“Crazy. Definitely one of the toughest matches I've ever played in my life, regardless what tournament, what category, what level, what player. It's unbelievable,” declared the exhausted 36-year-old.
“From the beginning 'til the end we've both been through so much, so many ups and downs, highs and lows, incredible points, poor games, heat strokes, coming back.
“Just overall, one of the toughest and most exciting matches I was ever part of and these are the kinds of moments and matches that I continue to work for day in day out.
"I was never in doubt that I can deliver the 'A' game when it mattered the most and I'm just thrilled.”
Converting his fifth championship point, Djokovic levelled his head-to-head at 2-2 with the never-say-die Spaniard.
"Boy, you never give up," quipped the Serbian in the trophy presentation. The respect is palpable.