First of all a thank you is in order for Novak Djokovic. No, not for beating Rafael Nadal in the longest ever Grand Slam final or for giving us one of the best sporting matches ever (or actually a bit for that too along with Rafa) but for pushing the Spaniard to become an even better player than he was even when he was winning everything. Well, almost everything.
The six hour epic on Sunday night was witnessed by a large population and sadly the only thing that many took home was the statistic of Nadal ending up second best to Djokovic for the third successive time in a Grand Slam final and for the seventh consecutive time in a final overall. They failed to see the many amazing things Rafa managed to achieve in the due course of not just that defeat but through the Australian Open in reply to every loss that Novak has put him through.
Not only is the hunger, motivation and passion that Nadal admitted to missing last year back but the weaponry has also become deadlier. Nadal has always been more of a wear, tear and dare sort of a player than ace, dictate the pace and race to the finish kind. It probably explains why Nadal has been a constant in most marathon matches in recent times - plenty of which, by the way, are sure to go down as classics in tennis history.