Australian Tennis Open at Melbourne Park is currently on its 3rd round. I’ve just watched (on tv) the match between Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, the 11th seed and Australia’s Jelena Dokic where Dokic won 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Yes! Australia’s prodigal daughter is back. After a falling out with tennis Australia and leaving the country in 2001, Dokic is back and the whole nation is embracing her. She may have been branded a persona non-grata back then but all is forgiven now. The crowd at Rod Laver Arena in her last two matches were very supportive of her.
Full match report can be read here.
Hopefully she will go on to win more matches and improve her world ranking. Good luck to her.
The Swiss master still reigns.
It took him five sets to overcome the powerful hitting of Nadal, but nevertheless Federer came out victorious at the end of the Wimbledon championship. The victory was yet another crowning moment for the champ who has just re-written tennis history after winning his fifth straight titles in the most prestigious Grand Slam event.
Bjorn Borg, whose record of five wins in a row was equalled by Federer has only glowing praises for him. “To watch him play is like watching an artist,” said Borg. “He can stay back, he can come in, no weaknesses. I believe if he can stay the way he is, can stay away from injuries, stay motivated, I think he will be the greatest player ever to play the game.” Borg, along with John MacEnroe and Jim Connors were at the Royal box watching as Federer and Nadal battled it out at the centre court.
Federer now begins the pursuit of Pete Sampras record total of seven titles. It was Federer’s 11th grand slam total overall putting him at fifth on the all-time list with Bill Tilden and nudging him closer to Sampras’s record total of 14.
But the win didn’t come easy at all. Federer has to dig deeper than ever before. Nadal pushed him real hard relenting only after requiring treatment for a knee injury. Having again crushed Federer’s hopes of winning the French Open this year, Nadal has improved his grass court play to suggest he is closing the gap that has existed between them on every other surface than clay where he has recorded seven of his eight victories over the Federer. He had taken Federer into a fifth set for the first time in his 12 grand slam finals.
Not being able to crack Nadal, Federer looked so frustrated. He displayed his obvious disapproval of the HawkEye when in the fourth set, Nadal challenged a call and the HawkEye showed a shot he believed was out. He cursed and complained to the chair umpire saying that it’s killing him and it should be turned off.
A class on his own, Federer continues to rewrite almost every grand slam record except for the Roland Garros where Nadal is King. But with Nadal improving and maturing, Federer’s reign might just end soon.
Might….but hopefully not too soon.
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