Aussie Open Glimpse
Roger Federer look on holding back tears as Rafael Nadal is awarded the Australian Open championship trophy. AP Photo/Rick Stevens
"Fucking first serve," Serena Williams screamed out after losing the first set of her fourth-round match against Victoria Azarenka.
No one would have blamed Roger Federer of screaming out the same thing as he fell to Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open finals in five sets. He only served 51% of his first serves during the match and, proving he is mortal, double-faulted six times at critical moments.
With Nadal winning 7-5; 3-6; 7-6 (3); 3-6; 6-2, the narrative from the epic final at Wimbledon continued. The long standing tennis demigod with 13 major titles Roger Federer has now been felled by the warrior Rafael Nadal.
There was no warming up in this match. It was hard hitting from the first serve. Federer and Nadal traded breaks in the first two games, and that pretty much set the tone. Momentum was as slippery as a greased pig at a county fair. When it looked like Nadal would run away with the match in the second set, Federer came storming back despite his inability to get his first serve in and broke Nadal in consecutive games to take the set.
In this context it's easy to see how the tears came flowing after the match from Roger Federer. He gave everything he had for four hours and 22 minutes and came up short yet again. His attempt to tie Pete Sampras' record of 14 majors will have to wait until the cruel clay courts of Roland Garros Even then he would have to dethrone Nadal who has won the four straight, the last three coming against Federer himself.