Tennis Greats Turn Back Time In Melbourne

Jan 27, 2017

What an amazing 2017 Australian Open we have witnessed in Melbourne over the past fortnight, who would have predicted two finals from yesteryear with Serena Williams versus Venus Williams up against each other in the women’s singles final and Rafael Nadal versus Roger Federer doing battle once again in the men’s decider, these four greats of the game have certainly turned back time with their impressive performances on Rod Laver Arena and the final chapter of a very memorable Grand Slam tournament will be completed over the next few days.

Serena making the final has certainly been no surprise as the 35 year old American is still at the top of the game, however her older sister Venus making the big showdown is certainly a major surprise as it has been almost 8 years since she was last in a major singles final, although Rafa and Roger have still been playing quality tennis at a very high level as they age, not many tennis fans and experts really thought they would ever meet again in a major singles final, it has been eight years since we saw the Williams sisters and Federer v Nadal in the final of a Grand Slam singles tournament, Serena and Venus squared off in the 2009 Wimbledon final and Roger and Rafa clashed in the final of the 2009 Australian Open, it has certainly been back to the future at the start of the 2017 tennis season.

Serena will be gunning for a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title while older sister Venus (36) will become the oldest women’s singles player to contest the Australian Open women’s singles final, Roger will be shooting for a record 18th Grand Slam singles title and at the age of 35 he will become the oldest Grand Slam singles finalist since Ken Rosewall back in 1974, Rafa will be going for a 15th Grand Slam singles title which would put him alone in second place behind his great rival and fellow AO finalist, there is certainly plenty at stake for all four players over the weekend.

With the two historic and memorable finals just around the corner, we will no doubt see some enthralling tennis once again from these four great players, the question now though as we contemplate the respective singles finals in Melbourne will surely be, is this going to be the last time we see these great champions compete for a major tennis trophy? Time will obviously answer that question but if I had to answer it right now I would say “definitely not”, enjoy the tennis folks!!

Written by: Tono

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