this Australian Open It is the first Grand Slam of the season and is held in Melbourne for two weeks, usually in mid-January. It is the first Grand Slam tournament to continue playing indoors in case of rain or extreme heat in the Australian summer. All three primary courts, Rod Laver Arena, John Cain Arenaand Margaret Court Arenaall equipped with retractable roofs.
Slam is also referred to as ‘Happy Slam’, a term first coined by him. Roger Federer6-time champion in slam. The tournament gets this special name as many players love to play in the Slam and it is also the first Slam of the season, even the spectators are happy to experience the live tennis action.
The tournament has witnessed some exciting matches over the years and here we look at the 5 longest matches played in a Grand Slam over the years.
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Number 5: Boris Becker vs Omar Camporese- 7-6(7), 7-6(7), 0-6, 4-6, 14-12 5 hours 11 minutes
seed number 2 Boris Becker He was a 4-time Grand Slam champion to the Australian Open but had yet to win the Down Under title. He managed to reach the 3rd round without dropping the set and faced Italy. Omar Camporese behind 4 consecutive wins.
Becker won the first two sets in the melee tiebreaks and tried to take the match in straight sets, but the Italian made an incredible comeback. The Italian continued to flatter the German in the 3rd set, one of the few times where the German failed to win a single game in the set and then won the 4th set, forcing Becker to the 5th set against the odds.
Set 5 outstripped game 20 and neither player was ready to give up. After that 5 hours 11 minutesBecker finally won the draw 7-6(7), 7-6(7), 0-6, 4-6, 14-12 and then the championship, his 5th Grand Slam title and the first of his two titles in the Slam.
Number 4: Rafael Nadal – Fernando Verdasco – 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (1), 6-4, 5 hours 14 minutes
With 5 Grand Slam titles currently, then World No. 1 rafael nadal It has yet to win a Grand Slam title on hard courts. The Spaniard, who reached the last 4 without dropping a single set in the Slam, was set to face his compatriot. Fernando Verdasco Winner in 5 sets after winning their first 3 games in a row Andy Murray Won the quarterfinals in round 4 and then in 4 sets.
After splitting the first two sets between them, Nadal won the 3rd set in the tiebreak and then Verdasco won the 4th set, struggling not only with Nadal but also with severe cramps that needed some treatment and relief from his coach on the sidelines. When the match was now past midnight, the two Spaniards went ahead, Nadal won the match. 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (1), 6-4 inside 5 hours 14 minutes. Nadal eventually won the title, his only Slam in Melbourne.
Number 3: Ivo Karlovic – Horacio Zeballos – 6-7(6), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20 5 hours 22 minutes
20 seedlings Ivo Karlovic was against the seedless Horacio Zeballos in the first round 2017 Australian Open. Karlovic had already established his name as one of the best players on the tour when it comes to serving play and throwing aces.
While Horacio won the first two sets against all odds, Karlovic was the draw favourite, the Croatian player reacted well to take the next two sets and take the match into the decisive set. Playing 4 challenging sets so far, the duo played a total of 42 matches in the 5th set and Karlovic won the match 6-7(6), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20 in 5 hours. and 22 minutes.
The match in which Karlovic broke the Australian Open record with 75 aces entered the record books, while 84 matches played in 5 sets was also the highest number of matches played in a single match in the Slam.
#2: Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev – 2–6, 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–4, 7–5, 5 hours 24 minutes
Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev competed head-to-head in the 2022 Australian Open final. Medvedev finished second at the event in 2021 and became the reigning Grand Slam champion, winning the 2021 US Open. Nadal was seeking his second Australian Open title as he lost the major win in 2009. He had lost 4 Australian Open finals since 2009 and was desperate for his 2nd title there.
Medvedev started well and took first blood, taking the set 6-2. Nadal fought better in the second set, but the Russian player won the tie-breaking set 2-0 to get a little closer to the trophy. The Russian, who was leading 3-2 in the third set and had a triple breaking point, looked ready to win. However, Nadal pressed the clutch to hold the set 3-3 before winning 6-4.
The fourth set was a back and forth between the two before Nadal was victorious, sending the finals into the decisive set. Although Nadal served the title at the age of 5-4, he was unable to return as Medvedev forced his 12th game. Nadal eventually won the title keeping his serve at 6-5 and became the first person to win 21 Grand Slam titles, a record that would be better at the 2022 French Open. The match ended at 01:11 local time.
#1: Novak Djokovic – Rafael Nadal – 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7 (5), 7–5, 5 hours 53 minutes
finals 2012 Australian Open It remains the longest Grand Slam final in the Open Era and is undoubtedly also one of the greatest tennis matches ever. Nadal was already a 10-time Grand Slam champion and was seeking his 2nd title at the Australian Open, while Novak won only 4 Grand Slam titles and was also the defending champion that year.
Novak made it to the 4th round without losing a set and won his last 16 match in 4 sets. He then won the quarterfinals in straight sets before defeating Murray in 5 sets to enter the finals. Nadal, on the other hand, reached the quarterfinals without losing a set, and then won the quarterfinals and semifinals in 4 sets, including defeating Federer in the semifinals.
After dividing the first 4 sets, moving to the 5th set made the fans happy. Nadal was up 4-2 in the 5th set and looked like he was going to win the title, but Novak responded with a bold and powerful forehand as he approached the net and gave a big roar as he won the title in front of an enthusiastic crowd. In the end, Djokovic won the match. 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7 (5–7), 7–5 inside 5 hours 53 minutes.
During the presentation ceremony, both players who were trying to stand after playing a marathon match had to be given chairs.
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