Djokovic beats Nadal in a Humdinger

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal played out a five and a half hour epic tennis match that will go down in history as one of the best ever. The two battled it out in the Australian Open final at the Rod Laver arena in Melbourne. Djokovic prevailed after both players had given everything they had and more. The amount of reserve energy both of them found during the see-saw battle was unbelievable. The 5 hours and 53 minute match is the longest Grand Slam singles final ever.

When the match came to an end with a Djokovic forehand winner, commentators had no adjectives left and the viewer could do nothing but cry. The raw emotion was such that, Djokovic tore his shirt open, screamed into the heavens and banged the advertisement hoardings, sanity ceased to exist.

The historic feat also meant that Novak Djokovic joined an elite list of Laver, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Nadal to have won three majors in a row since the open began in 1968. All hearts went out for Rafael Nadal, who was runner-up on all three occasions. Nadal did what he does best, fight. He ran to every nook and corner of the court and retrieved balls that only he could. Some of the rallies that went on for more than 25 shots were just simply breathtaking. At the end of the game, Djokovic had 57 winners to Nadal’s 44.

The great Rod Laver presented the trophies to both players after watching the entire game as a part of the 15,000 in the arena. Nadal, the true sportsman that he is accepted the defeat gracefully, he even joked during the presentation ceremony when he said “Good morning, everybody” as the match went well past midnight.

Djokovic acknowledged the effort that went into the game, when he said “It’s just incredible effort. You’re in pain, you’re in suffer. You’re trying to activate your legs. You’re going through so much suffering your toes are bleeding. Everything is just outrageous, but you’re still enjoying that pain.” “I’m very proud just to be part of this history.”

It is no coincidence that Djokovic is the World’s no 1 tennis player and his opponent the second best. For a tennis fan, it is a day that will be spoken about and remembered forever.

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