Federer and Williams beat Rivals in the Finals of the Australian Open
Roger Federer has successfully won the 2017 Australian Open as he took down Rafael Nadal in the men’s finals at the Melbourne Park on Saturday the 28th of January. For the first time since 2010, Federer won his 18th Grand Slam singles title thus proving to the world that he is still one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
The 35-year-old won a five-set faceoff, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Roger earned his first Grand Slam title in Wimbledon in 2012 which makes this win that much sweeter. Beating a rival like Nadal wasn’t an easy task. To have gotten this far for both players was also an accomplishment on its own as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic beat both of them in 2016.
“I’m out of words; I’d like to congratulate Rafa on an amazing comeback. I don’t think either of us believed we’d be in the final of the Australian Open when we were at your academy four or five months ago, but here we stand. Tennis is a tough sport – there are no draws. But if there was one, I would have been happy to accept a draw with Rafa tonight, really,” Federer said after receiving the trophy from Rod Laver.
It was also a Williams showdown of note as Serena Williams beat her sister Venus Williams winning her seventh Australian Open. Serena’s win also set an Open-era record with her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. The 35-year-old was too strong of a competitor for her sister who was a favorite with the crowd as she tried to win a major title for the first time in eight years.
“There’s no way I would be at 23 without her. There’s no way I’d be at one without her. She’s my inspiration. She’s the only reason I’m standing here today. She’s the only reason the Williams sisters exist. Thank you for inspiring me. Every time you won this week, I felt like I got a win too.” Serena was paying tribute to her sister.
Serena Williams is now short of one Grand Slam title, which could see her setting a new record. If Williams achieves it, she will break 18-time Martina Navratilova’s record which at the rate Williams is going could be “shattered” sooner rather than later.