A fortnight of scintillating tennis action came to an end today with both predictable and unpredictable finishes. Top seeded players, both men and women, crashed out of the tournament. The Williams, Henins, Jankovics and Dementievas were out of the tournament and finally Maria Sharapova, the number 5 seed Russian clinched the Women’s Singles title, the Australian Open, for the first time playing the best tennis in her career.
In the men’s section, there were a lot of predictions but all those predictions were proved wrong. Two fantastic matches I watched was the marathon match between Roger Federer, the world No 1 and Janko Tipsarevic, the player from Serbia. It was a five-setter and absolute thriller. Tipsarevic rattled the World No 1 right from the word go by winning the first set 7-6 in a tiebreaker. All the five sets were nail-biting finishes except the fourth one, which went in favor of Roger Federer. It looked like Federer would lose the match at one stage, the fact which Federer himself admitted in a post-match interview after winning the match. It was nearly five hours of tennis packed with a flurry of aces, winners, unforced errors, break points and excellent serves and returns. Though it was a third round match, it looked like a title clash. Another exciting match was the match between Marcos Baghdatis and Lleyton Hewitt. This was another third round five-setter. Marcos won the first set and he was all set to finish off Hewitt by his incredible tennis but unfortunately he got injured during the second set and from there he lost the momentum. Despite his injury Marcos played like a champion and he never made things easy for the Australian. Marcos fought with all courage and energy for more than four hours and finally he lost. All through the match Marcos kept his cool and played smiling unlike his opponent who was exhibiting the so-called “Australian Aggression” (only exhibited when the opponent is weak/injured) but Marcos could not control himself when he left the court with tears. I expected a Federer-Nadal title clash but it was Djokovic-Tsonga final and Djokovic finally became the 2008 Australian Open Men’s Champion.