If you have spent any time on this page, or if you are a tennis friend of mine, you know that in recent years I have bemoaned the fact that modern men’s tennis had become characterized by wars of attrition.
By that I mean long matches, played exclusively from the baseline by two players with similar styles, with the result hinging more on physical fitness than racket skill. Back in 2012, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal — the two men who, along with Andy Murray, most epitomize the war of attrition approach to tennis — played a six hour final in the Australian Open. Djokovic won that particular match in a spectacle that tested the endurance of player and fan alike. The more your shoes squeak, the more you grunt, the more you run, the more you win. Here they are at the conclusion of that match: