Originally posted by sonhouse
Longest game in grand slam history, 5 hours 53 minutes of the most grueling physical battles I ever saw. Incredible match, Rafa looked like he was coming back only to lose a break in the 5th set. Both players were very gracious in their short speeches. They are both great ambassadors to the game.
Not even close to the longest match in Grand Slam history. That was Isner-Mahut, Wimbledon, the year before last, and let's hope that we'll never see such a spectacle of boring attrition again. Its final set was longer than Rafa and Djoko's entire match, and frankly, I ran out of steam before Mahut did.
This one was, however, the longest Grand Slam final
ever. (Well, in the modern game, at least. And before that doesn't count, because they did things very differently then.) It's also the longest match ever at the Aussie Open.
It was also a much, much better match. Very high-quality play. I will still never really be a fan of either player, but that doesn't mean I can't recognise a good performance when I see it.