Greatest men's tennis finals

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport

Novak Djokovic's record-breaking five-set Australian Open win over Rafael Nadal will be talked about for years to come.

The mesmerising match lasted an energy-sapping five hours and 53 minutes and finished at 0137 local time. It is the longest final in Grand Slam history.

Many are already describing the match as the greatest-ever men's major final. Do you agree? Tweet #bbctennisexternal-link and join the debate.

Below are some of the other great men's Grand Slam finals.

WIMBLEDON 2008 <br> Nadal 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (8-10) 9-7 Federer

This match was simply incredible.

Roger Federer owned Wimbledon. The Swiss was going for a sixth successive crown and had beaten the Spaniard in both the 2006 and 2007 finals, with many expecting the number one seed to secure the hat-trick.

Nadal had swept Federer aside a few weeks earlier to win his fourth consecutive French Open - but that was on his favoured clay.

He had, however, won his first title on grass when he defeated Novak Djokovic 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 in the Queen's final - the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event.

After a 35-minute rain delay, Nadal raced out of the blocks taking the first set and Federer was looking a broken man when, after leading the second set 4-1, he lost the next five games.

A shock early finish seemed likely as Nadal was now two sets up and at 0-40 on the Federer serve in the third with the scores at 3-3.

But, back came the world number one. He took the set, which was interrupted by an 80-minute rain stoppage, on a tie-break. Federer then saved two match points during the fourth set tie-break before levelling the contest.

Who would deliver the final blow? In the 15th game of the final set, which was broken up by yet another rain delay, Federer saved three break points before he hit a forehand long.

Nadal served for the match and finally landed his first Wimbledon title when Federer put a forehand into the net. The match ended in near darkness, at 2115 BST and, at four hours and 48 minutes, it was the longest Wimbledon men's singles final.

FRENCH OPEN 1984<br> Lendl 3-6 2-6 6-4 7-5 7-5 McEnroe

The plot of this final was pure Hollywood.

American John McEnroe was Djokovic-esque at this stage in his career. He had arrived at the Roland Garros final unbeaten in 42 matches.

He was the clear favourite to beat Czech Ivan Lendl, who had yet to win a Slam, and pick up his first ever French Open crown.

It was all going to script. McEnroe, who had won five majors by this stage, took the first two sets with relative ease.

But the American's rage, on occasions his aid, was this time his undoing. At 1-1 and 0-30 in the third set, the noise coming from the headset of the cameraman nearby finally proved too much of an irritant for the player, who went over and shouted into the headset of the operator.

Both players broke each other in the third before Lendl secured the set.

The Czech player's confidence grew while McEnroe began to look more tired. The American was a break up in the fourth but was broken back before Lendl broke him again in the 11th and levelled the match.

And McEnroe's collapse was complete in the decider, when serving at 5-6 the serve-and-volley expert fired a volley wide.

WIMBLEDON 1980<br> Borg 1-6 7-5 6-3 6-7(16-18) 8-6 McEnroe

The cool Swede v Superbrat.

Bjorn Borg, the supreme athlete and a tennis pin-up, was going for his fifth successive Wimbledon crown and his third French Open/Wimbledon double on the bounce.

The man was a machine but was made to look like a spare part when John McEnroe breezed through the first set, taking it 6-1.

The American, who was booed by the crowd as he entered Centre Court because of his angry exchanges with officials during the semi-final against Jimmy Connors, then found himself on the backfoot as Borg fought back to take the next two sets.

But the real drama was to come. In the fourth set, the mop-haired McEnroe saved two match points at 5-4 down with two brilliant volleys.

Then came that tie-break. It was 20 minutes of the most tense tennis ever played on a Wimbledon court.

McEnroe had seven set points and Borg five more match points, four on his own serve. The gutsy New Yorker saved all of those and eventually took one of his chances to level the match.

But it was Borg who came away triumphant again, after three hours and 53 minutes, when he broke his nemesis in the 14th game of the decider with a flashing backhand.

WIMBLEDON 2001<br> Ivanisevic 6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7 Rafter

The People's Final was epic in many ways.

It was the first time a Wimbledon final had begun on the third Monday because of the rain delays that had forced the semi-final between Croat wildcard Goran Ivanisevic and Briton Tim Henman to be played over three days.

It was named "The People's Final" because 10,000 tickets were made available on a first-come first-served basis.

The queues for tickets began at about 0500 BST on Sunday after the All England Club had announced the historic decision to start the contest in the third week.

The atmosphere was the most raucous ever heard inside Centre Court, with Australians, including the national cricket team, supporting Pat Rafter, chanting for their man and many of the rest responding with cries of "Goran".

There were also several celebrities in attendance, including Hollywood star Jack Nicholson.

The tennis needed to complement the occasion and it did not disappoint.

The lanky, colourful Ivanisevic, who had been the Wimbledon bridesmaid in three previous finals, broke Rafter straight away before going on to take the first set.

Rafter responded in similar style in the second set when he finally broke the big serve of the Croat and then levelled the match.

The pair shared the next two sets, with Ivanisevic's rage coming to the fore in the fourth when he threw his racquet, kicked the net and swore at the umpire when a double fault gave Rafter the all-important break.

But he regained his composure in the fifth and broke Rafter in the 15th game before finally breaking his Wimbledon curse in the 16th by converting his fourth Championship point.

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