Result: Novak Djokovic wins Australian Open

Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic overcomes the challenge of Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open for the third time in his career.

Novak Djokovic edged out Rafael Nadal in five sets to win the Australian Open for the third time in his career this afternoon.

World number one Djokovic started the encounter slowly and Nadal took full advantage to break at 3-2. However, Djokovic broke back at the earliest opportunity to level up the score at four games all.

With the set looking to be heading for a tie-breaker, Nadal broke Djokovic's serve at the second attempt to take the set 7-5.

However, Djokovic responded positively and took the second set 6-4 with a late break of Nadal's serve.

The third set also went the way of the Serbian, who broke Nadal on two occasions to wrap up a 6-2 success to put him within one set of the title.

Both players traded serves during the fourth set, with Nadal being made to work hard to keep himself level with Djokovic. On one occasion, the Spaniard fought back from 0-40 down on his own serve to take the game.

At 4-4, the pair were forced to leave the court while the roof was closed at the Rod Laver Arena because of persistent rain.

The trend continued when the players returned to the court, as the set headed into a tie-break.

Having claimed an early break, Nadal held his nerve to win the tie-break 7-5 and take the match into a fifth-set decider.

Djokovic's lengthy semi-final match against Andy Murray appeared to catch up with him in the deciding set and he was eventually broken by Nadal, who took a 4-2 lead in the set.

Two-time Aussie Open champion Djokovic refused to be beaten though and broke back at the first time of asking to level up the match at four games apiece.

He then went on to break Nadal once again to open up a 6-5 advantage, before going on to serve out for the championship.

The match, timed at almost six hours, was the longest in the history of the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray11,690
2Serbia Novak Djokovic8,085
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,695
4Switzerland Roger Federer5,125
5Spain Rafael Nadal4,235
6Canada Milos Raonic4,165
7Japan Kei Nishikori4,010
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,565
9Austria Dominic Thiem3,385
10Belgium David Goffin2,975
11France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,915
12Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,880
13Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,870
14Lucas Pouille2,516
15United States Jack Sock2,450
16Australia Nick Kyrgios2,425
17France Gael Monfils2,410
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,145
19Albert Ramos-Vinolas2,135
20Pablo Carreno Busta2,025