This is by far, the best Australian Open I have seen in the recent past. The reigning big man on court has come through some tough challenges and he faces at least two more big matches before he can regain his Australian crown. It is possible that Djokovic might get the better of Fed, as he did in last year’s Masters. But it seems unlikely. Fed has been playing well, and though the match against Tipsarevic saw him wobble before he came back to assert himself, it is likely that might step up his game for the final weekend. And that should be a match worth watching.
Jo Wilfried Tsonga has had a fairytale run to his first Grand Slam final – oddly befitting a man whose name sounds like something Wilbur Smith might use for one of his characters. And his demolition of Rafael Nadal in yesterday’s final was not something many people would have foreseen. Nadal, after all, is the 2nd best player in the world – a fighter, a retriever and already one of the all time clay court greats. And had he not had the misfortune to be playing at the same time as Fed – he would have been a dominant No 1 in his own right. But not last night. Nadal could just watch as his opponents serves whizzed past him. Nadal’s backhand was left woefully exposed. His second serve was treated with disdain, slapped away. His attempted passes failed to penetrate and often came back as unreachable drop shots. And it was all Tsonga – close to 40 winners, Nadal had just 4 unforced errors! And the first time Nadal held any break points was the fourth game of the third set – such was the dominance of Tsonga’s serve. And even then, Tsonga held on.
Federer vs Tsonga should be match worth watching.
And it seems like this is a match up we will be seeing a lot more often.