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The Australian Open 2017
Roger Federer defied his age to win the 2017 Australian Open. This win takes Federer to a total of 18 Grand Slam Titles, the most in the history of the sport. Federer beat Rafael Nadal in five sets (6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3) in what was a fiercely contested match. Federer has been searching for a grand slam title ever since his win at Wimbledon in 2012. Even more astonishing is that he has not played a competitive tournament since Wimbledon 2016. Finally, this win makes him the first man in history to win five or more titles at three Grand Slam events (five Australian Opens, five US Opens and seven Wimbledon’s).
Serena Williams beat her sister Venus 6-4 6-4; taking Serena to 23 Grand Slam victories, just one behind Australian Margaret Court and making this Grand Slam victory her seventh Australia Open Title. For Venus, it was her first Grand Slam final since 2009. Serena has now regained her World no. 1 position, taking the spot from Germany’s Angelique Kerber.
No. 4 seeds, Australian John Peers and Finnish partner Henri Kontinen beat the American pair Bob and Mike Bryan 7-5 7-5 to claim their first grand slam final. Victory was made even more special for Kontinen who became the first Finnish player (man or women) to claim a Grand Slam title. John Peers previously partnered with Britain’s Jamie Murray in 2013, reaching two Grand Slam finals and landing Murray a World No.2 double’s ranking.
The women’s proved to be a number of firsts for the US’ Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Czech Republic’s Lucie Šafářová; defeating Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlaváčková and China’s Peng Shuai in the final, 6–7, 6–3, 6–3. This is the first time the pair have played together in a competition, let alone winning a title together, having only practiced for the first time the day before the tournament! This was a bold move; the last time a new pair won a Grand Slam women’s doubles championships was at the 2007 US Open when France’s Nathalie Dechy and Russia’s Dinara Safina won the title.
In an unexpected turn of events, Andy Murray was beaten by Germany’s Mischa Zverev who’s seeded 50th in the world. Zverev defied all odds to beat the World No.1 in four sets and became the lowest ranked player to beat the Scotsman at a Grand Slam for 11 Years. Novak Djokovic suffered a similar end to his tournament when beaten by Denis Istomin in the second round.
With the likes of the Aegon Championships and Wimbledon fast approaching, 2017 is set to be an exciting year. Here’s how you can watch the action from the best seats in the house…