Novak Djokovic is the Australian Open Tennis Champion for the year 2008. The No. 3 seed Djokovic beat unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a pulsating match that lasted four sets. The eventual scoreline was 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-2). Djokovic thus becomes the first Serbian to win a Grand Slam title and the youngest ever Australian Open Champion (at the Melbourne Park venue) [Match Report]
It was always fancied to be a Federer-Nadal final but these two players beat their much-fancied rivals in the Semi Finals to book their place in the Finals and what a match it was! It was Tsonga who drew first blood as he won the first set 6-4 on the back of a couple of break points. I’d thought that since Djokovic had the big-stage-experience, he would do all the dictating in the match but I was wrong, as far as the first set goes! But the Serb reasserted himself and produced a much more disciplined and aggressive Tennis to take the second set, breaking Tsonga’s serve in the seventh game and closing the set 6-4. The third set too went Djokovic’s way as Tsonga was beginning to get frustrated at Djokovic’s long service times and his own errors. An early break allowed Djokovic to gain the lead and he built upon it to take the third set 6-3. Tsonga came back strongly in the fourth set and the games went with the serve. Although both players had chances at a break, they couldn’t capitalise and the set went into a tiebreak. Djokovic produced some scintillating passes and forehands to gallop away into the lead and a Tsonga double-fault later, he served out the match to take the Championship!
Earlier in the day, India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza lost the Mixed Doubles’ Final to Nenad Zimonjic and Tiantian Sun in straight sets. Sania was carrying a niggling injury and the duo never got into the kind of rhythm that saw them reach the Finals. [Match Report]