Early this morning the 2010 Australian Open wrapped up. I set my alarm for 3:30am to watch the men’s final, Roger Federer against Andy Murray. Roger was in pursuit of his 16th major championship while Andy was trying to win the first major for Great Britain since 1936. The match only went three sets, with Federer winning 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. At first glance those scores might look very lopsided but it was really a very close match. Both players made some extraordinary shots. Some of the classic matches Federer has had recently with Nadal and Roddick might have made this final seem anti-climatic.
While the commentators on television were rather critical of how Murray played I felt he played a respectable match. They thought he was tense, overly cautious, not aggressive enough, and feigning injury. I don’t think he played his best match, but he did force Roger to beat him. He did not self-destruct. He was picked apart by the greatest tennis player that has ever walked on the face of the earth. Murray has nothing to be ashamed of.
I’ve never been a Murray fan. When he first came onto the tennis scene as a brash, arrogant teenager I always rooted against him. His huge comeback win at Wimbledon two years ago against Gasquet started to win me over. He has matured as a person and as a tennis player, and his comments after the match this morning officially won me over. He was gracious toward Federer and grateful to his fans. I hope he wins a major in the next couple of years.
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Serena Williams won the women’s title, beating Justine Henin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. I saw many of Serena’s matches during the tournament and she was hitting the ball well. In her semi-final match against Li Na she seemed to hit a wall of exhaustion, and I thought she might be in serious trouble in the final. But she improved her career Aussie Open final record to 5-0, pretty impressive.
Venus and Serena won the women’s doubles title and the Bryan brothers won the men’s doubles. This means that the four major titles (men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles) were won by a collective three last names (Federer, Williams, and Bryan). My research indicates this is an Australian Open record.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tournament. Now that I won’t be catching tennis at all hours of the evening and morning I can try to get back to a normal schedule. The 2010 Australian Open left me sleep-deprived and suffering from tennis withdrawal since the winter in State College is not conducive to playing tennis. But that happens every year.