In a thriller match, Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5-7), 7-5, in the Australian Open 2012 Men’s Singles Finals to capture his second Aussie Open title and his third consecutive grand slam wins over the Spaniard.
Djokovic was up to the challenge posted by Nadal in the fifth set when the Spaniard had a 4-2 lead. After that Djokovic had the last chance to stand against the pressure as he broke Nadal’s service and eventually tied at 4-4. Nadal had all the chances to distance Djokovic by have the lead 5-4 in the final set but the defending champion roared with passion and power.
Trailed 5-3 in the fourth set tie break, Rafael Nadal dug deeper to come back and to tie the Australian Open 2012 Men’s Singles Finals 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5-7), over Novak Djokovic. Just when everything was going wrong, Nadal keeps his chances alive as he forced into a deciding fifth set in which anything can happen.
Djokovic hunger was greater than ever before when he outdueled Nadal in the fourth set tie break that allowed him to maneuver and won the Australian Open 2012 title for the second time in his career. It as a highly contested game that went to the Serbian again for the third time over Nadal.
The Serb powered his will just after Nadal tied the fourth set. Djokovic played with such urgency getting the points early to make it 6-5. As the audience wanted more of the match, Djokovic knew that this was the moment for him to break the serves of Nadal. Much to the expectations of many, Nadal battled courageously for the match to enter into a tie break, 6-6.
Djokovic dermination to exert more effort paid off as he led 5-4, just a break service away as Nadal took another stand to tie the fourth set. Djokovic outperformed overwhelmingly that Nadal couldn’t believe it. Nadal started his serves with 30-15 and he had a chance to close this and to force a tie. However, Djokovic was not ready for Nadal yet as he tried make the necessary volleys. Nadal finally tied the score at 5-5 in the fourth set.
Nadal withstood the first attacks of Djokovic as both the players played with unbroken serves until game eight when Djokovic led 4-3, and had the chance to break Nadal with 30-0 advantage. Djokovic opportunity to get near into his second Australian Open but Nadal was reluctant in his fight not to be broken, 30-15. With that stand of Nadal, Djokovic displayed another point giving him the edge 40-15 and a chance to get into 5-3 in the fourth set. As the next point was crucial, Nadal was able to drilled in a forehand volley to deuce at 40-40. The 10th time grand slams winner’s back was against the wall as he delivered the advantage point and eventually tied the set at 4-4.
Nadal started the match with the ability to use his backhand with superiority that he grabbed the first set. However, he failed to alter his strategy in the remaining sets as Djokovic read the way Nadal was taking the points. The Serb pulled off strong forehand volleys that destroyed the momentum of Nadal in the second set. It was as contentious as the first set that Djokovic found his way to attack the baseline in the surprise of the Spaniard.
In the third set, it was all Djokovic as he broke the serves of Nadal. With the momentum swung on his side, Djokovic keep pounding on the backhand of Nadal that seemed reacting too slow. Yes, the superb approack of Djokovic in the third set stifle the the chances of Nadal to rally back into the set. Thus, Djokovic enjoyed it without that much of a challenge. In the brink of losing the third set, all Djokovic had to do was to maintain his composure and entered into the fourth set to win the Australian Open 2012.
Djokovic has emerged as the best player in tennis dethroning Nadal last year. As the No 1 player in the world, Djokovic found himself in another yet victory that will keep adding his grand slam trophies but Nadal didn’t gave up in the fourth set. . Before this match he has won four Grand Slam singles titles: the 2008 and 2011 Australian Open, the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2011 US Open. In looking at his title, Djokovic is in the prime of his career being dominant since last year in the Aussie Open. Without a doubt, he past the test of being one of the best tennis players of all time.
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