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Australian Open 2012, a record breaker Grand slam event
The Australian Open 2012 created and broke many records - it recorded the longest Grand Slam match ever that Djokovic finally won after defeating former world number one Rafael Nadal. It also witnessed a record attendance of 686,006 fans at the Melbourne Park against 653,860 in 2010.

ON JANUARY 21, attendance at the Australian Open broke the all- time record of a Grand slam event as more than eighty thousand fans were on site, against seventy-seven thousand last year but this year, another milestone in the tennis history that fans could enjoy was the longest ever Australian Open Final, played on Sunday between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The men’s Singles match between two legends would be remembered for the times to come.

Djokovic defeated former World No 1 Nadal in the game that stretched to 5 sets with the winning score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5. Thus Djokovic not only won the final but also retained his Grand slam crown for the 2nd successive term. The match lasted for 5hrs and 53 minutes beating the previous longest Grand Slam Final, which lasted 4 hrs and 54 minutes played between Wilander and Ivan Lendi at the 1988 US Open Final. Wilander won it with score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

The 1st Season’s opening Grand Slam of the year 2012 was also the longest ever in the history of Australian Open. In Australia, the other longest Match of 5 hours and 14 minutes was played between Nadal and Fernando in the semi-finals during the year 2009, won by Rafael Nadal.  Djoko thus equalled a record of Hat-trick with Rod Laver, Pet Sampras, Roger Federer and Rafeel Nadal when he won his 3rd consecutive Grand slam.

Both Djoko and Nadal admitted that the match played between them was the best ever well contested match and they will remember it throughout their lives. Both the heroes of the modern Tennis era complimented each other for their game, patience, and temperament etc - that is called sportsmanship.

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