Tennis has had great champions and many have been the protagonists on the Melbourne hard court, in one of the most prestigious and most loved competitions in the tennis world. From the first European to win in Australia, the Swedish Mats Wilander, passing through the successes of Agassi and Sampras, ending with the Djokovic-Murray duels, the show is certainly not lacking in the land of kangaroos.
In the Australian event, this year in partnership with KIA, Novak Djokovic is the king of the competition, and is already ahead of the Swiss Federer with one more success: seven against six. The other sacred monster of contemporary tennis Rafael Nadal, albeit present on five occasions in the final of the first grand slam, managed to win only once, in 2009, against his long-time rival Roger Federer.
losing the other three, twice against Djokovic, once against Wawrinka and in 2017 against Federer. The Serbian has taken home the last two Australian Open played and is currently number one in the ATP ranking. The Belgrade tennis player is absolutely part of the podium of the greatest of the last twenty years together with Federer and Nadal, but compared to the last two he has at least another two or three years of career ahead of him.
This will allow him two things in particular: first of all to extend his record in the Australian tournament, currently he is already seven wins ahead of everyone; the other is to reach Nadal and Federer in the number of victories in the grand slams: the Majorcan and the Swiss are currently at 20 victories, while the Serbian at 17.
One more reason to win the next Australian Open, "taking advantage" of the absence of the great Roger Federer. The odds of most of the platforms dedicated to betting and online gaming such as Betway, all agree to consider the Serbian as the number one candidate for the final victory, with odds at 2.25 as of January 12th.
Roger Federer opened up about his 2009 and 2016 seasons in a recent commercial for Credit Suisse.
Federer recalls his break in 2016
The injury in 2016 brought about some dark clouds in the life of Roger Federer. He wasn’t getting any younger, and at the same time the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were in exceptional form.
Not many had hopes left from the Swiss, but for him it was just about putting in the the amount of hard work that was needed to get to his goals. "2016 post knee surgery was a big moment for me. But I think when you're down and out or you just lost another match or just had surgery waking up from those moments, I think is a reminder that we're all the same and only hard work gets you to your ultimate goals,” Federer said.