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Feb 1, 2012

World's media salutes Novak after historic Australian Open win!

   Here is the world's media reaction to Nole's super-human effort over Nadal in one of the most greatest Gran Slam finals ever!
" Djokovic pulls off miracle to win marathon battle "
   The manner in which Djokovic withstood Nadal's passionate rally in the fourth set and came from 2-4 down in the fifth set, was incredible. Somehow, on jelly legs, Djokovic out-fought the game's greatest fighter to the final point. We started this tournament with talk of a Big Four or, more reasonably given Andy Murray remains a grand slam maiden, a Big Three. Surely, eventually, we finished with a Big One.

Richard Hinds, Sydney Morning Herald
" Victory cry: Djokovic wins Championship in epic thriller "
   " The Serb relentlessly pounded Nadal's second serve to expose gaping holes in the Spaniard's defence to land his fifth major, joining Andre Agassi. Roger Federer and Mats Wilander as the only men to win three or more Australian crowns since 1968. In much the same way Nadal relishes his stroke-for-stroke match-up with Federer,Djokovic exerts a similar thrall over Nadal."

Leo Schlink, Australian Herald Sun
" Djokovic Superhuman "
  He is the king of the circuit, the number 1 in the world, the true ruler of tennis right now.

David Menayo, Spain's Marca
" Djokovic tops Nadal in five sets "
   It was not just the ticking clock or the grand occasion that made it special. It was the quality, both defensive and offensive, under duress, and though the strain was evident on their faces, above all Djokovic’s with his slightly vacant gaze, it was not nearly so evident once the ball was in play.

Christopher Clarey, New York Times
" Wizard of OZ "
   Novak Djokovic ripped off his shirt and let out a primal scream, flexing his torso the way a prize fighter would after a desperate, last-round knockout.
This was the final act in Djokovic's victory over Rafael Nadal – a sweat-drenched, sneaker-squeaking 5 hour, 53-minute endurance contest that ended at 1:37 am Monday morning in Melbourne.

John Pye, Huffington Post

   John Lloyd, former British number one & BBC Sport commentator: “ Incredible. The greatness we talked about last year but this match was the most important of Djokovic's career. To beat who he beat after playing Murray in the semi-final and being a break down in the fifth. The amount of respect he will have gained from the other players having gone toe-to-toe with Nadal with that level of exhaustion. Definitely the greatest match he's ever played. ”
   Frew McMillan, a former professional male tennis player who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, in 1992, now a tennis commentator for Eurosport, said : " He's got the heart of a superman and the mind of a genius. "
   Jon Wertheim, Novak Djokovic defends as champion, but that's the least of it. Winning two titanic battles in succession -- one over Andy Murray, and the absolute epic against Rafael Nadal -- completely re-frames his entire career. We keep talking about this golden age in men's tennis. What do we say about the man who has won four of the last five major events in this unparalleled era?

  SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official WebSite
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