Too Tired To Stand: Nadal And Djokovic's 2012 Aus Open Final Was Nuts

The Australian Open 2012 men's singles final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal has gone down as the greatest Grand Slam final in history.

For five hours and 53 minutes, Nadal and Djokovic put on a tennis show like no other.

Pete Sampras and Boris Becker both called it the greatest match they had ever watched.

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Andre Agassi went further and said it was the greatest match ever to be played in the men's game. Watch the highlights below and judge for yourself.

The match is the longest Grand Slam final ever, and the longest match played in the 50-year history of the Australian Open.

The 2018 Open is the first year the 'super tie-break' rule will be enforced, designed to put some sort of a time limit on these epic matches.

But the fifth set 10-point tie-breaker rule would have had no effect on the length of this game -- it only went to 7-5 in the final set.

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The magic in this match was that there were no free points, every point was hard fought and twenty-plus shot rallies were the norm.

The longest rally came in the fifth set, and at 31 shots ended with Djokovic collapsing to the ground and Nadal heading to the sidelines to take a breather.

Novak Djokovic lies on the court after a 31-shot rally. Image: AP Photo/John Donegan

At 1.37 am, Djokovic was finally crowned champion, winning 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7, 7–5.

As the speeches dragged on throughout the presentation, both players visibly struggled to remain standing as they began cramping up.

Eventually, tournament directors took pity on the pair, and chairs were brought out to them.

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2019 was the 53rd instalment of this epic rivalry, with Djokovic defeating Nadal 6–3, 6–2, 6–3.