Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal: Who'll Be Victorious in Australian Open Final?

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Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal: Who'll Be Victorious in Australian Open Final?
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After two monstrous semifinals, each lasting over four hours, the 2012 Australian Open final is set to be one of the best Slam finals in recent history.

Rafael Nadal came back from a set down to cap off a spectacular win over his 16-time Grand Slam winning rival Roger Federer (6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4). While the Serbian World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic again defeated his opponent in last year's final Andy Murray (6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5).

The two main talking points heading into the final are that Djokovic has just a day and a few hours before the final on Sunday evening in Melbourne and that he has won six straight meetings—all of which were finals—against Rafael Nadal.

As a result, most would be inclined to install Djokovic as the eventual winner of the event given his recent head-to-head record against Nadal—but is that enough of a reason? Is it that Nadal has made too little of the sort of adjustments he'd need to make to defeat Novak?

On the other hand, some would lean towards picking Nadal as the favorite. However, are we really to believe that Djokovic, a player famous for making like he's been shot every time a match gets tight, is dead and buried for this match?

The funny thing is Nadal in 2009 pretty much wrote the script that could end up being the source of his demise at this year's tournament come Sunday. In the 2009 Australian Open Championship, Nadal famously came back from a five-hour-plus epic semifinal to defeat Roger Federer in a four-hour-plus epic final despite having a day less to rest compared to Federer before the final.

Who will come out on top in the 2012 Australian Open Men's final? Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic?

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