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2018 Australian Open

I started watching tennis back in 2012 and every year I try to watch the four major tournaments, which are Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S.Open. 

One of my all time favorite tennis players is Roger Federer. He has such an amazing style of play. Off the court he is know for being very classy and spends time and money helping out different charities. 

Roger Federer, winner of the 2018 Australian Open, was my top pick for the men’s side. My other choices were Juan Martin del Potro and Grigor Dimitrov. As usual, many people doubted he could win,but he has been dealing with this for many years now. Even when people lose faith in him, he’s always my number one pick in any tournament he enters. 

This is Federer’s 6th Australian Open title and 20th major title overall. He had to beat Marin Cilic, from Croatia, in order to get this title.  This isn’t the first time these two met. They also met in the 2017 Wimbledon final, which Federer also won. Cilic played well, but was no match for Federer. 

I didn’t watch the final live because it was on at midnight, but I watched the next morning and Federer was just unbelievable. Crazy to think that while Federer is 36 years old and still winning championships, many other tennis players retired at a much younger age than him. He shows that you can still be good at what you do, no matter what your age is. 
(Picture taken from Roger Federer’s Instagram page)

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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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Wimbledon 2015

Congratulations to Serena Williams for winning Wimbledon and to Roger Federer for making it to the final! While I am always happy to see an American win a major, whether it’s singles or doubles, I was disappointed that Novak Djokovic won rather than Roger Federer. I guess it was expected, but I have always been a Federer fan and always root for him no matter what. Anyways, I guess I should be glad that he was able to beat Andy Murray in the semifinals. However, one match that I found really excitng was the match between Stanislaus Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet. It was shocking to see Rafael Nadal lose so early, in the first week! Also, sucks that the Bryan brothers didn’t win the doubles titles, they are my favorite doubles team.

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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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Australian Open 2013 Recap

First of all, congratulations to Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka for winning the men and women’s singles title this year. (Although, I wans;t rooting for either of them TBH)

I wanted Roger Federer and Serena Williams to win. Oh well, we can’t always get what we want, right? lol

So how was it? There were some pretty exciting matches- Djokovic v Wawrinka comes to mind. As well as Duckworth v Kavcic.

Some upsets- Li Na defeating Maria Sharapova (in straight sets!!!), Juan Martin del Potro losing to Jeremy Chardy, and of course, Serena Williams losing to Sloane Stephens.

I wasn’t able to watch all the matches, mainly due to the time difference, Australia is about 19 hours ahead of the West Coast. Also, because my laptop doesn’t work -.-