Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in Australian Open final
By David OrnsteinBBC Sport
Novak Djokovic cemented his place at the top of men's tennis by outlasting Rafael Nadal in a five-set epic to retain his Australian Open title.
The world number one edged a gripping battle with the second seed 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 in five hours 53 minutes to win his fifth Grand Slam.
John LloydFormer British number one & BBC Sport commentator
Incredible. The greatness we talked about last year but this match was the most important of Djokovic's career. To beat who he beat after playing Murray in the semi-final and being a break down in the fifth. The amount of respect he will have gained from the other players having gone toe-to-toe with Nadal with that level of exhaustion. Definitely the greatest match he's ever played. I don't think he thinks he can believe he's done it
It was the longest final in Grand Slam history, finishing at 0137 local time.
Djokovic, who also beat the Spaniard in their previous six meetings, has now triumphed at the last three majors.
But this might be the sweetest of them all for so many reasons.
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