Novak Djokovic hails greatest career win after 2012 Australian Open triumph

Novak Djokovic might have had a 2011 to remember, although the Serbian’s epic five-set victory over Rafael Nadal on Sunday is the greatest achievement of his career according to the world number one

Djokovic and Nadal were involved in the longest grand slam final in history, with the former eventually claiming victory in the final set despite trailing 4-2 in games.

Both men were naturally exhausted by the end of the classic encounter, with Djokovic claiming that the length of the match means this will go down as his best career win to date, despite scooping three Grand Slam titles in 2011.

“Wimbledon is right up there because it was the tournament I always wanted to win but this comes out on top because we played for almost six hours, it was incredible,” he said.

“It was the longest grand slam final of all time. Just hearing that fact makes me cry. I am very proud to be a part of history, to be among the elite group of players who have won this trophy several times.

“I had a lot of chances to win it in four sets but he deserved to prolong it and then really both of us could have won the match, it could have gone either way.”

“It was one of the toughest matches of my career,” said Nadal.

“But we played a nice tennis match, it was a very good show and I enjoyed being a part of it.

“I wanted to win but I am happy with how I did.”

When asked if he would watch a re-run of the match, Nadal joked: “No, it’s too long. Just the highlights.”

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