Epic Rivalries at the Australian Open
There’s just something in human nature that enjoys pitting things against each other – think Batman Vs Superman, PC Vs Apple, peanut butter Vs vegemite – the competition is real!
And when it comes to sport, there aren’t many that compare to tennis for famous rivalries between world-class players. It’s why thousands of Aussies are already securing their Australian Open tickets for 2017.
Every year, the Australian Open provides an inspiring spectacle of underdogs and dominators all vying for the glory of winning their first (or in the case of Serena Williams their 23rd) Grand Slam title.
If you’re planning to get your hands on Australian Open tickets, here’s a taste of the famous rivalries you’ll get a glimpse of in Melbourne this summer.
Serena Williams Vs… Everyone
Serena Williams is an undisputed legend in women’s tennis and has consistently dominated at the Australian Open.
On the world stage her total of 22 Grand Slam singles titles is second only to Margaret Court with 24, and she is the only player to win ten Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. Williams also holds the Open Era record for most titles won at the Australian Open(six).
Understandably then, she’s viewed as a formidable opponent by all who compete against her.
However, Williams is not currently ranked the world number one in the women’s league – that title goes to German Angelique Kerber, who overcame Serena in last year’s Aussie Open final in an incredibly emotional match.
With Williams chasing Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record and Kerber hungry for a second Australian Open tournament win, we’re expecting fireworks in 2017.
Novak Djokovic Vs Andy Murray
The Australian Open is where the skilled Serbian, Novak Djokovic won his first Grand Slam and has since claimed six wins at the Aussie tournament, including in 2016.
Many of these final wins have been against Scotland’s Andy Murray. Almost mirroring Djokovic’s wins, Murray has come runner up in five Australian Open finals – and always so frustratingly close.
In the upcoming season, Murray enters 2017 as the current world number one in men’s singles tennis and with what’s being described as the ultimate momentum to take home the big prize down under.
But will it be enough to overcome the mental hurdle of defeating archrival Djokovic and other skilled contenders? Time will tell.
If one thing is certain, 2017 will be another landmark year for the world’s tennis elite as old rivals face off and newcomers make their mark.
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