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Australian Open 2012 final: An epic battle between Tennis warriors
Final match of the Australian Open, 2012 between Rafael Nadal and Djokovic would be remembered as an epic battle that Grand Slam has ever witnessed. Though, Djokovic won the title, 7-5, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) and 5-7, it was an encounter where no one deserved to lose.

THE CELEBERATIONS said it all. Djokovic, after winning his epic encounter against Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open tore his jersey apart. He flexed his muscles and displayed his perfect body shape, screaming with his jaws wide open and also hit the advertisement boards with his tight fists. It looked like a scene straight from the movie, Gladiator. It was an emotional outburst, as the victory meant a lot to him. These two stars played one of the best finals that a Grand Slam has ever witnessed.


Though Djokovic won the match in a classic battle with 7-5, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) and 5-7 but it would be unfair for Nadal to be termed as someone who lost the match. It was a day, when the better player on the day won, else, there was no comparison between the two. The quality on display was at its peak as spectators were enthralled by the grit of both players.


There was not much difference between the two players as far as the stats were also concerned. Nadal won 68% of his first serves and Djokovic, 66%. Djokovic had 9 aces, Nadal had 10 aces to his name. Djokovic’s fastest serve was 202 KPH, Nadal fastest was 204 KPH. Djokovic hit 69 unforced errors and Nadal, 71, according to matchstat.com. There was nothing to choose between the two, except that they were poised against one another on the opposite sides of the net.


When the game was nearing its end in the fourth and the fifth set, the game had almost seen it all. But, little did we know that those three sets were the trailer for the last two sets, which brought the fans at the edge of their seats. Even the crowd at the stadium, were concentrating full on, as there was a pin drop silence, when either of the player was getting ready for a serve. The fans also wanted them to play at their best and how good did they play. It was a match for fans, where each and every penny proved worth, given the class they witnessed.


Djokovic was making Nadal run all round the baseline and he was returning each and every shot with the same venom, making it a visual delight. Djokovic looked more tired, but still he had enough gas left in the tank, when everyone in the crowd had thought that Nadal would clinch the title, when he trailed 4-2 in the final set of the game. It was a great comeback from the Serbian, as he was using all the muscles to egg him on. Nadal, on the other side of the court, was returning his shots, with disdain. Still, Djokovic's aggression overpowered Nadal in the finishing stages of the game, as he started to serve well too.  


A time had come, when one had thought that the match would never finish, but finally it was Djokovic who clinched the game, thus bringing an end to one of the best Grand Slam finals ever. After winning his final point, he fell on to the ground and looked up to register his back to back Australian Open title.

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