The Australian Open Review: All Ages Welcome!

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If the final of the Australian Open is any indication of what’s to come later this year, we are in for an interesting ride! A Williams sister matchup on the WTA side and a Federer Nadal Final for the Mens. The Australian Open brought the best alumni up and let viewers enjoy a little nostalgia. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal went at it in a 5 set thriller on Sunday. This came after Nadal already played a 5 hour match against Dimitrov who is basically Federer jr. Nadal was able to hold him off until the end and then finished him to advance to the final 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. The problem was that the things Dimitrov did well that worked against Nadal, Federer was much better at. This came to fruition at the final when Federer beat Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. This was Roger’s 18th Grand Slam Title and 5th Australian Open Title and it looks like we have a lot to look forward to from Roger this year!

If the older gentleman in the final wasn’t enough, we had Serena (age 35) and Venus (36) go head to head in the final after some impressive victories for both of them. I honestly thought CoCo Vandeweghe was playing so well that we would see her in the final but a Williams sister match is always welcome! But, as we have seen before, Serena was easily able to dominate her sister, winning straight sets 6-4, 6-4. This gave Serena her 23rd Grand Slam Title and most Australian Open Titles won. The grand slams will certainly be interesting this year if the top players continue to not make it far like Novak, Andy, and Kerber. I will say, it was an exciting change of pace having the field more open with more possibilities of other players winning the championship. Comment below who was your favorite player to watch this Open!

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