Hall of Fame
Two of my favorite finals of the Australian Open. 2012 was a marathon slug fest with lots of changes in momentum between who wanted it so bad, their legs started to give. 2009 was the perfect mesh of two distinct styles that brought out all angles and dimensions of the court. I appreciate the tennis more in the 09 final. Some of the shots both players hit. Especially Nadal, he hit some outrages passing and shots, and who could forget that one point, fed hits an incredible defensive squash shot, Nadal somehow gets it back with a defense slice while sliding on a hardcourt as if it were clay, then finishes the point with a forehand dtl forehand . Shame Feds level dropped so the 5th set was a disappointment.
2012 final was high quality but it was more about the drama, much the same way the wimbledon final gets overrated quality wise. If im watching the full match live, then 2012 final was a better experience because of the intensity in the 5th set. In 2009 you knew once Fed screwed up all those earlier break points and Nadal broke straight away in the 5th, it was over . I believe that Federer did not have the belief he could beat Nadal anymore if matches went to a 5th set. I think that he still had the belief that his peak level was enough to beat Nadal, but that he would not be able to keep it up in a 5th set due to the intense physical style of play Nadal employs. I go with 2009 for the higher quality of tennis, but if you factor in qualities like drama and momentum, 2012 was a better match. In 2012 it was about who wanted more in the end, and Djokovic prevailed with his pre- Pepe Imaz mentality. I thought for a moment when Nadal was able to make Djokovic collapse out of exhaustion, that he would outlast Djokovic.