The Australian Open final is set to start at 3am sharp ET. The match-up is #1 Novak Djokovic vs #2 Rafael Nadal.
Start time is 3 am EST. I'm still awake for it!
15 minutes to go...gotta keep pregaming
The only Australian chick that I ever met took her bikini bottoms off in the hot tub and sat on my lap. She was the biggest cocktease that this world has ever seen.
Put that coffee down!
They love American men cause Australian dudes are kinda crude to them. Shit, for that matter most women in the world love American men cause their countrymen treat them like shit basically.
Both players hold serve, 1-1 first set.
Nadal gets the first break of the match, up 3-2 first set.
Djokovic breaks back. Back to equality, tied at 4 first set.
If Nadal wins it, he's got a chance, but if Novak takes it, I don't think Rafi has a chance
Looks like a great match in the making.
On another note, what's the over/under on how many times Rafa picks at his ass in this match?
Djokovic is just dominating Nadal right now. His returns are just nasty and he's barely missing on his groundstrokes. The fact that the match is still close is pretty crazy becuse Nadal is getting worked.
Just took the 3rd set in a dominant way. Looks like he will win, I hope another Novak wins today in C'Bus.
This is a lot of fun to watch. Nadal will seemingly take control of a point and then Djokovic will just punch right back and take control. It's pretty unbelievable with Nadal on the other side there.
Joining in progress at 8 AM :)
Good to hear Fowler doing PBP
seems like Djokovic got a little too aggressive there in the 4th set breaker. Hoping to see him pull it out in the 5th.
Djokovic all of the sudden with tons of errors. Nadal is slowly taking control it seems. Novak is really going to regret not breaking 0-40 in the 4th set it looks like. Amazing how 5 set tennis matches change like this so often.
Woke up about 20 minutes ago, realized it was still on. These guys are good, wow.
Is that Vlade Divac sitting with Novak's family?
yes, and that is awesome,
Also...ESPN keeps saying this is the longest final in Men's Grand Slam history. Didn't the Wimbeldon match a few years ago that went to ~80 games in the fifth set beat this?
It was an early round match.
had 30 games in the fifth set, about 80 games total for the match. I guess in terms of actual time thought it might have been shorter.
Wiki says that match was over 4 hours, so I'd assume it's less than the almost 6 hours we have in this match.
I thought you were referring to the Mahut vs. Isner match. But yeah, from what I see on Wikipedia, the Roddick vs. Federer match was shorter than the current matchup based on time, even though it's longer based on games.
that Wimbledon is played on grass courts, which mean much shorter points. Typically, you expect clay courts to have the longest rallies (and matches), then hardcourt, then grass.
Just realized that vlade divac is in djokovic's box. Now im really pulling for him. Vlade is awesome.
I'm not the biggest fan of tennis but this match is pretty damn good. For me it's right up there with Federer/Nadal from Wimbledon '08 as the best match that I have watched.
For as tired as Djoko is, Nadal isn't getting any easy points on serve. Evert time he goes to the slice backhand on serve, I feel like he's ceding the point.
Also, I hate Djokovic.
...and he loses the championship on a slice backhand. It's a shot of weakness and defeat.
its not over yet, although its close. i wonder if bluebarron and blue dragon are still up
What a great match, cant leave my couch. I need to go work out!
By far the best tennis match I've ever seen. Nadal has done a hell of job to keep himself in it and he was up a break in the 5th set, too.
Very glad I got watch almost all of the match.
His girlfriend or whoever that blonde is might be the most gorgeous woman I've seen in my life.
I honestly think Rafa's girl is hotter.
break point? let's go rafa
Don't usually watch Grand Slam finals but this was a good one. Almost 6 hours.
Congrats to Novak.
It's amazing how psychology works at the highest level of tennis. Federer just plain misses the same shots against Rafa that he makes against anyone else. Rafa is the same with Djokovic--he doesn't make the same errors against Federer that you saw today and in last years finals against Djokovic. Djokovic did have a mental hurdle against Federer, but I think last year's U.S. semifinal did a lot to eliminate that.
On a side: I don't know if Federer can recover from this tournament to win another major. He was playing great, in form, and still got smacked down by Rafa. He's had so many major event opportunities to restore some of what Rafa has taken from him, but he fails time after time after time. I didn't think he'd be able to pull himself together after the 2009 Aussie, but he won a couple more majors still. I think he's done at this point, though. He's got the psychological block against both Rafa and Djokovic now. He can keep beating up the Andy Murrays and Roddicks of the world, but no more majors for Fed.
I think Roger wont win another major. Only way for him is to have Djoker and Rafa eliminated somehow. The one handed backhand let him down. Although, it has gotten better.
I think Federer could pull out one more major like Sampras did. I agree that he looks done, but if things come together right for him, he could do it. I'm guessing it will take an injury and/or some weird upsets, but Federer has the ability. It is weird seeing him fall like he has. He used to be the perfect player, but now he has spurts where he's perfect and spurts where he's terrible. If he gets on a run, then I think he could pull a major championship together.
Its amazes me that Roger has not had a major injury, he is so well conditioned. Novak reminds me of the same. He can roll from here.
I've asked this before on this site, and I'll ask it again:
Does anyone without a personal connection to the man or, more abstractly, to Serbia or to douch, actually like Novak Djokovic? I find him utterly unlikeable and with nary a redeeming quality. If someone feels otherwise, I would be extremely interested in your insights.
I am curious. I didnt like him early on. Now my view has changed a little. His talent level is amazing. And he has seemed to be more likeable, not as arrogant as before. Why do you not like him?
I guess he still just seems like that petulant child that made those snotty remarks after beating Andy Roddick at the U.S. in 2008. His on-court antics annoy me. It bothers me how he always exaggerates injuries. He never seems truly gracious about anything--his recently developed maturity comes across as manufactured. When his true emotions come out on-court, he still acts like a brat.
Maybe I'm a traditionalist with tennis (I definitely hold tennis players to a different standard of conduct than any other athletes), and I've defintely been spoiled by the character of Federer and Nadal. It's hard to match their poise and attitude. It bothers me all the more that Djokovic has turned the table on such great champions as them.
With great people and talents like Federer and Nadal (and, in the next tier, Del Potro and Tsonga) out there, I just don't know why anyone would throw their support behind Djokovic. Brian Phillips at Grantland wrote a positive article on him recently, but I don't see it at all.
I'm not so sure we can talk up Nadal's character. There have been allegations of PED use on his part that seem credible.
Federer is super classy, but he had some issues. I think it was a language gap. Some people were sick of his honesty. Roger's rep is top notch. I remember this year against DelPo, there was a challenge in which DelPo actually said to Fed, if you think you had a shot, lets replay the point. the chair was ready to give Del Po the point. It was interesting that his fellow players have such a high regard for him.
I think Novak is seeing that and his repsect factor has gotten better.
Well, poor Fed stands no chance in the significant-other department. I think Rafa is right there with Djokovic, though.
I was watching a Fed-Nadal match a couple of years ago with a tennis-ignorant female friend, and when they flashed Mirka on screen, she yelled out, "Oh, come on! That's ridiculous!"
Are you serious? Djokovic is the total package. He has a great personality, tremendous respect for the game his opponents, fans, and is a straight up baller. Addresses the crowd in the native language of the country hosting the tournaments during his post game speeches. What else are you looking for? What is\was so great about Nadal, Federer, Samprass, or McEnroe?