At the Australian Open 2017, it was all about the stars of old. Roger Federer and Serena Williams, both of who have been around for many years, were the winners of the men’s and women’s trophies respectively.
Special win for Federer
The men’s singles final turned out to be a classic match with Federer going up against old rival Rafael Nadal. It was the first time since 2011 that the old rivals were meeting at a Grand Slam final. Interestingly Federer had never beaten Nadal in a Grand Slam final (the Australian Open is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments of the year) before.
The match stretched to five sets before Federer managed to win the final set. This was Federer’s 18th Grand Slam trophy. He has become the first player to win three of the Grand Slams five times. Although Nadal lost, there was much for him to celebrate. Nadal has been struggling to make a comeback after an injury so winning the runner-up trophy was special for him.
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The women’s singles final was also a historic match, for Serena Williams was playing against her own sister Venus Williams. The Williams sisters have been among the game’s top players for more than 10 years but it was the first time since 2009 that they were meeting in a Grand Slam final.
Serena eventually won in two sets. It was her 23rd Grand Slam title, making her the most successful tennis player in the open era of tennis. The Open era refers to a time after 1968 when professional players, who earn prize money at events, were allowed to compete. She has crossed Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slams wins with the victory in the Australian Open. She is just one win short of Margaret Court’s all time record (includes wins before the open era) of 25 Grand Slam victories.