30 Jan 2012

Djokovic winner of marathon Open in Melbourne

4:46 am on 30 January 2012

In the longest grand slam tennis final ever played, Novak Djokovic has beaten Rafael Nadal to retain his Australian Open title.

The Serbian world number one, who defeated Nadal for the Wimbledon and US Open crowns last year, captured the decisive break at 5-5 in the fifth to win 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5 at the Rod Laver arena in Melbourne.

The match lasted five hours, 53 minutes. It was Djokovic's fifth grand slam.

The length of the match smashed the previous record of four hours and 54 minutes set when Mats Wilander defeated Ivan Lendl for the 1988 US Open title.

After receiving the trophy from Rod Laver, Djokovic said:

''We made history tonight. You are one of the greatest players ever. I hope we have many more matches here.''