightfully dominated the mens circuit for many years. After losing the first and fourth set to Spain's tennis star Nadal, Djokovic won 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 to secure the best win of his career.

Andy Murray finished runner-up at the Australian Open in 2010 and 2011, but fell at the semi-finals hurdle. He took Djokovic to 5 sets but had to concede defeat. Some say Federer, now 30, has been in a gradual decline over the past few seasons but his performance at the Australian Open 2012 proved that you can never write him off.

Roger sailed past his opponents at Melbourne Park and is on course to pick up another major crown in the autumn of his career. He defeated Australia's rising star Bernard Tomic in straight sets in the fourth round and cruised by Argentine Delpotro so it was up to Rafa Nadal to put an end to his stride in the semi-finals.

In the women's tournament, Serena Williams suffered a surprise defeat against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova, leaving Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova to fight for their spot in the final of this prestigious event. 2012 champion Azarenka ended Kim Clijsters hopes to win the title when they met in the semi-finals and defeated Maria Sharapova in 2 straight sets to take the 2012 crown?

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Final Men's Matches of the 2012 Australian Open in the Rod Laver Arena:

Quarter Finals: 24th - 25th January 2012
    • Juanmartin Delpotro v Roger Federer, January 24 (4-6, 3-6, 2-6)
    • Tomas Berdych v Rafael Nadal, January 24 (7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 3-6)
    • Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori, January 25 (6-3, 6-3, 6-1)
    • Novak Djokovic v David Ferrer, January 25 (6-4, 7-6, 6-1)
Semi Finals: 26th - 27th January 2012
    • Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal, January 26 (7-6, 2-6, 6-7, 4-6)
    • Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray, January 27 (6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5)
Final: 29th January 2012
    • Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal, January 29 ( 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 ) 

The dust may not have settled on a memorable Australian Open 2012 but we are already looking forward to next year's event! It will be the 101st Australian Open and the exploits of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray have left us just wanting more and more. Here you can read more about the Australian Open 2013.

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Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Australian Open title in 2012 after winning an epic, almost 6 hour long final against Spanish world number two Rafael Nadal. As the first Grand Slam of the season, the 2013 Australian Open will serve up some breathtaking tennis, so be sure to watch online. Here is how.

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