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Emotions were running so high during and after the match that Nadal helped to console an emotional Federer during the trophy ceremony.
Coming off the heels of his epic semifinal against Verdasco, Nadal defeated Federer in another five-set epic, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2.
What made this victory even more incredible and extremely impressive was that the match started less than 24 hours after he defeated Verdasco.
That game lasted five hours and 14 minutes. The next evening, he defeated Federer in nearly four and a half hours.
This has to be one of the greatest—if not the greatest—physical achievements in tennis history.
Not only did winning that match stop Federer from tying Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles, but it also gave Nadal his first Australian Open crown and his sixth Grand Slam championship.