The 2012 Australian Open had quite a finish this weekend. After Azerenka won one of the fastest and most lopsided victories in Australian Open history, Djokovic and Nadal proceeded to play the longest singles Grand Slam final…ever.
Azaraneka def Sharapova: 6-3, 6-0
Match length: 82 minutes
Djovokic def Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5
Match length: 353 minutes
24-year old Djokovic will obviously retain his #1 ranking while 22-year-old Azarenka will make her fist appearance in the #1 spot. Congratulations to both of them.
Over the past two years, only Nadal and Djokovic have won the men’s Grand Slam titles, while on the women’s side, there have been seven different champions. Both sides have a very talented set of athletes; however, the scope of competition could not be more different at this time.
|U.S. Open 11||Djokovic||Stosur|
|French Open 11||Nadal||Na|
|U.S. Open 10||Nadal||Clijsters|
|Wimbledon 10||Nadal||S. Williams|
|French Open 10||Nadal||Schiavone|
This hasn’t always been the case though. There was a time when only a few women dominated the tennis court. In the early 2000s, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, and Jennifer Capriati (all 3 American) won 12 of 13 Grand Slam titles. During this same time period, 10 different men won their respective titles. This is just the cycle of dominace in professional tennis.
Can any of the current women step up and win multiple titles? When will Nadal or Djokovic relinquish their rule? We’ll have to wait and see.
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