I'm exhausted. Every Grand Slam final I watch lately is an incredible “instant classic” (to borrow a catch phrase from ESPN). Watching the longest Grand Slam men's singles final in the Open era yesterday just about killed me. And I have no idea how those guys did that. In the last two sets, I went back and forth on who I thought was winning because both players looked totally spent at different points in the match. In the end, Novak Djokovic somehow pulled it off. Congratulations to him on winning the 2012 Australian Open – I have a feeling he's off to another incredible year.
And congratulations also to Victoria Azarenka on winning the women's singles final by beating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0. With her win, Azarenka not only gets her first Grand Slam but she takes over the women's No. 1 spot. I feel like I kind of called this one (on Twitter or Facebook or something – I can't remember). Here's a pic of the new No. 1:
Finally, I can't leave the Australian Open without noting the winners of this year's mixed doubles championships – Romanian Horia Tecau and – surprise! – American Bethanie Mattek-Sands! Here's a cute shot of the champs:
You know I've been a fan of Bethanie for quite some time (just see this post: Happy Birthday Bethanie Mattek-Sands!) and that Under Armor eye black (I think its UA) is the reason why.
What's up next? The French Open begins in April! Hopefully we can make it until then.
Image of Novak Djokovic by AFP/Getty, image of Victoria Azarenka by Reuters, image of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecau by Getty Images