Australian open is termed as one of the greatest hard court tournaments of all time. This tournament is generally organized in the last week of January. This is the first of the four grand slams organized every year succeeding Wimbledon, French Open and US open. This tournament is also one of the most paid tournament as the winner receives a whopping amount of 50 million AUS$. Novak Djokovic is the only player to win this prestigious title six times. This tournament also holds the record of the highest attendance at a grand slam event.
Another record which the Australian open holds are that it is the highest paid grand slam event across the globe.
The current champion of 2017 who holds this prestigious title is Roger Federer who won it by defeating the Spanish giant Rafael Nadal.
Old rivalry flourishes at the Rod Laver Arena
Before the start of this tournament the likes of Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Stanislas Wawrinka were being considered as the top favorites of the tournament but proving everyone wrong the returning old birds strike at the crucial moment moments, and both of these players were set to give another epic clash to the audience. Both Federer and Nadal were said by the critics that their career has reached its end and will not be able to make comeback to the international level. But, these critics were shut by the performances of these legends who both reached the finals of the Australian Open.
This was their ninth overall grand slam final meeting and the first since 2011. The audience was ready to witness another ‘FEDAL XXXV’ final as the spectators’ termed it.
The match lasted a humongous 3 hours and 38 minutes. Federer won the first set in a tough fight by 7-6 after breaking Nadal’s service in the seventh game. Nadal won the second set by 6-3 where he broke the service twice of Federer.
The start of the third set showed a superb battle where Federer saved three break points of Nadal, all of them through aces and took the set by 6-1. But, Nadal didn’t give up and took the fourth set away by 6-3, and the match came down to the fifth set.
The decider, the fifth set and step up by Federer
The fifth set was not an ideal start for Federer as Nadal broke Federer in the first game, and was leading the final set y 3-1. At this place, Federer stepped up his game and he proved too strong for Nadal. He broke the service of Nadal and leveled the set by 3-3. After that, holding his serve he took a lead of 4-3 and went on to break Nadal’s next service game.
Serving for the championship at 5-3, he overcame the deficit of 15-40 in the game and won the championship point by a forehand winner. Which was eventually challenged by Nadal but it went into vain.
In such superb fashion, Federer won his 18th grand slam title and both Nadal and Federer shut the mouth of the critics.