Roger Federer is the Greatest Tennis Player to have ever graced a tennis court.
Any article about tennis ever written, anywhere in the world, by anyone at all, should have this as an opening line and a disclaimer. Federer was at it again as he took down Martin Cilic to claim his 20th.
TWENTIETH Grand Slam Title coming through in a pulsating final 6-2, 6-7, 6- 3, 3-6, 6- 1 to claim his SIXTH Australian Open.
Age is just a number. And now, GOAT is a person by the name of Roger Federer. Federer was already the odds on favorite having led Cilic 8-1 in their previous encounters.
The Croat got off to the worst possible start, being broken twice in the first set as Federer closed it out in under 25 minutes. Things were a lot more competitive in the second set. This is because Marin Cilic held his nerve to take the tie-break.
The third set was all Federer. However, Cilic came storming back in the fourth to set up an exciting fifth set. The usual suspects started with critics writing Federer off even before the set began because apparently “he is too old to last the distance”.
But when you are the GOAT, you don’t listen to the opinions of peasants. And well, Federer annihilated Cilic in the last set as he triumphed in style.
The fight put up by Martin Cilic
Cilic however, put up the fight of his life having to fight back from a set down on 2 occasions and once he got his serve going, it looked like he would finally derail the FedExpress.
Federer however, dug that extra bit deep in his locker and delivered when it really mattered.
In a rare instance, Federer didn’t have to break much sweat enroute to the final with Novak, Nadal, Delpo and Wawrinka being knocked out by lesser opponents in the early stages of the tournament. It was a relative walk in the park for the 5 time Aussie Open champion, one he relished as he made it through without having dropped a set.
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The Women’s Final: Caroline Wozniacki, the hero
While the men’s final was considerably one sided, the women’s final produced one of the most scintillating finals in recent years. World #1 faced World #2 with the top ranking on the women’s circuit
More than 7 years after appearing in her first Grand Slam final at the 2009 U.S. Open, Caroline Wozniacki finally claimed her maiden grand slam title overcoming a resilient and brilliant Simona Halep in 3 energetic and demanding sets.
The new world #1 overpowered her opponent 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 in just under 3 hours to grab her first title in over 40 attempts. It was the first time in history that the world #1 and 2 were meeting in a final of a Grand Slam without either of them having ever won a major.
The pressure was well and truly on and Wozniacki thrived under the pressure to become the first Danish player to claim a Grand Slam title.
The key moment or the shift in the final momentum came when Halep, recovered from a break down in the final set to take a 4-3 lead and Wozniacki asked for a medical time out to have her left knee taped. Wozniacki later closed out the match and extended Halep’s wait for a first major Grand Slam.
Roger Federer- The Man
At 36 years old, claiming his 20th Grand Slam and lasting the distance better than a 21 year old horny kid on viagra, Roger Federer is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
For so long as you live and even before you die, just remember Roger Federer took 6 months off so YOU could enjoy more of his greatness and watch him come back to rule the courts he has run over the years.
“You guys make me nervous. You guys make me practice. Only you guys fill the stadiums. Thank you.”