A stone cold classic was served up at the Australian Open by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal with the top two battling for nearly six hours - and at the end it was the Serbian who lifted the trophy
The new tennis season already looks much like the last - with Novak Djokovic reigning supreme at the top table.
The Serbian, winner of three Grand Slam titles in 2011, once again proved to have that little bit extra with a five-set defeat of Rafa Nadal in Melbourne.
Like Friday's win over Andy Murray it was a genuine epic - officially the longest game in the Grand Slam's history with two of the sets lasting nearly an hour-and-a-half alone! The match finished at around 1:40am local time with both men seemingly at breaking point in the decider.
Nadal opened affairs with a 7-5 first set but could little to stem the tide as Djokovic took the next two 6-4, 6-2. A tie-break went the Spaniard's way in the fourth to set up a rollercoaster fifth.
An early break looked to have given Rafa the momentum he needed, but a missed backhand when 4-2 up gave Djokovic hope and the Serbian promptly broke his opponent to get back into the match.
Showing the desire and guts that has taken him to world no.1 status, Djokovic dug out the break he needed at 5-5, and served out for the win.
The champion was backed at a high of 6.611/2 to triumph in the final with Nadal trading at a low of 1.171/6.