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After the first major of the year in the land down under we saw an expected finish on the men’s side and an unexpected result on the women’s side which resulted in a first time major champion. Novak Djokovic is making a case for his name to be mentioned amongst the greatest of all time as he tied Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg with 11 grand slam crowns. He defeated world number two Andy Murray (6-1, 7-5, 7-6) to win his sixth Australian Open title.
“I have to say I’m extremely honored to be mentioned alongside the legends of our sport, like Rod Laver. Thank you Mr. Laver for coming along tonight and making this match special,” Djokovic said from a familiar stance atop the dais, cradling the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup. “Mr. Roy Emerson, who is not here tonight, it’s a great privilege to match the record of one of the greatest players to have played this game.”
Roland Garros the French Open remains the only major missing. A maiden triumph on the red dirt in Paris would pull Djokovic clear in fourth place on the all-time major winners list behind only Federer, Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras. He could pass Nadal and Sampras with a first calendar-year Grand Slam this season.
On the women’s side Angelique Kerber upset top-ranked Serena Williams in the Australian Open final to capture her first career Grand Slam title. In a shocking final German Angelique Kerber the 28 year old lefty defeated heavy favorite Serena Williams (6-4, 3-6, 6-4).
Ranked number six in the world she played a match like no other, “You did so well, let me be the first to congratulate you,” a teary-eyed Williams said on court. “You truly played so well in the moment.” Kerber addressed the crowd with tears in her eyes and said “I was with one leg in the plane for Germany,” she said of nearly going out in the first round. “I take my chance to be here in the final and play against Serena. My dream come true tonight, on this night. My whole life I was working so hard and now I can say that I’m a Grand Slam champion… it sounds so crazy. “I’m really enjoying this moment right now. This is the best two weeks of my life, my career. I had goosebumps when I was playing on the court,” said Kerber, playing in her first major final.
Kerber was not fazed by Williams’ 21-4 record for title matches, Williams who is now 34 owned a 5-1 advantage in head to head match-ups including four in a row in straight sets. It is a new day as Kerber started off this season with an upset for the ages. The next grand slam is the French Open in May.