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Novak Djokovic successfully defended his title, defeating Rafael Nadal in the final 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5-7), 7-5 to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 2012 Australian Open. The final took 5 hours and 53 minutes to complete, which is the longest match in duration in Australian Open history and the longest Grand Slam singles final in duration in the Open Era. This match is considered by many to be among the greatest in tennis history, and marked Nadal's third consecutive Grand Slam final loss against Djokovic, with Nadal becoming the first to lose three Grand Slam finals in a row in the Open Era.