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Go Figure: Australian Open men’s final

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Novak Djokovic won the longest Grand Slam final in the Open Era. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in a historic Australian Open final on Sunday. Here are some facts and figures from the classic match:

5 hours, 53 minutes: Length of the match, the longest in Australian Open history and the longest Grand Slam final in the Open Era (which started in 1968).

4 hours, 54 minutes: Previous record for longest major final, between Mats Wilander and Ivan Lendl at the 1988 U.S. Open.

11 hours, 5 minutes: Longest men’s match in history, John Isner’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 victory against Nicolas Mahut in the first round at Wimbledon in 2010.

10 hours, 43 minutes: Combined court time for Djokovic in the semifinals and final. He needed four hours and 50 minutes to beat Andy Murray in the semifinals on Friday.

1:37 a.m.: Local time in Melbourne when the final ended.

5: Players who have won three Grand Slam events in a row in the Open Era. Djokovic joins Rod Laver, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Nadal.

7: Consecutive victories for Djokovic against Nadal, all in finals, including the last three majors.

3: Consecutive Grand Slam final losses for Nadal, an Open Era record.

4: Players with at least three Australian Open titles in the Open Era. Djokovic joins Andre Agassi (four), Roger Federer (four) and Mats Wilander (three).

16-14: Head-to-head record between Nadal and Djokovic, with the Spaniard still ahead despite seven straight losses.

133-2: Nadal’s record when winning the first set in Grand Slam matches, according to the ATP Tour. The only losses are to David Ferrer at the 2007 U.S. Open and Djokovic at the 2012 Australian Open.

88: Minutes in the fourth set, which Nadal won in a tiebreaker.

82: Minutes in Saturday’s women’s final between Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova. Azarenka won 6-3, 6-0.

  • Published On Jan 29, 2012
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