The rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is one of the fiercest in tennis history. The legendary 2012 Australian Open final, the longest in history, will always be remembered. Novak Djokovic won his fifth Slam championship, his third in a row following his victories at the 2011 US Open and Wimbledon, officially crowning the Serbian as the sport’s all-time leading scorer and elevating him to the status of a legend.
“The 2012 Australian Open championship matchup with Rafa. For 5 hours and 53 minutes, we played. On the ATP and WTA‘s Tennis United podcast, Djokovic said to Pospisil, “It’s definitely hard to repeat that in my career. Pospisil laughed and added, “For me, 5 minutes and 53 seconds is enough against any of you, not 5 hours.”
The Serbian champion also recalled that the two need seats at the presentation since they were so exhausted. “It was absurd. I don’t want to stop now because you know it’s the grand slam final, the fifth set, and you know the end is coming.
So you continue to psychologically challenge yourself. If you stop sensing your body’s internal processes, something else takes over and carries you through. It’s quite unbelievable,” chimed in Djokovic. The player who has defeated Nadal the most times in his career is Nole.
The athlete that has defeated Djokovic the most times in his career is Nadal. The only player to have beaten Nadal on four occasions on clay courts, the only player to have done it in the French Open in straight sets, and the only player to have done so in seven straight finals is Djokovic.
Despite the fact that they both play tennis in a similar manner, their variances make their matches interesting and challenging. The only player to defeat Nadal in all four Grand Slam finals is Djokovic, who also did so in three consecutive Grand Slam finals (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open).
Djokovic is praised by Goran Ivanisevic.
Goran Ivanisevic, who has been Novak Djokovic‘s lone coach since Marian Vajda’s departure in March of last year, is a content coach following Wimbledon, when Serbia won its 21st Grand Slam title. The Wimbledon champion from 2001 is not at all surprised by the Big 3’s continued dominance, especially if Roger Federer has been sidelined for a year due to injury.
“I was already predicting that Novak and Nadal would end up outwinning Federer before I became Djokovic‘s coach. They have no restrictions if they are healthy. They should keep winning, in my opinion.”