It was the first grand slam of the year and hopes were high that the two champions were to meet again in the Australian Open 2009 final. And so they did.
It was fantastic to watch the match, especially for a match which lasted for 4 hours and 20 minutes with lots of services and actions changing hands around the court. To cut the long story short, Nadal won his first appearance in Australian Open finals and his first hard court surface championship after an epic 5 set match 7-5, 3-6, 7(7)-6(3), 3-6, 6-2.
Before the match, most of the tennis legends were united on their preferences on who will win this grand slam – Roger Federer. Had Roger won this, it will be his 14th grand slam title and 4th Australian Open champion. I bet most tennis fans will remember when Roger was lost in words with trembling lips and crying eyes after receiving his silver plate and handed the mic to say a few words. That scence sums up just how much tennis and the record means to him. If only he had won it…
It’s a bit cruel that most of the time, you have to choose a side when you’re watching a tennis match. Next time I’ve probably need to stop shouting “go roger” or whatever in front of the TV and just enjoy the match. The same thing happened when Jelena Dokic was playing Darina Safina, Fernandes Verdasco VS Nadal and well, Roger VS Nadal. It seems that most of the people I predicted to win ended up losing their matches, but I guess that’s just like betting horses and no outcome is for certain. Nadal was simply too good in the finals and statistically, Roger was serving less aces than he used to be serving and making more unforced errors even though he was making more winners at the same time. Another thing is that – Roger simply can’t run like Nadal.
Anyway, it might just be another mountain to climb for Roger which makes things pretty interesting in the world of tennis. Let’s look forward for another possible rematch in the coming French Open and Wimbledon Open.