Australian Open 2017: All-Williams Final, Federer goes for 18th Slam Title

If you were a big tennis fan but stopped caring for a decade, you will be surprised that your favorites in the early part of the century just made the Australian Open 2017 Finals. The Australian Open 2017 women’s singles finals will feature Serena and Venus Williams which will be a rematch of the Australian Open 2003 Finals. Serena Williams and sister Venus Williams beat younger opponents to set-up a surprising All-Williams finals.  In the men side, Roger Federer beat countryman Stan Wawrinka to be back in the Australian Open finals.  He won his first Australian Open title in 2004.  Tennis fans are hoping that Federer’s long-time rival Rafael Nadal can pull through in his semi-final match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria to complete one of the most star-studded but unlikeliest set of finalists in Australian Open history.

Australian Open 2017: Day 11 Results

Serena Williams 6-2 6-1 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

35-year-old Serena Williams pounced on unseeded Lucic-Baroni to set up the 9th All-Williams Tennis Grand Slam finals.  Williams will face 36-year-old sister Venus who beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe a day ago. The last time, the Williams sister faced each other in an Australian Open Finals was in 2003 where Serena beat her older sister to claim her first ever Australian Open title.

Roger Federer 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 Stan Wawrinka

17th Seed Roger Federer survived a five-set thriller against compatriot and 4th-seed Wawrinka. The 35-year-old tennis legend will try to get his first major title in 4 and a half years.  He is the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since 1974 when Ken Rosewall made it to the US Open Final. Federer could face longtime rival Rafael Nadal if the Spaniard wins his match against Grigor Dimitrov.

WhyCebu Analysis:  

It is an interesting time for tennis.  The old guard has refused to give in to the younger and faster upstarts.  For tennis fans, this is a good day to remember some of the best years of tennis.  Roger, Serena, Venus, and Rafa could be out of competitive tennis in 5 years.  They are living legends in the sport and it is nice to see them once again taking the spotlight.  I will definitely prepare some popcorns to watch both final matches.

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