All Hail The King!
Sunday, 31st of January was a day filled with a lot anticipation and anxiety. Would the world see a new champion being born? Or would the king continue his reign?
We got the results in less than 3 hours, when Roger Federer once again claimed the Australian Open title :D.
For the benefit of those who don’t follow tennis, The Australian Open is the first of four Grand Slams played throughout the year. It is a hard court tournament. The second is Roland Garros on clay followed by the most popular Wimbledon on grass and finally the U.S. Open once again on hard court.
Contesting his 22nd career Grand Slam singles final, Roger Federer current World No. 1, collected his 16th major title with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(13-11) win over No. 5 seed Andy Murray at the Australian Open this Sunday. The 28-year-old Swiss master, appearing in his 18th final from the past 19 Grand Slam events, notched his fifth win over Murray out of 11. Federer becomes the fifth man to win at least four Australian Open titles (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010) and only the second to do so at Melbourne Park alongside Andre Agassi.
Federer has enjoyed a marvelous career, which is quite apparent as he is a record holder for maximum Grand Slam titles. Also his versitality on different surfaces remains unmatched. Jimmy Connors had once said, “In an era of specialists, you’re either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard court specialist…or you’re Roger Federer.”
The last couple of years somehow showed a dip in his performance, more so after his loss in Wimbledon 2008 to rival Rafael Nadal. However, there came a turn around when he finally won the elusive Roland Garros in 2009, and simultaneously broke Pete Sampras’ maximum titles record and also completed a career Grand Slam.
On the other hand, Andy Murray was on his way to become the first of his country to win a Grand Slam. The 1936 U.S. Open was the last title taken home by a Brit. Just as Federer fought back tears during last year’s trophy presentation after his harrowing five-set loss to Nadal, Murray was overcome during his speech on-court. “I can cry like Roger, it’s a shame I can’t play like him,” he joked ;).
Andy Murray has proved to be an extremely promising player, one to watch out for. It is not going to be too long before he succeeds.
Also, India’s Leander Paes won the mixed doubles title at the Open with partner Cara Black from Zimbabwe. This was Paes’ 11th major title overall. Quite a feat isn’t it? 😀