Djokovic and Kerber Take Australian Open Titles

by on Monday, February 1

370011The Australian Open is over for another year, and there has been one expected winner, and one whose victory wasn’t predicted by too many pundits. Novak Djokovic powered his way to the men’s title for the sixth time, as expected by most fans of the sport, and Angelique Kerber upset the odds by defeating Serena Williams in the final of the women’s tournament.

Novak Djokovic had the familiar task of facing Andy Murray in the final of the tournament, for the fourth time. He’d never lost to the Scot at this stage of the Australian Open before, and this was a run that would continue in 2016. After taking the first set in easy fashion, he went on to win in straight sets, although the final two sets would be a much bigger test for the Serbian. He would win by a score of 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) though, and equal Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open titles.

Djokovic’s win emphasises the fact that he is now the dominant force in world tennis. It used to be said that there was a Big Four in men’s tennis – Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Murray – but this is no longer the case. Instead, there’s only one big player now, and the rest are scrambling to catch up with him. His next task will be to win the French Open, which he has never done before, and therefore complete a career Grand Slam.

While Djokovic is the main force in the men’s game, Serena Williams is his equivalent in the women’s game. But she proved that she is only human, as she surprisingly lost 6-4 3-6 6-4 to Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the final. It was the first time Kerber had won a Grand Slam, as well as the first time she’s ever reached the final of one of tennis’ big four tournaments. It also comes after a disappointing 2015, where she failed to advance beyond the third round in any of the Grand Slams.

Kerber’s victory now means that she will rise to 2nd in the world, behind only Serena Williams. Could she start to challenge the American regularly for Grand Slam titles now, or will normal service resume when the players head to Paris for the French Open?

It should also be mentioned that there was some success for Great Britain at the Australian Open, as Jamie Murray won the men’s doubles alongside his partner Bruno Soares. Gordon Reid also won the men’s wheelchair tournament, taking his first Grand Slam title in the process.