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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The ATP Finals are finally upon us! In the “John McEnroe” group, we have in the lineup Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, and Marin Cilic. In the “Ivan Lendl” group, we have Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils, and Dominic Thiem. These extraordinary Tennis players will be battling it out all week long for that final trophy of the 2016 year. With a notable few absences, such as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, there is plenty of room for some of the debut players to really make their mark like Monfils and Thiem. For our prediction here at Tennis HQ, we unanimously picked the new number one ranked player himself, Andy Murray. With such a hot streak still going this latter half of the season, it seems appropriate for Andy to capitalize on this opportunity to close out the season with a huge finals win.
Day 1’s matches came out strong with Djokovic and Thiem playing a third set game which Novak finally put to bed 6-7, 6-0, 6-2. Thiem was a force to reckon with in the first set matching Djokovic game for game. Perhaps Djokovic was just sizing him up in the first set however, or maybe getting some nerves out because he absolutely dominated in the second. He was winning several cross court shots and reaching Thiem’s drop shots in time to still make plays. Novak in the end closed it out showing that, even with the lack of results as of late, he is still here to win it all and has the skills to do so. Raonic and Monfils’ match was not as close, as Raonic showed great athleticism and Tennis play with the game ending at 6-3, 6-4. If Milos can keep up the game playing we saw today, there might be a serious chance for him to win the ATP Finals in a match say against Andy Murray.
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