Novak Djokovic: The 2012 AO final against Rafael Nadal was unbelievable and historic



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Novak Djokovic: The 2012 AO final against Rafael Nadal was unbelievable and historic

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said becoming a Grand Slam champion was "very fulfilling" because it was his childhood dream. Djokovic, 34, captured his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2008 Australian Open after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final.

Djokovic has 20 Grand Slams and he is tied on the second place with Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list. "I always wanted to become a Grand Slam champion. I dreamt of it when I was a kid and I worked towards the goal with my family and close ones.

My whole family was there at the 2008 Australian Open final -- both my brothers and my parents," Djokovic said in his interview with Eurosport, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "They gave me unconditional love and support, so it was a very fulfilling moment and definitely a dream come true."

Djokovic on the 2012 Australian Open final

Djokovic and Rafael Nadal delivered one of the greatest Grand Slam finals when they met in the final at Melbourne Park in 2012.

Djokovic edged out Nadal 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-5 in the final that lasted five hours and 53 minutes. "I remember [the 2012 Australian Open final against Rafa] very well. It was draining, it was historic. It was probably the most exciting and the most unbelievable match that I was ever part of.

Rafa is a great rival and a great warrior and it was one of the nights that I will always remember," Djokovic said. Djokovic admitted it was hard for him during the trophy ceremony. "We were both stretching here, and kind of cramping in the ceremony.

We had a couple of chairs and we sat down, the first and only time I've ever done that. It really required a lot of energy, a lot of effort from us both to get there and it was a true honor to be part of such a competitive match," Djokovic added.

Djokovic didn't play at this year's Australian Open. Nadal played and won a record 21st Grand Slam title.