Australian Open 2012: Top Five Greatest Men's Finals Ever

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Australian Open 2012: Top Five Greatest Men's Finals Ever
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The finals—the culmination of an entire tournament.

The hopes of two players are riding on the outcome of a single match.  Several hours will represent what is written in the record books forever.

In the 2012 Australian Open Final, several hours turned into what seemed like several days as Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in a match that lasted a quarter of the day.   

While the length of a match may not necessarily indicate its quality—as in the Isner-Mahut epic from 2010—Djokovic and Nadal made the ultimate grind as both competed in what would be the longest Grand Slam final in history.

Here, I am going to explore five of the greatest Australian Open men's finals of the open era.  

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