Nadal vs Djokovic: Novak Djokovic wins 2012 Australian Open men’s finals against Rafael Nadal

By on Jan 29, 2012 in Australia, Sports, Tennis Comments

Novak Djokovic won the 2012 Australian Open Men’s Finals on Sunday, January 29, 2012 after beating Rafael Nadal (5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5), which was held at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic (left) and Rafael Nadal
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As noted at international sports news sites on Sunday, January 29, 2012, Serbian Novak Djokovic, 24, won over Rafael Nadal, his third straight major title and his seventh straight victory against the 25-year old Spanish tennis player.

Second seed Nadal, who was hoping for his second Australian Open title, won the first set, which lasted for 1 hour and 20 minutes, but lost the next two sets from the defending champion and currently the world’s No.1 tennis player.

Nevertheless, Nadal came back in the fourth set and was able to tie the match but won in the more crucial set leading only slightly against Djokovic, who eventually won the fifth set and the match as well, his third Australian Open title.

Apparently, sports analysts noted on their comments that no one has ever dominated Nadal in the past 12 months like Djokovic did, with the third set slightly delayed due to rain and the roof was closed.

This latest Nadal vs Djokovic match was noted to be longest ever Australian Open men’s final (5 hours and 53 minutes), longer than the previous record of the 5-set match between Mats Wilander and Pat Cash in 1988, which lasted for 4 hours and 28 minutes.

During the 2012 Australian Open semi-finals, Djokovic beat Andy Murray of Scotland in five sets after 4 hours and 50 minutes, while Nadal won over his longest rival Roger Federer, who now ranks third in the world.

This recent Nadal-Djokovic match was their 30th meeting, with Nadal winning 16 of them, but Djokovic won the 2011 US Open Finals, and became the second player to defeat Nadal in more than one Grand Slam final.

Nevertheless, the term “trivalry” was born between Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, as coined by American sportscaster Mary Carillo to mark them as the current top three tennis players in the world.

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