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2017 Australian Open

I did not get to watch most of the Australian Open matches this year. However, I did watch both the men’s and women’s finals. I was really happy to see that Serena Williams won over her sister, Venus Williams and that Roger Federer won over Rafael Nadal.

In tennis, most players, especially the top ones, start when they are as young as 4 and 5 years old. They usually become professional around 16/17 years old. In tennis, being 30+ years old is way too old. Many players retire at this age of continue to play, but not at the top level they played when they were much younger. That is not the case with the players in both finals. Both winners are 35 years ago, which is unusual in tennis.

Tennis fans love to see Serena Williams vs Venus Williams because they always have good matches. They seem to bring out the best in each other. 

Both Federer and Nadal spent many months of 2016 being injured. People doubted either of these two would make it far in the Australian Open, let alone get to the final. Nadal is only 30 but has been dealing with wrist injuries for many years. Federer is 35 and has been written off by many fans and sports commentators. They say that Federer is the best of all time, but that at his age, he wouldn’t win anymore major titles. He proved them all wrong. I have been a Federer fan ever since I started watching tennis back in 2011 and he is just incredible to watch. His athleticism and skill is greater than many people could even dream to reach.

Next month I will be going to Indian Wells. I hope to see these players there!

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Early Exit For Federer

What a crazy week in Wimbledon. Defending champion Roger Federer lost in the second round, Rafael Nadal lost in the first round. Both Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka lost in the second round. Let’s not forget all the players that have withdrawn or retired.

On the other hand, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Serena Williams have all been playing really well and are expected to make it to the final. I really wanted Roger Federer to win, but of course the won’t happen. Besides Federer, not a single American man made it to the second week of Wimbledon. I will be rooting for David Ferrer, a Spaniard who may not have won any majors yet, but is an incredibly talented player. Another player I love is Juan Martin del Potro, the Argentian. I’m lucky enough to have seen him play twice in person. The first time at the Farmer’s Classic at UCLA in 2011, then I saw him play at Indian Wells earlier this year. However, if I have to choose between Djovkovic and Murray, I would def prefer to see Murray. After all, how could would it be to see Wimbledon won by a Brit? It’s been over 50 years since that’s happened.

Whatever happens, expect a lot of surprises next week, esp on Monday, when the round of 16 will be played. I can’t wait to watch. I have to wake up early, but it’s so worth it to watch my favorite tennis tournament of the season 🙂

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Roger Federer Wins Wimbledon (Another Late Reaction)

Roger Federer and Andy Murray

 

Here’s another post that I writing weeks after the event happened. But it doesn’t matter, because weeks later, I am still happy about Roger Federer winning his 7th Wimbledon title!!! He tied the record for most Wimbledon titles, Both Federer and Pete Sampras have 7 each. This was also Federer’s 17th overall grand slam title 🙂 For those of you who don’t know, I am one of Roger Federer’s biggest fans. Which is kind of weird because when I first started watching tennis, about two years ago, I didn’t even like him. I thought he was “too perfect” haha The first tennis match I ever watched was the Cincinnati final between Federer and Mardy Fish, and of course I was rooting for the American.

I don’t remember what it was that changed my mind about him, but ever since then, I’d been hoping to see him win another grand slam, be number 1 again. It took a while, but he finally did it! I admit, I thought Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal would be in the final, yet again. But then Nadal lost to Lukas Rosol, who was number 100 in the world :O everyone, including me was shocked! That loss made it a little easier for Andy Murray to make it to the final for the first time ever.

Federer would have a harder time. He had to face Djokovic in the SF, last year’s Wimbledon winner. Luckily for us Federer fans, Djokovic was no match for Federer that day. When Federer made it to the final, I was thrilled! I woke up a little late that day, so I missed when he lost the first set to Murray. I was a little worried, but then I remembered, this is Federer, so I just relaxed a little and let the GOAT (Greatest of all Time) do what he’s best at, which is playing tennis.  After Federer won, I was excited for him. He was finally number 1 (again) and he won his first grand slam title in years (I think it was a little over 2 years since his last one). I felt bad for Murray though and if he had been playing anyone else, I would’ve been rooting for him 100%. I think Murray will one grand slam title soon, maybe even next month’s US Open.

That day, I had a permagrin all day. I was just so, so happy for Federer 🙂 a few weeks later, he broke Sampras’ record for most weeks at number 1. Oh and here’s a picture of someone who was at Wimbledon that day, supporting his fellow countryman Andy Murray.

David Beckham