It was a record breaking weekend for tennis, as we saw two momentous finals close this year’s Australian Open.

It was a record breaking weekend for tennis, as we saw two momentous finals close this year’s Australian Open.

First up was the Ladies’ final which saw the two Williams sisters go head-to-head. This was the 28th time the two sisters have faced each other in a tournament. As a six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams was the favourite going into the final, where she arguably had the upper hand over her sister.

It looked like Serena was struggling at the start as she had 13 unforced errors in her five opening games. In a thrilling first set Serena managed to pull it back with the score ending 6-4. However, Venus was just as strong in the second set, making it as challenging for her sister as possible. The reigning champion proved too dominant and went on to win the second set 6-4, as well giving Serena her eighth Australian open Grand Salm title.

This now makes Serena Williams a 23-time Grand Slam winner, overtaking Steffi Graff who won 22 Grand Slams in her career. It also gives her back the top spot as World Number 1 which was held by Angelique Kerber before the final took place.

The second final was just as highly anticipated as the first, with two icons of the sport Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal battling it out on court. After suffering from an injury in the second half of last year this was Federer’s first tournament since Wimbledon, and it was a spectacular return with a tense final that lasted just over three and a half hours.

The Swiss was strong in the first set, breaking Nadal’s serve to push through to win it 6-4, but struggled in the second allowing Nadal to take the first four games and lost the set 3-6. With two sets apiece the tension built as Federer needed off-court medical time-out to deal with an injury, before returning for the final set. Powering through he won a 26-stroke rally and went on to take the title with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

Federer’s success at the Australian Open gives him his 18th Grand Slam title extending his lead at the top of the Men’s major winners list, and he becomes the first man to win five or more titles at three different Grand Slams.

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