Last night my husband and I were hooked on watching the Australian Open a match between Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco, it was almost 1:00 am and they are still playing..
World No.1 Rafael Nadal entered the record books and his first Australian Open men's singles final after emerging triumphant from the longest match in the tournament's history.
Nadal advanced to Sunday night's final against Roger Federer with a five hour, 14 minute semi-final win over 14th seed Fernando Verdasco.
It took a five-set epic to separate the two Spaniards, who arm-wrestled from Friday evening into early Saturday morning on Rod Laver Arena before Nadal triumphed 6-7 (7-4) 6-4 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (7-1) 6-4.
The match beat the previous longest Open encounter between Boris Becker and Italian Omar Camporese in 1991, a third round match which lasted five hours and 11 minutes.
Cruelly, this semi-final ended with a Verdasco double fault - a ill-fitting end to a classic.
Both players matched each other in intensity and shot-making throughout - the game turning on a handful of points.
Each dominated one tie-break and while errors, double faults and service breaks were few, winners were brilliant and plentiful.
Both players held serve throughout the fourth set to force yet another tie-break, before it was Verdasco's turn to dominate, reeling off five winners to win it 7-1 and force a deciding fifth set.
"I need to be proud of the tournament, the level I played tonight," Verdasco said.
"We both played unbelievable. In five sets he is one of the toughest players and I was there all the time. I will have this match with me for the rest of my life."
Nadal's victory sets up a dream final against Federer.
The two great rivals have fought out six of the past 11 grand slam finals, with Nadal holding a 4-2 edge over Federer in major deciders. source Yahoo 7