Double Fault – Aus Open Review – By Jack Maleham

After an enthralling two weeks the Australian Open has come to an end.

Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka both successfully defended their titles and won the first Grand Slam of the 2013 tennis calender.

After a epic fourth round tie against Stanislas Wawrinka, Djokovic overcame tricky opponents in Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer in the quarter-finals and semi-finals to set up a mouthwatering final against Andy Murray.

Murray had beaten 17 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals and took the first set of the final. However after missing break points in the second set Djokovic hit back square the match up at one set all.

After that Djokovic was clinical. He played some magnificent tennis and took the third and fourth sets 6-3 and 6-2 respectively.

This is Djokovic’s fourth Australian Open and also his third in concession. This makes the Serb the first man in 46 years to win three successive titles in Melbourne.

As for Andy Murray despite being beaten in the final, he can take solace from the fact that he has now reached three successive Grand Slam finals. Djokovic-Murray is fast becoming one of the great tennis rivalries.

As for Azarenka she defeated sixth seed Li Na in three sets in the women’s final. The Belarusian beat rising star Sloane Stephens in the semi-finals after the American surprisingly knocked out Serena Williams in the last eight.

Li was in the final thanks to a semi-final win over the in-form Maria Sharapova. She took the first set 6-4 but Azarenka came back strong to win the next two sets. It is the second Australian Open title in a row for the world number one.

So both world number ones and both defending champions took the titles at the Australian Open but can they dominate the Grand Slams this year? Or will the chasing pack such as Murray, Federer, Sharapova and Williams fight back and claim Slams themselves.

You can keep up to date with all the action at The Sporting Week throughout the year.



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