Since we are into the second week of the Australian Open, a special line-up of the scheduled matches has come up, highlighting the probable Fedal finals and Williams sisters already booked their place into the finals.
Early eliminations of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic opened the fields of possibilities (what seemed impossible) fantasies than a credible perspective. Out of all the rivalries being observed in tennis right now, Federer-Nadal rivalry is a little more soulful, somehow impalable and inexpressible. Nadal leads the head-to-head on Hard (9-7) and Clay (13-2) surfaces, while the Swiss leads 2-1 on grass. Their rivalry is considered to be the greatest in the tennis history. Being the only pair of men to have finished 6 consecutive calendar years as the top 2 ranked players, (2005-10), they played every Roland Garros and Wimbledon final from 2006-08. Their 2008 Wimbledon final was the most appreciated tennis match and was considered as the greatest match ever by many long-time tennis analysts.
But that’s a story of a decade gone long back; as we head towards the semi-final, Fedal match is nearing its possibility in the final. It seems one salivating match, temptation of paradise for the fans, if this becomes a reality. The Swiss has to face his fellow compatriot, Stan Wawrinka, and Rafael Nadal has to face Grigor Dimitrov, in the semi-final. Both aged 30+, have played exceptionally well in the past 10 days at Melbourne. It actually seems to be the Australian Open of 2007, instead of 2017. May be, it was a blessing in disguise, Federer being seeded number 17, lowest ever, was the only way out for a Fedal final. Seems like old days are very much back, as the Williams sisters are all set for their rivalry match in the final.
The sisters’ rivalry is also usurping this season, in the very beginning, at a Grand Slam. Both Venus and Serena are in the finals of Australian Open. While Venus defeated American, CoCo Vandeweghe, Serena dethroned 34-year old Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets, the only unseeded player through to the semi-finals this year.
Their rivalry is still the stuff of dreams. Being real sisters, they are very personal, yet very professional. They’ve won 21 Grand Slams and 3 Olympic gold medals in a partnership. Since 1999, the only years in which a Williams sister didn’t win a slam are 2004, 2006 and 2011. While Venus has won 5 of the Grand Slam finals played against Serena, Serena has won 9 of them, the latest being at the US Open 2015.
Hugely inspired by her elder sister Venus, Serena started playing tennis, under their father’s guidance; and the sisters went on to become the most decorated women and sisters in the history of tennis. Serena has surpassed almost all the records, and aims to beat them all, soon going to match Margaret Smith Court’s record of 24 singles Grand Slams.
The sisters will play play their 28th professional rivalry match against each other in a much awaited final and reminded all of us old days .