On the fateful day of January 29, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia the top two tennis players of the world clashed in what became known as the match that set the standards for all future ones.
The Australian Open 2012 final was a nail-biting, heart-wrenching 5 hour 53 minutes of one of the best matches in history. Both contestants, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, used all their energy to compete in the Rod Laver Arena for the championship title.
With the score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 this game was a test of endurance. In a close last few minutes, as both players further intensified the competition, Novak was able to come out to claim that title. His will to win and determination was what pulled him through against the odds: the crowd, nadal, and his own fatigue. After winning the last point, the crowd around him erupted in cheers and he was hardly able to stand due to sheer exhaustion. “I think it was just the matter of maybe luck in some moments and matter of wanting this more than maybe other player in the certain point,” Djokovic said after the match, “It’s just incredible effort. You’re in pain, you’re suffer(ing). 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.”
In the end, it was well worth the effort as he got his hands on another championship, making it his third consecutive grand slam title- all of which included outlasting Nadal in the finals. This final was more than just a grand slam win, more than just a trophy, and more than history in the making-it showed Djokovic’s mental strength, physical finesse, and his optimism in even the most testing circumstances.
Since this match, Djokovic has continued to prove his resilience and unbreakable will, paving the way for an even more successful career as he currently holds 8 grand slams and numerous masters. Given the elite recognition as being in the “big 4” Djokovic is a prominent figure in tennis worldwide and has potential to go even further.