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10 Years of the Australian Open: 2014-2018

2019.01.13 15:08 bekkahthecactus18 10 Years of the Australian Open: 2014-2018

The 2nd and Final Installment!
2014: Ever Tried, Ever Failed.: Coming off 2 bitter losses at slams by Novak Djokovic in the previous year, in the 4th round of the AO and the SF of the US Open, Stanislas Wawrinka was on a mission: He wouldn’t allow it to happen for a 3rd time in a row ,were the pair to meet again in Melbourne. But before he could exact revenge, he needed to reach the QF stage. And he did, via a retirement in his first match, winning against Alejandro Falla in 4 sets in the 2nd round, a walkover in the 3rd round and winning in straights against Tommy Robredo. There, waiting for him was none other than 3-time champion Novak Djokovic. But before we get to that match, there were 6 other men who had fought through the draw to also reach the QF stage. Top seed Rafael Nadal had won the previous slam at Flushing Meadows, and was trying to equal Sampras’ old record of 14 slam titles, as well as becoming the first man in the open era to complete the “Double Career Grand Slam”. He came back from a set down against Grigor Dimitrov in the QF to reach the SF once again, defeating his old foe Roger Federer in straight sets to set up an opportunity for the DCGS and number 14. Andy Murray couldn’t repeat his 5-set win over Federer in the QF and fell in 4 sets, threatening to come back from 2 sets to 0 down by winning the 3rd set. Tomas Berdych defeated David Ferrer, the runner-up of the previous year’s French Open, in 4 sets, to take his place in another slam semi-final. However, he probably didn’t expect his opponent to be Wawrinka, and not Djokovic. In another 5-set epic, this time, Wawrinka had gotten the better of Djokovic, 9-7 in the final set. Whilst there was a chance of an all-Swiss grand-slam final, Nadal quickly crushed that dream, but found himself against a man who had emerged from the shadows of his great compatriot, with powerful groundstrokes and a renewed mindset. Stan had beaten Berdych in 4 close sets for his first ever slam final. Nobody could predict what was to happen on that Sunday evening in Melbourne. Wawrinka played to win, though Nadal began to suffer with a back injury in the 2nd set, and win he did, in 4 sets. He had never taken a set from the Spaniard in 12 previous meetings, yet, he had beaten the top 2 seeds to win his first slam title- the first man to beat both Nadal and Djokovic in the same slam. As a result, Nadal had to accept defeat in a slam final to someone not named Federer or Djokovic for the first time. Victoria Azarenka, 2-time defending champion, couldn’t make it 3 in a row, as she was defeated in the QF by Agnieszka Radwanska. The Pole wasn’t to advance to her 2nd slam final, as she was crushed by powerhouse Dominika Cibulkova in the SF, who had destroyed all in her wake, including a win over former champion Maria Sharapova in the 4th round, coming back from a set down. Other QFists included 11th seeded future finalist Simona Halep (l. to Cibulkova), Ana Ivanovic, who had beaten Serena Williams in the previous round, again, recovering from a set deficit to record victory- she had done the same in the 3rd round to defeat home hope Samantha Stosur. The surprise package this year was 30th Seed Eugenie Bouchard, who defeated Ivanovic to become the first Canadian to reach the SF of a major since USO 1984. She faced Li Na, who had beaten Flavia Pennetta in the QF. It was Li Na who would advance to yet another AO Final, and this time, she finally succeeded, becoming the first Asian AO singles champion. In her brilliant victory speech, she notably thanked her agent, Max for making her rich, and her husband, a nice guy who was lucky to be with her. Having come back from match point down in the 3rd Round against Lucie Safarova, she became the 6th woman to win the AO after saving a match point. The women’s doubles title was successfully defended by Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci, but the Bryan Twins couldn’t defend their title, which went to Lucasz Kubot/Robert Lindstedt.
2015: Novak!... Again.: Melbourne had become so accustomed to having Roger Federer in the SF- in fact, he had been on a streak of 11 consecutive SF at the AO alone, but he came up short in the 3rd round to Andreas Seppi- his earliest loss at the AO since 2001. It effectively freed up a spot in the SF line-up- but there were no new faces there, as we shall see. Nick Kyrgios, having made the QF at Wimbledon the previous year, came back from 2 sets to 0 down against Seppi to set up a QF matchup against Andy Murray. Though he failed to win a set, he became the first teenager to reach 2 grand slam QFs since Rafael Nadal. Speaking of the Spaniard, he also reached the QF, but it was Tomas Berdych who advanced to a SF meeting with Andy Murray in straight sets. Once again, defending champion Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic were drawn in the same half- but this time, it wouldn’t be until the SF. Kei Nishikori, having made the final of the US Open only a few months prior, came up short against the Swiss, but he did better than the man who beat him in the US Open final- Marin Cilic, who did not compete, due to a shoulder injury. Djokovic defeated Milos Raonic to set up the highly anticipated SF with the defending champion, which didn’t disappoint. It was close- until the final set, in which Djokovic sent Wawrinka packing with a bagel. He was back in the final once more, where he was undefeated. His opponent would be none other than Andy Murray, who had come back from a set down to beat Berdych. A familiar story played out- Murray stayed with the Serb throughout the first 2 sets, both decided in a tiebreak, but once Djokovic broke in the 3rd set, the writing was on the wall. Murray was bagelled in the 4th set to give Djokovic a 5th AO title. Unfortunately for Andy, this then game him the unwanted record of becoming the first man in the Open Era to have 4 final losses at the AO. Li Na, sadly did not return to defend her title, as she retired from tennis in September 2014. Defending finalist, Dominika Cilbukova, reached the QF stage, but couldn’t do much against Serena Williams, who ended her challenge. Unseeded Madison Keys was her surprise opponent in the SF, beating Serena’s sister Venus Williams in the QF. Serena got sisterly revenge, however, defeating Madison in straight sets. On the other half of the draw, Ekaterina Makarova and Maria Sharapova ensured it would be a Russia vs. USA final, beating Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard respectively. However, it would be the top 2 seeds who would face off for the title- Sharapova at this point had not recorded a win over Serena since late 2004, and she would have to wait again- even though Serena had vomited off court during the final. Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, and her 6th AO title- closing in on the record held by Steffi Graf. The Italian Women failed to defend their doubles title, which was won by “Team Bucie”- Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova. However, the Italian men’s pairing of Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini picked up where their ladies left off, and became the AO champions in the Men’s Doubles.
2016: Guess Who!: After his incredible season in 2015, the big favourite for the title was the defending champion, Novak Djokovic. He defeated Hyeon Chung in the first round in straight sets, and looked good until the 4th round, where he was troubled by the tricky Gilles Simon. The Serb committed 102 unforced errors, but still managed a way through to the QF, where he defeated Kei Nishikori. He showed an incredibly high level of tennis in the SF against Roger Federer, who he defeated in 4 sets, to return to the final for a 6th time. Federer had enjoyed a successful 2015, but for the 3rd slam in a row, Djokovic had ended his hopes for a long-awaited 18th slam title. Unfortunately for Federer, the day after his semi-final, he suffered a torn meniscus in his knee- putting the rest of his 2016 season in jeopardy. Tennis said goodbye to former finalist, world no.1 and 2 time slam champion Lleyton Hewitt, after his 2nd round loss to David Ferrer. Of course, it wasn’t a final goodbye, just more of a farewell to singles tennis. Gael Monfils was a surprise QFist, coming through his section, where the highest seed was Rafael Nadal, who lost in 5 sets in the first round to Fernando Verdasco, who finally got revenge for his heartbreaking 2009 SF loss. Monfils, however, lost to Milos Raonic in the QF, who had beaten former champion Stan Wawrinka in 5 sets in the 4th round. He faced Andy Murray, who had in turn beaten David Ferrer in 4 sets to reach another AO SF. He had enjoyed a relatively easy run to the SF, defeating home favourite Bernard Tomic in the 4th round, and Alexander Zverev in the 1st round, who was appearing in his first AO. Raonic was a stern test for Murray in the SF, and looked like an upset could possibly be on the cards at 2 sets to 1 up-, before the most Milos thing happened: he got injured. With a 5-set win over Raonic, it meant that tennis fans would be treated to Djokovic vs Murray in the final once again. It was the same story, different year. A tale as old as time, Djokovic won his 6th AO title, tying the all-time record held by Roy Emerson. Murray had now lost 5 finals at Melbourne Park, equalling the record held by his then-coach, Ivan Lendl of losing 5 slam finals at one slam. In the women’s tournament, chaos was at an all-time high. 12 seeds lost in the first round, including 2nd seed and French Open Runner-up Simona Halep, to qualifier Zhang Shuai and former finalist Venus Williams, to Australian-born Brit Johanna Konta. In fact, Konta enjoyed support from the crowd to make it all the way to the SF, beating Zhang in the QF. This edition of the AO was also the first slam appearance for future US Open Champion Naomi Osaka, who came through qualifying, beat 18th seed Elina Svitolina in the 2nd round, but lost in the next round to Victoria Azarenka. Top seed and defending champion Serena Williams was attempting to equal Steffi Graf’s Open Era Record of 22 Grand Slams, but in somewhat of a twist, she would be denied by a German in the final. She reached the final after taking out old foes Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska in the QF and SF respectively. Angelique Kerber, the 7th seed, had come back from the brink of defeat against Misaki Doi in the first round, and so was essentially playing with house money. She didn’t drop another set through to the final- defeating former champion Victoria Azarenka in the QF, and unseeded Johanna Konta in the SF. She took the first set in the final against Williams, but recovered to win in 3 sets to become the first German since Steffi Graf at 1999 Roland Garros to win a slam singles title. In the ladies’ doubles, Mattek-Sands/Safarova couldn’t defend their title, due to Lucie Safarova having a bacterial infection, and the title was won by Martina Hingis, and her partner Sania Mirza. In the Men’s doubles, a Murray finally won an AO title- but it was Andy’s older brother Jamie Murray with partner Bruno Soares, who took the trophy home.
2017: #ThrowbackThursday: Tennis fans and pundits alike have named the 2017 Australian Open as one of the best editions of any slam this decade, and it’s not hard to see why. With faster courts, a new logo, and improved facilities for players and fans alike, it seemed to be an “all-new” Australian Open. The Big 4 were back together at a slam for the first time in a year, but things were different this edition. Andy Murray was the world no.1 and top seed for the first time, and after finally winning the French Open the previous season, defending champion Novak Djokovic just hadn’t looked like the same player. Rafael Nadal had ended his season during the Asian indoor hardcourt swing to allow his wrist to heal properly, after withdrawing from the French Open before his 3rd round match, not playing Wimbledon, and winning an second Gold Medal for Spain at the Olympics in the Men’s Doubles. Roger Federer, now seeded 17th after shutting down his season after his SF loss to Milos Raonic at Wimbledon 6 months earlier, had played at the Hopman Cup, but the tennis world was simply grateful that the 17-time Slam Champion was back healthy, even though it looked like the dream of #18 had died. The first shockwaves were felt around Melbourne Park when the unthinkable happened: 6-time champion Novak Djokovic was out in the 2nd round to world #117 Denis Istomin in 5 sets, which included an epic, 15-minute first game. The door then, was left ajar for Andy Murray to finally hold the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup aloft- but it wasn’t to be for the Brit. Another shock loss in the men’s draw- Murray had fallen to serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev in the 4th round in 4 sets. Now, Murray was drawn to face Federer in the QF, but to be fair, nobody was really looking that far for Roger. He had looked shaky in his first 2 matches, but made it through Jürgen Melzer and Noah Rubin, before his first major test in Tomas Berdych. Surprising the tennis world, Federer defeated the Czech in straight sets with an impressive performance, setting up a meeting with Kei Nishikori in the 4th round, where again he was victorious, but this time in 5 sets. Now into the QF in his first tournament since Wimbledon, Federer fans began to think that the impossible was possible. Elsewhere in Federer’s half, Britain’s Dan Evans, who had really started to make lines waves in the tennis world (He had held match point over eventual champion Stan Wawrinka the summer before at Flushing Meadows), and caused an upset by defeating Marin Cilic to reach the 3rd round. He knocked out another seed in Bernard Tomic, before his challenge ended in the 4th round to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. On the topic of Wawrinka, he had survived a potential upset in his opening match against Martin Klizan, who had come back from 2 sets to 1 down to force a 5th set, but he made it safely to the QF to face Tsonga. In the bottom half of the draw, which was now wide open due to Djokovic’s loss, Grigor Dimitrov was the man who emerged from Novak’s section, beating Istomin in the 4th round. He would face David Goffin in the QF, who had defeated two big-serving giants en-route. Reilly Opelka in the first round in 5 sets, and Ivo Karlovic in straight sets in the 3rd round, after Dr. Ivo had come back from 2 sets to love down in the first round to defeat Horacio Zeballos 22-20 in the final set [still not longer time-wise than the 2012 final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal!]. Milos Raonic returned to the QF of the Australian Open after coming through his section relatively unscathed, and he was set to face Rafael Nadal, who hadn’t had it so easy. In the 3rd round, Nadal had been on the brink of defeat to teenager Alexander Zverev, who was 2 sets to 1 up before he began to suffer from cramps. Though he eventually lost that match in 5 sets, the 24th seed made sure that the Tennis world took notice of his talent and potential. Of course, 2017 turned out to be an incredible year on the tour for young Sascha. After defeating Gael Monfils in 4 sets, Rafa was back in the QF. But once Nadal set up a SF meeting with Dimitrov, and Federer with his compatriot Wawrinka, the chance of a Fedal Final was high- and that was exactly what tennis fans were treated to- after 2 dramatic semi-finals. In the first semi, Federer looked to be on the brink of another Australian Open final, when Wawrinka won the next 2 sets to take it to a decider. It wasn’t to be another slam final for Stan, however, and Roger advanced to his 28th Slam final. Nadal also had to win in 5 tight sets, with Dimitrov playing some very inspired tennis, trying to reach his first grand slam final, but to no avail. “Fedal XXXV” would decide the Australian Open Champion, with a lot riding on the line. Federer had not beaten Nadal at a slam since the 2007 Wimbledon Final and was behind in the H2H by 11-23, but had 17 slams to Rafa’s 14- a number which would surely increase for the Spaniard at the French Open for years to come. The first 4 sets of the final were split, and a tense decider brought the best tennis out of both men. Federer was broken at the start of the 5th set and trailed Nadal 1-3; but legends do not quit. The Swiss reeled off 4 games in a row to reach Championship point. His second match point was a Forehand winner to the deuce side, which was challenged by Nadal, but proven to be in by Hawkeye. 6 months after he called off his season in his first tournament back, Roger Federer had beaten his biggest rival to finally claim slam #18, which he had been fighting for since he won Wimbledon in 2012. The Women’s tournament was just as dramatic. Defending Champion Angelique Kerber was unable to capture her 3rd Major Title, suffering a surprise loss to Coco Vandeweghe in the 4th round. 3rd seed Agnieszka Radwanska didn’t fare so well, falling in the 2nd round to unseeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who’s incredible run didn’t stop there. After beating Maria Sakkari and qualifier Jennifer Brady in the 4th round, she advanced to the QF, facing 5th seed an a favourite for the title, Karolina Pliskova in a tightly-fought match. Astonishingly, the 34-year-old had made it to her 2nd slam SF- nearly 18 years after her first at Wimbledon in 1999, where she lost to none other than Steffi Graf. Abused by her own father during her meteoric rise on the ladies’ tour in the late 90s as a 15-year old, her determination and strength to come back after an extended break in the early 2000s inspired many- and proved that age is nothing but a number. However, she wasn’t the only one to prove this. Venus Williams, who had won her first slam at Wimbledon in 2000, was in the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the first time since the 2003 tournament, where she reached the final, losing to her sister Serena Williams. Here, after defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinal and then Vandeweghe in 3 sets to reach the final, delight was evident on her face, as she twirled around Rod Laver Arena in ecstasy. Her sister, Serena, had also reached the quarter-final, facing Johanna Konta in the quarterfinal. Konta, who had been a surprise semi-finalist the year before, was now the 9th seed after a strong year on the tour. Although her ranking had sharply risen over the previous 18 months, she was no match for the younger Williams sister, and neither was Lucic-Baroni, meaning that tennis fans would be treated to the ultimate throwback weekend- A Williams sisters showdown on Saturday, Federer vs Nadal on Sunday- just like Wimbledon 2008. In the final, Venus came up short against her little sister, and lost her 2nd AO final. With her victory and 23rd Grand Slam Singles title, Serena finally surpassed Steffi Graf’s open era record of 22 Slams, and with it, regained the WTA #1 ranking. She didn’t drop a set all tournament. The story didn’t end there, though. In April 2017, she announced her pregnancy- and at 20 weeks, she was 2 months pregnant at the time of the AO final. Her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. bears the initials “AOO”- perhaps in honour of her being a part of her record-breaking victory at the Australian Open. In the Women’s doubles, it was once again “Team Bucie”, Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova who took the title, and in the Men’s doubles, ** John Peers** claimed his first slam title in front of his home crowd, with partner Henri Kontinen.
2018: Wozniacki Realises a Dream: A lot had changed in the 12 months after the Australian Open. The 2017 final was a sign of things to come- Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer had dominated the slams that year, splitting them equally between them. As a result, they entered this edition as the top 2 seeds- a stark difference to their rankings from a year before. Some of the other seeds didn’t fare so well- the finalist of the previous slam, Kevin Anderson, didn’t even make it 6 hours into the tournament, being knocked out by up-and-coming Brit Kyle Edmund in 5 sets. Edmund didn’t stop there, though. Taking Anderson’s draw, he was drawn to potentially face World Tour Finals semi-finalist Jack Sock, but he was also knocked out on the first day, losing to Yuichi Sugita, starting his incredibly poor year as a singles player. Edmund had a tough battle with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the 3rd round, winning 7-5 in the final set, before advancing to the QF stage to face the previous year’s semi-finalist, Grigor Dimitrov. Keeping his composure and displaying some very inspired tennis, Edmund became the first British man since Andy Murray to reach the SF stage of a slam, and the possibility was there (albeit a small one) for him to be victorious in Melbourne- before the former world no.1. His opponent, Marin Cilic had a couple of 4-set victories on the way to the QF, notably, a close match against 10th seed Pablo Carreño Busta in the 4th round, but his biggest test was to come with a meeting with Nadal. It was an tight affair- with Nadal winning sets 1&3, but in the 4th set, it became clear that Nadal was struggling with his movement and looked to be in serious pain. Unfortunately for the Spaniard, his quest for the double career grand slam ended in a retirement, trailing 0-2 in the final set. He had, fortunately, secured the world no.1 ranking. Cilic capitalised on the nerves of Edmund in the semi-final to reach his 3rd slam final, and second in 6 months. In the other half of the draw, the 3rd Quarter, drawn to be Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev, saw neither man reach that stage- instead it was Tennys Sandgren, who was the subject of media scrutiny after his impressive results- due to the political and personal opinions found on his twitter. His second match was a win over a former champion returning from knee surgery, somewhat hastily, Stan Wawrinka. His next famous win was a tussle against Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinal, winning that in 5 sets. His QF Opponent, Hyeon Chung, a young South Korean who had won the Next Gen ATP Finals months before, was set to go on a historic run. Bagelling 4th seed Sascha Zverev in the final set, he set up an intriguing match-up with 6-time champion Novak Djokovic, who after shutting down his season after a retirement to Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon 6 months earlier, was seeded 14th. What followed was an incredible display of defensive, athletic tennis- in which the Korean out-Djokovic’ed Djokovic in 3 very close sets. With his win, he became the first South Korean to reach the QF of a major- and incredibly, went one better after beating Sandgren to advance to South Korea’s first semi-final. As a result, Edmund and Chung became the first unseeded slam semi-finalists for a decade. Unfortunately for him, his opponent, now a 19-time slam champion in Federer, had failed to drop a set thus far- even though Berdych looked very good at the start of their quarterfinal. The semi-final was not played out- Chung had sustained some horrific-looking blisters en route to the semi-final, and retired trailing 2-5 in the 2nd set. As a result, Federer advanced to a record 30th slam final, looking for his 20th Grand Slam- an unprecedented number, as many believed Pete Sampras’ previous record would stand for a number of decades- 16 years since his retirement, his tally has incredibly been passed by 3 men. The final was a nervy affair- both men suffering with nerves, but Cilic refused to give up. Levelling it up at 2 sets all after Federer had points for a double break in the 4th set, it was do-or-die for both men- and it was again the great Swiss, winning the final set 6-1- just like the year before, there was a hawkeye challenge on match point to delay Federer’s celebrations, but the second serve was in. Roger Federer extended his slam lead over Nadal to 20-16, and he won his 6th Australian Open- equalling the record of Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson. This also made him the only man to hold the title record at 3 of the 4 slam events, and the only to have at least 6 titles at 2 slam tournaments. He was the oldest slam champion since Ken Rosewall in 1972, and nearly 15 years after his 2003 Wimbledon victory, he extended his record of the longest time between first and latest slam title won. Furthermore, it was the first time since the 2008 US Open that Federer had successfully defended a slam title. As defending champion Serena Williams was still on maternity leave after giving birth in September 2017, she was unable to defend her title. Women’s tennis had been showing that the next generation was now ready to take over, permanently. The surprise winner of the US Open months before, Sloane Stephens, hadn’t won a match since then, and her woes continues, bowing out in the first round against Shuai Zhang. Marta Kostyuk became the youngest player since Martina Hingis to win a main-draw slam match at the tender age of 15-years old, reaching the 3rd round before losing in straight sets to her compatriot and 4th seed, Elina Svitolina. Her road ended there, with a loss to surprise, unseeded package Elise Mertens, who had defeated home hope Daria Gavrilova in a late-night match in the second round, Alizé Cornet in the 3rd round and Petra Martic in the round of 16. Through to her first slam semi-final- without dropping a set. She would face former world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki, who had first reached a slam final at the 2009 US Open, but had never been able to even win a set against her opponents in the 2 finals that she had reached, thus having the unfortunate title of being a “Slamless World No.1”. Desperate to finally rid herself of her slam demons, she had fought back from 2 match points down against Jana Fett in the 2nd round (albeit helped by a bit of… tightness on Jana’s end) and had another fight in her quarterfinal against one of the few one handed backhands on the ladies tour, Carla Suarez Navarro, who managed to snatch the 2nd set, but otherwise had few answers for the Wozniacki game. She defeated Mertens in straight sets to reach her third slam final. Her opponent, top seed Simona Halep, had a rocky tournament. Twisting her ankle in her first round match against hard-hitting young Australian Destanee Aiava, an epic match ending 15-13 in the third set against Lauren Davis, in which she saved 3 match points and a fight back from 2 match points down against former champion Angelique Kerber in the semi-final meant that the Romanian was battle-hardened and had found an inner strength. Speaking of Kerber, her 2017 season was disappointing compared to her incredible 2016 season, where she won 2 slams, but with a return to the late stages of a slam once again, it was evident that she was back in form. Her victims included Maria Sharapova and the ever tricky Su-Wei Hsieh, who had been perilously close to victory over Kerber, but was unable to finish the job. US Open finalist Madison Keys was her QF opponent, but was unable to replicate her form from Flushing Meadows, losing quickly 6-1, 6-2. The final was guaranteed to break the heart of the loser, even more than usual. Aside from the #1 ranking guaranteed for the winner, both ladies had been world #1 without winning a grand slam, thus, a victory would be extra-special. The scar tissue from their previous slam finals had accumulated, none more so than for Simona Halep, who had been on the brink of winning the French open the previous year, before Jelena Ostapenko produced some outstanding low-percentage tennis to snatch the trophy from her grasp. The Dane and the Romanian split the first 2 sets, and they exchanged numerous breaks of serve before Halep served 4-5 down. She ended up losing that game, and the match from 30-15 up. When Halep hit a backhand into the net match point down, Caroline Wozniacki finally won a grand slam- the first Danish player to do so in singles. As “Sweet Caroline” was played around Rod Laver Area honouring the newest member of the slam winning club, one could not help but feel devastated for Simona Halep. Her winning moment would finally come at the French Open, months later, leaving 3 players who had reached no.1 without winning a slam. Dinara Safina, Jelena Jankovic, and Karolina Pliskova are the unfortunate remaining members of the club. Unfortunately,due to her horrific knee injury sustained at Wimbledon the previous year, Bethanie Mattek-Sands was unable to partner with Lucie Safarova to defend their Women’s Doubles title from the previous year, opening the door for Timea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic to win their first slam title together. Babos was the first Hungarian to win a slam since 1986. Their defeated opponents, Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina were attempting to complete the Career Golden Slam, having won the 2013 French Open, 2017 Wimbledon, 2016 Olympics Gold Medal and 2014 US Open together, but once again, came up short. In the Men’s Doubles, Oliver Marach/Mate Pavic won their first slam title together, defeating the Colombian Pairing of Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah in the final.
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2018.05.26 21:04 bekkahthecactus18 20 Years of FO Tennis... (2004-2011)

1997-2003 Thank you for the positive reaction to my last post, and I hope that you guys enjoy this one. Please feel free to comment any other memories that you have of these years. As soon as i finish up, I'll post 2012-2017.
2004, The Year of the Argentines: Gaston Gaudio became the first Man in the open era to save match points in a slam final, and win after being bagelled in the first set against Coria, and that Guga guy beat Federer in his first slam as no.1 in the 3rd round. Thus began his run of 36 consecutive QFs at slams until that Stakhovsky guy did that thing at Wimbledon 2013. (Fun Fact, this is the most recent slam in which none of the male SFists had won a slam before.). Other notable Argentine results included Nalbandian reaching the SF (as well as Paola Suarez in the women’s draw), and Juan Ignacio Chela reaching a QF. The longest match in history (at that point) was contested between Frenchmen Santoro and Clement in the 1st round, which took 2 days and 6hr 33min to complete, and ended 16-14 in the last set, with Fabrice Santoro winning. Remarkably, Santoro won another 5 set match in his next match, before running out of gas in the 3rd round. Tomas Berdych also made his FO debut, losing in the 1st round. Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva went head to head to become the first Russian woman to win a singles Slam title, and Myskina took the honours, also becoming the first woman at the FO to win the title after saving a match point (against Kuznetsova in the 4th round). She never won a slam again. Martina Navratilova played her first slam in 10 years, but lost to Gisela Dulko (another Argentine!) in the 1st round. Maria Sharapova also found herself in her first slam QF, a year after her FO debut. Malisse/O. Rochus took the men’s doubles title over Llodra/Santoro, breaking French hearts, and Ruano/Suarez took back their doubles title. Gasquet/Golovin won the mixed doubles title as wildcards for France (aged 17 and 16 respectively), over the Black Siblings, and one Gael Monfils won the boys’ title over Alex Kuznetsov.
2005: The Legacy Begins: Rafael Nadal made his first FO appearance, beat Mariano Puerta in the final for his first slam… and the rest is history. Stan Wawrinka made his first appearance at a Major, we met Gluten Novak and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and we saw Agassi for the last time at the FO, losing to Nieminen in 5 sets in the first round. Justine Henin-Hardenne def. Mary Pierce for her 2nd FO title. Ana Ivanovic was in her 2nd ever slam main draw, and remarkably, she was seeded. Jonas Bjorkman/Mirnyi def. Bryan2, Ruano/Suarez won again, this time, Cara Black/Liezel Huber were their final Victims. Hantuchova/Santoro def. Navratilova/Paes for the mixed doubles title. A Croatian boy named Marin Cilic won the Boys’ title, and Azarenka/Szavay won the girls’ doubles title.
2006: the First Sunday Slam Start: Roger Federer made his first FO final, trying to become the first man since Rod Laver to hold all 4 majors at the same time, but… Nadal happened. It was also the 2nd time since 1985 that the 4 top seeds reached the SF (Nalbandian and Ljubicic were the 3rd and 4th seeds). 19-year old Novak Djokovic retired against Nadal in the QF (thought it was something Gluten related, but it was his back), and we saw Juan Martin del Potro in a slam for the first time, after he made his way through qualifying. Future World no.1 and FO Finalist Andy Murray made his first FO appearance, losing in the 1st round. Henin-Hardenne won again, this time, Kuznetsova was her final victim. The Men’s doubles final was exactly the same as in 2005, Raymond/Stosur won the women’s doubles, and Srebotnik/Zimonjic def. Likhovtseva/Nestor for the mixed doubles title. Klizan won the boys’ singles, and Aga Radwanska def. Pavlyuchenkova for the girls’ singles. Nishikori was one half the boys’ doubles champions, and Pavs got revenge over Aga in the girls doubles final (Aga partnered with a future singles World no.1 from Denmark).
2007: Nadal and Henin get 3 in a row: Nadal beat Federer for the 3rd straight year at RG, Federer tried to do that 4 in a row thing that Laver did but couldn’t, but he did get a record 8th consecutive slam final. Henin (no more Hardenne for her) won her 4th RG, this time without dropping a set (equalling Seles’ record of 3 consecutive RGs), so Ana Ivanovic had no chance in the final. Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Dominika Cibulkova all made their main-draw debuts. Knowles/Nestor finally won, beating Dlouhy/Vizner in the final, Molik/Santangelo won the women’s doubles, and Dechy/Ram won the mixed doubles. Oh, and some Alizé Cornet girl won the girls’ singles.
2008: Nadal destroys the field: Nadal. Again. This time, Federer felt the burn in the final. (it was THAT final, AKA Roger’s worst loss at a slam. Ever. Still is.) it was the 1st time that Nadal didn’t drop a set en route to the title. Gael Monfils reached the SF, losing to Federer in 4 sets, Ernests Gulbis found himself in the QF of a slam for the first time. We saw Guga for the final time, Ancic never returned to the FO, and Henin didn’t return to defend her title, as she retired from tennis only 11 days before the FO. Ivanovic won her only slam title, beating Dinara Safina in the final. Carla Suarez Navarro, who had qualified into the main draw of a slam for the first time, was stopped by Jelena Jankovic in the QFs. Petra Kvitova made her first slam main-draw appearance. Cuevas/Horna won the men’s doubles, Medina/Ruano won the women’s doubles, and Azarenka/Bob Bryan won the mixed doubles. In the girls’ singles, future no.1 Simona Halep beat Elena Bogdan for the title, and another future no.1, Henri Kontinen was one half of the boys’ doubles title winners.
2009: Federer finally triumphs, Nadal finally beaten: Federer finally got his elusive FO title, beating Nadal’s conqueror Robin Söderling, matched Sampras’ 14 Slam record, and completed the Career Grand Slam. Nadal’s loss to Söderling was his first at the FO, the end of a record 31 match winning streak in the French capital, and his first over best-of-5 on Clay. Federer also had to come back from 2 sets down against Tommy Haas to reach the QF, and then had another 5 set battle with Juan Martin Del Potro, coming back from 2 sets to 1 down to reach the final. Soderling nearly blew a 2 sets to 0 lead against Gonzalez, but won the final set 6-4 to set up the final with Federer, which included a court invader. Kuznetsova blocked Safina from getting a slam, and got her second, and Maria Sharapova made her comeback after a serious shoulder injury and surgery, and ended up losing in the QF to Dominika Cibulkova, who held a match point 6-0, 5-0 up. Dlouhy/Paes won the mens’ doubles, Medina/Ruano won the Women’s doubles, which was Ruano Pascual’s 6th FO doubles title. HubeBob Bryan won the mixed doubles. In the girls singles, Dominic Thiem’s future bae Kiki Mladenovic managed something her man never could, and won the junior FO, against a Russian Daria Gavrilova.
2010: Nadal’s Revenge: Back on that Nadal train. This time, he got revenge over Soderling in the final. Soderling in turn, got Revenge over Roger Federer in the QF. Tomas Berdych was a set away from a FO final, but Robin said “No chance, mate”, and took the last 2 sets to set up a rematch with Nadal. 4th seed Andy Murray came back from 2 sets to 0 down against Richard Gasquet in the first round, before losing to Berdych in the 4th round. Future USO finalists Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori got a taste of main draw Roland Garros action for the first time. Schiavone became the first Italian woman to win a Major, beating Stosur in the final, who in turn beat a returning Henin, who was on a 24 match winning streak at the FO. Simona Halep also made her slam main draw debut. NestoZimonjic won the men’s title, and Williams2 won the women’s title, their 2nd Career Golden Doubles slam, and held all 4 doubles slams at the same time. Srebotnik/Zimonjic won the mixed doubles, and Elina Svitolina won the girls’ title over Ons Jabeur. Babos/Stephens won the girls doubles title.
2011: Li Na makes History: Nadal. Number 6. But, he did get to play his 2nd 5 set match at RG, this time, against John Isner, who was 2 sets to 1 up in the 1st round, before losing. Federer ended Djokovic’s 41 match winning streak in the SF, but couldn’t get more than a set over Nadal in the final. Andy Murray reached the SF but lost to Nadal. His run included a comeback win from 2 sets to 0 down against Viktor Troicki in the 4th round. Fabio Fognini made an impressive run to the QF, including a 5 set win, 11-9 in the final set in the 4th round over Albert Montañés, but withdrew before the QF against Novak Djokovic. Grigor Dimitrov entered the FO main draw for the first time. Li Na became the first Asian Grand Slam Singles Champion, defeating defending champion Schiavone in the final. It was the first time since 2003 USO that neither Venus or Serena were in the main draw. (Serena: Pulmonary Embolism, Venus: Hip Injury). Future slam champion Sloane Stephens made her slam main draw debut. Mirnyi/Nestor won the mens doubles, Hlavackova/Hradecka won the womens doubles, and Dellacqua/Lipsky won the mixed. Bjorn Fratangelo def. Dominic Thiem in the boys final, and Ons Jabeur def. Monica Puig for the girls’ title.
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