Federer Gains 18th Slam at Australian Open
It was due, wasn’t it? Federer has been hitting hard at the door of his 18th slam award in his last four slams but Djokovic kept disagree with him. So all credit to him for not losing faith and keeping the confidence.
When he named it a season last year after Wimbledon things weren’t viewing promising. Some are afraid of the end was near. But then he comes back after six months off and wins his 18th slam in his first event back.
And that against his nemesis Nadal with a score line of 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3. It seems like too good to be true. Going into the match I really felt Federer had a chance because it felt like he was due after all the near slips in his last four slams.
Particularly the final losses against Djokovic at Wimbledon and the US Open. You felt like he was playing well enough to win a slam but Djokovic was just taking tennis to a whole new level. But credit to Federer for taking benefit of the early loss of Djokovic.
He had the same chance at Wimbledon last year but there Raonic stopped him. I guess the break did Federer really well and was closely what he needed. It is a ridiculous story and I still catch it hard to believe.
I mean I wasn’t considering past Nishikori as far as Federer’s draw went. How does he go from 6 months out of the sport to winning a grand slam in his first event back, at 35? It seems like silly but it happened.
I have never seen someone reach Djokovic’s level of tennis and completeness as a tennis player but this is something else too. Federer’s achievement doesn’t quite match Djokovic’s personal Slam but if you look at the bigger picture it does.
That is 18 slam titles and the most recent one at the age of 35. I have said for a while now that Federer’s level is still extraordinarily high and now you will see all the Fed fans all of a sudden agreeing with me.
There was no doubt in my mind that he would win another slam if he kept the level that he showed against Djokovic at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2015. What I didn’t think would occur is that he would be back to that level after six months out of the sport.
You also have to provide him loads of credit for slaying the demons of the past and especially the 2009 Australian Open final. The court speed no doubt helped because Nadal constantly looked rushed but Federer merited that bit of help with how conditions have been slowed down on tour in recent years.
Coming back from a break down in the fifth against Nadal is another shocker in an Australian Open full of shockers. Nadal was uncharacteristically un-clutch. I think it was at 3–2 in the fifth on his serve and game point where he missed a routine forehand.
That was unlike Nadal who is normally so clinical but Federer played a big role in that by keeping the pressure on Nadal and never giving up hope. I mean you just have to give him credit for that. His backhand didn’t break down the way it usually does against Nadal.
And even when Nadal turned things around coming back from 2–1 down in sets to go a break up in the fifth he kept believing. He finally slew those Nadal demons which took huge courage. I’m happy for him.
Things had come full circle and you could see what it meant to him when the final hawk eye review went his way. As someone who was once a fan of his, it was hard not to feel happy for him.
It’s a motivating story of the power of faith. Despite heartbreak after heartbreak Federer kept trusting that it was his destiny to win #18 and finally, he did so in spectacular fashion. This is truly the fairytale ending that the Fed fans hoped for. Yes, Federer fans can be annoying but the ones who remained faithful you can’t accuse of not staying loyal and having faith.
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