The AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Fairytale Ending to this years Open
Federer beats Nadal in 5 seesaw sets
Federer came out strong in the first set, brimming with confidence, hitting precision shots and slamming Nadals backhand. Nadals survival instinct was provoked and he nailed the second set as Roger flounded. This was the blueprint of the game.
Federer excelled when he was successful and Rafael rose when he was being beaten. Federers game fall apart on the defensive, however he served some beauties that switched him on again. On the home run Federer was on fire.
6-4 5-6 6-1 3-6 6-3
How it unfolded in the Summer of 2017
It’s on ! A Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Mens Final.
Looking back at the 2009 Final when the younger Federer and Nadal met at the Australian Open final it was a colossal game that went to 5 sets, with Nadal the victor.
Can Federer break Nadal’s survival mindset.
With hand on heart, Venus states proudly ; “That’s my little sister…your win has always been my win ”
Serena Williams beat her sister convincingly in 2 sets. Venus held back her tears as she watched her younger sibling and rival take the limelight and hold up the AO trophy.
Nadal in the final!
Rafa Nadal’s win over Girgor Dimitrov was a battle of wills. Both showed up to a fierce combat with Dimitrov determined to win and Nadal determined not to lose. With a sliver of greater determination Nadal grasped the victory and collapsed in sheer exhaustion. Wearily they embraced each other in recognition of the others ability.
6-3 5-7 7-6 6-7 6-4
Venus upsets Coco’s run
Both players are in disbelief, Coco Vandeweghe is shocked to have lost and Venus Williams is elated to be in the finals.
Federer overcomes Wawrinka
7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3
Stan Wawrinka broke his racket over his leg in frustration as Roger Federer glided into the third set with ease. It seemed as though he hurt his leg in the feat and took some time off the court for treatment. Federer waited.
The ‘time out’ worked in Wawrinkas favour and he went on to win the 3rd and 4th sets as Federer broke his rhythm and played a string of wild shots. This time Federer needed a break and took some time out for off the court care.
Federer came back to the court re-focused and stole back the momentum to win in 5 sets.
The ‘Old Guard’ emerges on top
Rafael Nadal has a battery that just wont give up. He goes to work each day with sheer will and determination against some formidable competition. If Nadal has been rowing hard upstream to make it to the final, Roger Federer has been sailing on a strong wind in his favour.
Serena Williams is swinging ‘all the way’, who can stop her? Maybe her older sister.
Women’s and men’s Top seeds toppled.
Both top seeds have been defeated before the Quarter finals. Angelique Kerber had a convincing loss against Coco Vanderweghe in 3 sets whist Andy Murry battled it out in 4 sets with Misha Zverev, ranked 50. 7-5. 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
Istomin defeats Djokovic
The King is out of the tournament, Novak Djokovic is beaten after a major upset, losing to 117th ranked Denis Istomin. The match was short of 5 hours, a matinee that turned into the a 7.30 game.
“Mum you did a good job” Isomin thanks his coach.
Seppi defeats Kyrgios
The passionate dual between Andreas Seppi and Nick Kyrgios eclipsed expectations as the cocky Aussie fell under the disdain of Italy’s champion.Its was the male version of last years Women’s final were intimidation was brought down by sheer determination.
The epic story unfolded in 5 rounds which lasted over 3 hours, a story of physical brute , unsettled emotions and mental will.
To the merit of Kyrgios he is self coached and attempts to have a balanced life within the dictatorship of the tennis world. He tends to live in the moment, without being answerable. The press had a field day of speculation, picking at his fallen remains, as the Australian simmered and honoured his opponents game.
by April Forward