Monthly Archives: January 2012
In the final of Australian Open 2012 Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal opened a chapter in the breathtaking history of their encounters. The latest chapter proved to be the longest and most dramatic than the previous ones, and only after almost 6 hours of exhausting and tough fight, the reigning champion managed to defend his title, although his opponent was so close from stealing his crown this time.
5 hours 53 minutes of an epic match, a fight to remember. Two best players of the game currently, once again met in the final stage of a Grand Slam tournament, to find out who is the best of the best among them.
It was a long road to the finals of the Australian Open for both, as Victoria Azarenka was step by step improving her game and temper, while Maria Sharapova is still returning to her best game from the severe injury that almost put an end to her career.
It was expected to be an intriguing match from many aspects, including the vocal one, as there is much hype about the excessive shrieking in women’s tennis now, and both Maria and Vika are the best representatives of “loud players”.
Dozens of expert forecasts were performed, with Patrick McEnroe and Stephen Tignor giving the victory to Azarenka, while Peter Bodo and Nick Bollettieri put their bet on Sharapova.
When Swiss tennis super-star Roger Federer battled against his frenemy Rafael Nadal on Thursday night at the Australian Open, the crowd was clearly cheering for him, as well as his wife, Mirka and his coach Paul Annacone.
Yet, there was two other spectators watching the match with a visible interest, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, adorable 2-year-old twin daughters of Roger Federer came to support their daddy.
It was a sweet revenge for Maria Sharapova, who ousted Petra Kvitova in three tough, close and very nervous sets to return to Australian Open finals for the first time since winning the title here in 2008.
While millions of Maria-fans across the world were celebrating her win, and haters were saying that she has one more match to win, and that she would not have enough weapons to stop Victoria Azarenka, I remembered her press conference after the first round defeat to Maria Kirilenko at the Australian Open 2010.
Here is the video from that interview:
The sixth day of the action at the Australian Open 2012 featured several unexpected losses of the top-ranked players, a major sensation, and hot weather, while Lleyton Hewitt made us remember the good old days when he was on the top of his game.But well, let’s start from the very beginning,
Here is the new edition of my photo summary of the best mathces of the day at the first Grand Slam tournament of 2012.