The Men’s champion-Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic outlasted Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in a memorable match lasting 5 hours 53 minutes.
The men’s final showed what a superhuman effort is needed to win the title in this current era and this final will forever be remembered as the longest and arguably one of the greatest finals ever. Still there appears to be a two horse race that we have seen in the last three grand slams and Djokovic has won all the three show downs against his closest rival Rafael Nadal. The next few months will prove to be a huge test for Nadal as he needs to turn the rivalry around sooner than later after losing seven straight matches. Else we could see this going the same way as Nadal Vs Federer. Federer was too stubborn to change his game plan against Nadal and Nadal was going the same way last year. However we did some positive signs that he is tinkering with his game-Nadal needs to go to the net more as he cannot win the baseline duels with Novak with their games stacked up as it is currently.
Also we have also seen Murray seemingly close the gap with a very close fought encounter against Djokovic. Nadal played his fourth consecutive grand slam final winning one and losing the last three finals in the process becoming the first person in the Open Era to lose three consecutive finals. Federer made the semifinals yet again while there were some good performances from Tomas Berdych and Bernard Tomic who reached the quarterfinal and fourth round respectively.
Women’s Champion-Victoria Azarenka
22 year old Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 in the final. We have seen the birth of a new champion in Azarenka who has finally rid herself of her inner demons that had plagued her in the past. There has been a big change in the rankings with No.3 Azarenka moving to No.1 while Caroline Wozniacki the incumbent fell to No.4 while Sharapova moves up one spot to No.3 and Kvitova stays at No.2. Wozniacki will now see lesser pressure on her as she doesn’t have to defend her No.1 ranking without winning a grand slam title.
Kim Clijsters may have played her last Australian Open and put up a good show losing to Azarenka in a tough three setter. Serena Williams was affected by health issues but was completely outplayed by Ekaterina Makarova. Things could get tougher for the Williams sisters as they head towards the twilight of their career.
Men’s Doubles- Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek beat Mike and Bob Bryan 7-6(1), 6-2 who were looking to win a record 12th Grand slam titles. Currently the Bryan twins have won 11 titles joint with the Woodies and one behind the duo of John Newcombe and Tony Roche. 38 year old Leander Paes completed the Career Doubles slam while Stepanek won his first grand slam doubles title. The unseeded pair became the first team in Open Era to beat the Top 3 seeds at the Australian Open in the same tournament.
Women’s Doubles- Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva
Last minute pairing of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva won the title beating the Italian duo of Errani and Roberta Vinci 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. They had a good comeback win after the Italian pair looked like they were on their way to victory after winning the first set.
Mixed Doubles- Bethanie Mattek Sands and Horia Tecau
We saw first time winners in Bethanie Mattek Sands and Horia Tecau beating Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 5-7, 10-3. Mattek-Sands and Tecau were looking at an easy win at 63 42 but Vesnina and Paes rallied to push it to the tie breaker which was dominated by Mattek-Sands and Tecau.
Boys- Luke Saville
Australian Luke Saville who reached the Australian junior boys’ final in 2011 won the title this year with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 final victory over Filip Peliwo, of Canada. Saville who is ranked No.1 in the juniors had earlier won the 2011 Wimbledon boys’ trophy last July.
Girls- Taylor Townsend
15-year-old Taylor Townsend won the girl’s title beating Yulia Putintseva of Russia in three sets 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Seeded 14th Townsend has a very good attacking net game that is a rarity among tennis players currently. The young American is the youngest ever to win the title since Donald young six years ago.
Adam Pavlasek of Czech Republic and Filip Veger Croatia beat 6th seeded British pairing of Liam Broady and Joshua Ward-Hibbert 6-3, 6-2.
US pair Gabrielle Andrews and Taylor Townsend beat the top seeds Irina Khromacheva of Russia and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 5-7, 7-5, 10-6. With this win, Taylor Townsend completed a double having earlier won the girls’ singles.
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