On January 29th 2017, Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open. This tournament was a historic one with upsets and drama along the way.
When the Australian Open started, audiences were hopeful for a high-quality tournament experience. They got what they wanted. On the road to the finals, fans saw upsets and records broken. This tournament is one to remember.
With Denis Istomin facing two-time defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, hopes were not high for the Uzbek. However, Denis showed his superior athleticism and took down former world no.1 Novak Djokovic. This also opened opportunities for Rafael Nadal, who would reach the final only to lose to rival Federer.
Mischa Zverev defeats Andy Murray
Mischa Zverev was faced with the same situation as Denis Istomin. He was facing the famous Brit Andy Murray who was world no.1. But he did not let this falter him as he himself battled it out with the Brit and won in a tiring four-setter that ended with him as the champion of the match.
German No.1 of the WTA, Angelique Kerber seemed as if she was en-route to another Australian Open final but Coco Vandeweghe stopped this as she took her out in straight sets. She had also taken out Genie Bouchard in the previous round. This upset led her to face Venus who she would later lose to.
Roger wins his 18th
Known as a legend to his fans, Roger Federer overcame the doubts and uncertainties after an injury leave and quickly got back into action. He took out his opponents no matter what came his way. He beat Kei in a five-setter, Wawrinka in a five-setter and guess what…he beat Nadal in a five-setter to win his 18th Grand Slam!
The Williams Sisters Rivalry
The last time Serena and Venus faced in a final was in 2009 at Wimbledon. Both have the heart of fire and the match was one to watch with Serena eventually winning 6-4, 6-4. With this victory, Serena finally passed Steffi Graff and is now one away from Margaret Court in terms of grand slam titles.
What’s next for the pro players of the ATP and WTA? The French Open will debut in March with their infamous clay courts. For the next two months, the players will have to prepare themselves for a whole new court. Look for Rafa to continue his dominance on his surface.