Roger Federer: Roger Federer won on Sunday January 29, 2017 his 18th Grand Slam . The Swiss also becomes the oldest player to win the tournament player . In the final he defeated the Spanish Rafa Nadal in an intense match to five sets, with the total score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 . Thus, Federer gets his fifth trophy in Australia, and remains only one of the Serbian Novak Djokovic.
Rafa Nadal – Roger Federer, a Historic Rivalry
Both the Swiss and Spanish came to the tournament with the illusion of recovering sensations and start the season with a good foot. Roger Federer, injured since last summer, had not played a tournament for months due to knee problems. Nadal himself had also been injured the end of the 2016 season, prompting both players reach Melbourne occupying quite delayed positions in the ranking compared to which we are accustomed ( seeded No. 9 Manacor and favorite number 17 the Basel ).
The premature removal of Djokovic (second round) and Andy Murray (second round) , made house tennis fans the possibility that a Grand Slam final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the great masters of tennis repeat Between 2004 and 2011.
Finally, the final dream came. Roger Federer beat compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka in five sets in the semifinals, and Rafa Nadal did the same with Bulgarian Dimitrov, one of the sensations of the current men’s tennis.
The rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal is a milestone in the history of tennis. They have met 35 times , and although the balance is positive for the Spanish tennis player, with 23 wins and 12 losses, this time in Australia was he who turned the knee. Of those 35 clashes, 9 of them have taken place in Grand Slam finals, with six victories for Nadal (four times at Roland Garros, once in Australia and once in Wimbledon), three of Federer (Wimbledon 2006 and 2007 and The recent Australian Open in 2017).
Both players returned to meet face to face in Australia, having spent the entire 2016 without facing, the first year that they do not since they are professionals . The last meeting between the two took place in 2015 in the final of Basel , the Swiss took in three sets.
Federer Gets a Grand Slam Five Years Later
Since claiming his trophy No. 7 at Wimbledon in 2012, the Swiss did not know what was to win a Grand Slam . In recent years he has been close on several occasions: Wimbledon final in 2015 and final at the US Open in 2015. He had also scored success in the Masters Tournament, reaching the finals in 2012, 2014 and 2015, but the Maximum success of these years had been several Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Madrid, Cincinatti or Shangai).
In 2016, the Swiss, after reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon, decided to leave tennis for a few months because of their discomfort . 2016 was also the first year since 2001 in which he could not win a tournament . In the interview after eliminating in Wawrinka semifinals affirmed that he would love to play again with Rafa Nadal, since they had been months before in the academy of the Spaniard in Mallorca and had proposed an exhibition party to him, since it is for the only thing that served in those moments .
Just three months later, Roger Federer returned to the top of tennis, makes history again raising its large number 18 and placed back in the top ten of the ATP .
Rafa Nadal, a Great Finalist
The history of Nadal in recent years is similar to that of Federer. L as injuries have not allowed him to have continuity and only class has allowed him to remain a top player.
Manacor reached its final number 21 Grand Slam intended to stand only two wins away from Federer (to the final, Federer had won 17 GS and Nadal 14). 2016 had been difficult for Nadal, as he had only managed to win a Masters 1000 and at Roland Garros, his favorite tournament, had been eliminated in the third round . After passing the last stretch of the season without being able to dispute due to the injuries, he had fallen to the 9th position of the ranking, not being classified for the first time in 10 years for the Masters Tournament.
The defeat in the end allows the Spanish player position itself as number 6 in the world and, more importantly, makes you gain confidence in itself. If he is able to arrive in this state of form to the ground season, he will once again become the great favorite to win Roland Garros, in what would be his title number 10.
Serena Williams Wins Her Sister In The Women’s Final
And if history has had the male final, no less historic has been the ladies final. The women’s tennis, unfairly treated by many fans, has in Serena Williams one of its most important figures.
The younger of the Williams was in Australia with his title number 23 Grand Slam , the seventh of his career in the southern hemisphere. In the final defeated his sister, winner of seven Grand Slams, 6-4, 6-4. Serena regains the world number 1 of women’s tennis.
Serena got her title number 73 in her sports career. Venus for his part had to settle for being finalist, the final of GS number 15 in his sports career, in which he has already won 49 titles.
The two sisters were not seen in a GS final since Wimbledon 2009, where Serena beat. Previously they faced the US Open in 2001 and 2002, with victory for Venus in 2001 and Serena in 2002.