world #1 novak djokovic of serbia defeated world #2 rafael nadal of spain 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 to win the 2012 australian open men's singles title. the thrilling match was the longest men's final of the open era, lasting five hours & 53 minutes. djokovic becomes the fourth player in history to win four titles in five majors. he now has five career major singles titles. dubiously, nadal became the first player to lose three straight major finals.
djokovic's historic victory was his third consecutive major, all against nadal, continuing his dominance over the passionate lefty. djokovic has beaten nadal seven times in a row, all in finals. ironically, this was the first five-set encounter in their growing rivalry. either player has won the last eight majors. nadal currently holds a 16-14 lifetime edge, but the gap is closing quicker than djokovic's foot speed.
victoria azarenka of belarus destroyed maria sharapova of russia 6-3, 6-0 to capture the 2012 australian open women's singles crown. azarenka's stunning victory, her first career major singles title, also catapulted the fiery 22 year-old to the #1 ranking on the wta tour. despite her one-sided loss, sharapova moves to the #3 spot on the wta tour.
azarenka was one of six women with an equal opportunity to dethrone caroline wozniacki of denmark as the #1 player when the tournament began. the others were petra kvitova, sharapova, li na, samantha stosur & agnieszka radwanska. wozniacki lost in the quarterfinals to defending champion kim clisters of belgium, who azarenka beat in three tough sets in the semi-finals. sharapova beat kvitova in the semis, a rematch of their 2011 wimbledon final, won by kvitova, who remains #2.
- mark j. tuggle
- harlem, usa
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