Congrats to @carl_froch and @mikkelkessler on a great fight! And the respect between them afterwards is so cool to see
Sublime Andy reaches Australian Open Final
Andy has reached the final of the Australian Open after a close fought five set match with Roger Federer, which saw both players produce some phenomenal tennis.
A close encounter from the offset, there were very few opportunities to break, however when the moment came Andy capitalised on a weak Federer second serve to break midway through the first set. Andy then held his serve confidently, to see out the first set, taking it 6-4. The second set was a much closer affair, both players holding serve which led to a tie break. A brief lapse in concentration from Andy led to Federer stealing the second set. However despite losing the second set tie break, Andy appeared unaffected and fresh and flew out of the blocks storming the third set 6-3.
The fourth set arguably produced some of the best tennis of the match from both players, Andy, after slipping down a break a serve, broke back and then forced another break, allowing himself to serve for the match. Federer however produced some unbelievable returns of serve to level the score at 6-6 and eventually taking the tie break. Again undeterred after being edged out again by a tie break, Andy raised his game to a new level and became arguably the sharpest he has been throughout the fortnight. Some sublime tennis saw him charge to a commanding 3-0 lead, to which point it became damage limitation for a noticeably worn Roger Federer. Receiving serve at match point Andy slammed a huge back hand cross court, leaving Federer out of position, allowing Andy to watch Federer’s forehand sail long of the baseline, handing him the final set 6-2.
Speaking after the match Andy gave credit to his opponent saying “Its always tough when you play against Roger, slams are always where he plays his best tennis, its been like that his whole career. Even when his back was against the wall he came out with some unbelievable shots, but I just had to keep fighting and he missed a couple of shots early on in the fifth set and I just stuck in”. Moving onto Sundays final against Novak Djokovic, Andy said “Im going to have to play an unbelievable match, every time we play its always a very physical match with long rallies, he’s a great mover. I’ll need to be ready for the pain and I hope its a painful match because that means it’ll be a good one”
This is Andy’s third Australian Open final and he will play Novak Djokovic on Sunday.