Sunday, January 27, 2013

"The Joker" is the King of the Deck: Australian Open 2013

Photo: AP

Melbourne, Australia --

Novak ("The Joker") Djokovic (No. 1, Serbia) defeated Andy Murray (No. 3, Great Britain) to claim the 2013 Australian Open men's singles Championship, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2.

The match was played before a capacity crowd at Rod Laver Arena and a world-wide television audience in 3 hours and 40 minutes.

It was top-ranked Novak's 3rd straight Australian Open title, making him the first player in the Open Era to "three-peat" in Melbourne.

It was also Novak's 4th Aussie crown, and his 6th overall Grand Slam title.

"I love this court", exclaimed Djokovic. "It's definitely my favorite Grand Slam. It's an incredible feeling winning this trophy once more."

In the women's Championship Finals, Victoria Azarenka (No. 1, Belarus) defeated Li Na (No. 13, China) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, overcoming a boisterous crowd in favor of her opponent. 

It was Azarenka's second Australian Open title. "This one is way more emotional. It's gonna be extra special for me, for sure," exclaimed Azarenka.

In the men's doubles Championship Finals, the Bryan Brother twins from USA, Bob and Mike, prevailed in straight sets over the Dutch pair Robin Haase and Igor Sjisling, 6-3, 6-4.

It was their sixth Australian Open title, and their 13th overall Grand Slam title, the most ever for any men's doubles team. 

"To be a part of history is pretty special," remarked Mike Bryan, cementing their place as the most winning doubles team of all-time.

Congrats to all the winners, players, fans and supporters of the Australian Open 2013.

It was a fantastic tournament . . . See you next year!

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