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So, the final match of the 2015 Australian Open has been decided and it will be between world No.1 Novak Djokovic and the current world No.6 Andy Murray, it wasn’t that long ago that Murray was considered as among the big four in men’s tennis, with his impresive run to the men’s singles final in Melbourne during the past fortnight, the 27 year old Scot will soon make a return to the top quartet in men’s tennis and once again be considered one of the big four in the game, he will face off against his long-time Serbian friend and rival Djokovic in the championship decider, the two men have squared off 23 times in their respective career with Djokovic holding a distinct 15-8 advantage currently over Murray, it’s interesting to note that Murray’s two previous Grand Slam victories both came against the Serb, his first in the US Open final of 2012 and his second at Wimbledon in 2013, Novak and Andy have both shown glimpses of their best form on Rod Laver Arena but the champion will be the guy who can summon up their “A” game when it is needed the most.
Djokovic has been the dominant figure in men’s tennis since the end of last season, winning the Paris Masters in Bercy in November before going on to once again be crowned the end of season ATP world No.1 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Murray appears to be over his back issue’s from late 2013 and he now seems poised to make a return to the top echelon of the game, his recovery will no doubt be complete if he wins his more »
We are now down to four women left in the women’s singles championship at the 2015 Australian Open, the respective top two seeds, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, the 10th seed Ekaterina Makarova and the unseeded American teenager Madison Keys, Williams and Sharapova have survived as expected to reach the last four, but it has been the deep run of both Makarova and Keys that has caught the eye in Melbourne over the past ten days, Makarova will square off against her Russian compatriot Sharapova in the first semi-final on Rod Laver Arena before Serena, the tournament favourite, does battle with her 19 year old compatriot Keys in the second semi-final straight after, it is certainly looking like a Serena/Maria final in Melbourne this year but can Makarova and/or Keys cause a boilover by toppling one of the favourites to make their first Grand Slam final?
A win by either Makarova or Keys would be a major surprise in Melbourne but the women’s game is renowned for upsets so it’s not out of the realms of possibility that Williams or Sharapova could be toppled, an off day or an unfortunate injury could easily derail the two respective multiple Grand Slam champs from their likely match-up in the women’s championship decider on Saturday, however Serena and Maria are multiple Grand Slam champs for a reason and the experience of being there before will certainly give them the edge, Makarova will be playing in only her second major semi-final and Keys will be debuting in the last more »
The 2015 Australian Open is here, and the start of a new tennis season always provides us tennis fans with a multitude of questions as the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific kicks off the major events for the season, even though there are plenty of Grand Slam contenders, it appears that the big four in the respective men’s and women’s singles championship are once again favoured by most pundits in 2015, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and defending AO champ Stan Wawrinka stand out as the most likely contenders among the men, similarly the world’s top four ranked women’s players Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova appear to be the favoured quartet among the women, the men’s and women’s competitions also mirror one another with the next tier of players ranked just below the big four also good chances of making a deep run in Melbourne throughout the next fortnight, in the men we have Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic, while in the women we see the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Wozniacki all hoping to push for Grand Slam glory.
I believe it would come as a major surprise if anyone outside the respective groups of eight named above claimed their individual title in Melbourne, however Spaniard David Ferrer and world No.11 Grigor Dimitrov might beg to differ when it comes to discussing potential men’s champions, and Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova could argue the point more »
Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na were hardly short-priced favourites to win their respective singles titles at the recent 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne, but win the titles they did, in what can only be considered a surprise result for most tennis fans, the top two seeds in the respective men’s and women’s events were the clear favourites coming into the tournament, with top seed Rafael Nadal and the second-seeded Novak Djokovic hogging all the headlines on the men’s side and Serena Williams (No.1) and Victoria Azarenka (No.2) the women’s, Li was already a previous Grand Slam champion (French Open 2011), so although her title run was unexpected, she was among the favoured contenders of the women outside the big two, Wawrinka’s title run however was totally unexpected and a refreshing shock right from the crisp clean air of the Swiss Alps itself.
Li wrote her own great story in Melbourne, after facing match point and elimination against the 26th seeded Czech Lucie Safarova in the third round, Madame Li then built strong momentum from the fourth round onwards to reach yet another Grand Slam final, after a nervous first set against shock first-time Grand Slam finalist Dominika Cibulkova from Slovakia, Li took control of the title match and deservedly secured her 2nd Grand Slam title in the last three years, the fact that neither Serena or Vika was in the championship decider was the biggest surprise of all though.
As much as China will be celebrating Li Na’s victory once ag more »
All tennis fans are used to a certain Swiss player making the finals of the major events over the past decade or so, but the name of that player is of course the 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, not his compatriot and current world No.8 Stanislas Wawrinka, Stan the man continued his impressive run in Melbourne by ousting Czech Tomas Berdych in four sets in their Australian Open semi-final clash, the 28 year old native from Lausanne in Switzerland will now compete in his first ever Grand Slam final on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.
Wawrinka has now cemented himself among the elite players in the world of tennis, with his exciting brand of tennis proving popular with the Melbourne faithful, he will now face one of the game’s greats in the championship decider on Sunday, but which of those two great players out of Federer and Rafael Nadal is yet to be determined, Stan will probably be secretly hoping it’s Roger that he faces in the first major title of 2014, because it will give him the chance to not only play his friend and fellow countryman, but also step out of Federer’s shadow and claim some Grand Slam glory of his own.
Wawrinka has already beaten tournament favourite and top seed Novak Djokovic along with Berdych who was also seeded above him, for Stan to win the title on Sunday, he will have to beat a third consecutive player seeded above him in these championships, it would cap off a remarkable month for Wawrinka if he was to achieve victory in more »