Tennis’ GOAT’S Prove Their Worth In Melbourne

Feb 1, 2017

What an amazing fortnight of Grand Slam tennis we all witnessed in Melbourne, Australia, what was even more amazing is that the respective male and female tennis GOAT both ended up winning their respective singles championship, Roger Federer claimed Grand Slam title No.18 when he defeated his longtime nemesis Rafael Nadal in a classic and thrilling five set men’s final while Serena Williams broke the Open era record of Steffi Graf with her 23rd Grand Slam singles title with a straight sets victory over her brave sister Venus Williams, both Federer and Williams have surely now put to rest the debate about who is the Greatest Of All Time among each gender.

Federer’s achievement in winning his fifth Australian Open is simply remarkable, the Swiss Maestro is 35 years of age and took a hiatus from the game after Wimbledon last year to rest and recuperate a knee problem, he played reasonably well at the Hopman Cup teams event in Perth in early January but nobody, not even him, would have expected the great man to roll his way through the draw to not only make the final but then go on and win it, the fact it was against Rafa made it even sweeter for all those Federer fans but wasn’t Nadal so gracious in defeat, the sight of another major Fedal final had all tennis fans eagerly anticipating another great contest and the two great champions produced the goods once again.

Serena’s achievement of winning her seventh AO title was kind of overshadowed by Roger’s remarkable performance in Melbourne, but the Grand Slam queen proved once again that if she is in the singles draw then she is usually the player to beat, Williams is now only one major win away from the great Margaret Court who sits on 24 major titles, Court didn’t play in the Open era of course but Serena will surely have No.24 and then No.25 in her sights before she decides to hang up her playing gear, if she can win another one or two majors that will just add to her already legendary status in the game, Williams is now considered to be the greatest woman to have ever played the game but she will no doubt want to back that fact up with another couple of major trophies before she brings down the curtain on her career.

So now we sit back and reflect on a wonderful two weeks of Grand Slam tennis in Australia, what a privilege it was to watch these great players grace the centre court on Rod Laver Arena, will it be the last time we see a Fedal final in a major championship, most likely, will it be the last time we see an all Williams affair in a major women’s final. most probably, what we got to witness in Melbourne these past few weeks has taken us back in time somewhat but one thing is for certain, most tennis fans will always fondly remember the Australian Open of 2017.

Written by: Tono

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