Sunday, January 31, 2010

Federer robs the Brits to celebrate an occasion

Having ousted Nadal in the semis, Murray became the first Briton ever to reach the final of the Australian Open in 33 years. Murray was hopeful of becoming the first British (male) Grand Slam champion since 1936 when Perry won the US Open. And he had high hopes to win the title on Rod Lever Arena in Melbourne today. But winning a semi from a knee injured Nadal was one thing, but winning from all fit and highly confident Federer was altogether another.  

And what was expected had to happen. A confident and rather very cool Federer put the Scot on the mat in three straight sets 6-3 6-4 7-6 (13-11) to not only claim the 16th grand slam of his record breaking career, but also levelled Andre Agassi’s  fourth time win of Australian title. 

While the two sets were somewhat easy for Federer, Murray tried to revive his chances of winning the third set and capitalized to break for 4-2, converting his second chance with a passing shot. But he was broken back as he served for the set at 5-4 and the match went into a tiebreak. Murray had five set points before Federer worn him out to win his fourth Australian Open title.

Disappointed Murray had tears in his eyes at the end of the match when he said, "I can cry like Roger, it's just a shame I can't play like him."

And in the women title played on Friday last, Serena Williams successively defended her 2009 Australian Open title and can now count the 2010 trophy as her 12th Grand Slam Championship. The win ties her with Billie Jean King for total singles titles. William ousted Henin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to lift the coveted trophy.