February 19, 2013
With the Australian Open just getting under way, we thought it’d be a good idea to take a look at some of the moments that have made it such a fantastic tournament over the years.
Becker v Camporese 1991
Becker is one of tennis’ best, and going into the 1991 Australian Open, he already had six Grand-Slam singles titles to his name, so he was obviously feeling confident. When he was drawn against un-seeded Italian Omar Camporese, Becker was expected to sail through to the next round, but what actually happened would become Australian Open folklore.
At two sets up, (7-6, 7-6) everything was going according to plan for the then World number 2, but Camporese fought back to claim the next two sets 0-6, 4-6, taking the match to the wire.
After a game that lasted an incredible five hours, 11 minutes, Becker won the final set 14-12, went on to beat Ivan Lendl in the final and win his first Grand-Slam Down Under.
Nadal v Federer 2009
A match that more than anything, proved how much the game of tennis means to Roger Federer. Victory in Melbourne for the Swiss genius would’ve seen him match Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand-Slams and cement his place amongst tennis’ best ever players.
Sadly, after 4 hours, 22 minutes of play, Federer would lose to his rival Rafael Nadal 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2. The defeat was too much for Roger to take, as he broke down in tears after the defeat. (But don’t worry Fed fans, as the Swiss great has since gone on to win 17 Grand-Slams)
Rosewall v Anderson 1972
Ken Rosewall is one of Australia’s best ever talents.
He won every Grand-Slam on offer, (apart from Wimbledon) but was at his most dominant on home soil, winning the Australian Open on four separate occasions.
When he won his last of the four against Anderson, he became the oldest ever Australian Open champion at the age of 38 (a record which still stands today.)
Interesting fact: As well as being the oldest ever champion in Melbourne, he is also the competitions youngest winner, aged 18 years 2 months.