What the Men’s Australian Open Tells Us
by James Wang on Friday, February 10th, 2012
During last year’s season of tennis, Novak Djokovic emerged as the new dominant player on the ATP tour. Djokovic dominated the ATP with 3 grand slam victories, 2 against Rafael Nadal and 1 against Andy Murray.
With the Australian Open kicking off the new tennis season, a lot has been discovered about both the ATP and the WTA. After Djokovic’s amazing 2011 season, many wondered if he could continue his reign in the ATP. Djokovic defied all of the skeptics by winning the Australian Open title in the fashion that he did. The semifinal and the final match were both truly impressive on Djokovic’s part. Novak faced off against Andy Murray in the semifinals. Djokovic had defeated Murray in the previous Australian Open 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in the final match. This year, Djokovic struggled to put Murray away. Murray arguably played his best match in his career despite his loss. The final score was 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5, in Djokovic’s favor. Djokovic’s best match of the tournament was against Nadal, who lost to Djokovic last year at Wimbledon and the US Open, both of which in the finals. Nadal seemed fixed on upsetting the number 1 for the first time. In the first three sets, Djokovic seemed to be pulling away, but Nadal hung in and beat Djokovic in a tiebreak in the fourth set. However, Djokovic outplayed Nadal in the long run, winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5 in a little less than 6 hours, which is the longest match to be played in a grand slam final ever. Djokovic proved that he had the mental fortitude to play in these long, high pressure matches and that he is truly the dominant ATP player by continuously beating out the top players like Murray and Nadal. However, Nadal is getting closer and closer to beating Djokovic every time. Look out to see them battle it out again in the next grand slam.
With the French Open coming closer, anticipation builds. Will Djokovic finally be dethroned? And will Azarenka continue to dominate the WTA? And more importantly, will Wayne Brady have to Djokovic? GO STANGS!
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