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The Australian Open Men’s Singles Champion for 2010 is the No.1 seed Roger Federer (pictured above), who went one victory further than last year when he lost to Rafael Nadal in 5 sets. The World No.1 has now won 16 Grand Slam Singles titles.
The Men’s Singles Final was an entertaining match with both players playing a lot of ground strokes. The great champion of men’s tennis played with more confidence and freedom as compared to Murray who due to feeling so much pressure retreated into his shell and played not to lose for the 1st two sets.
Once Murray was down 2 sets to love it seemed as though he was much happier, perhaps he thought the pressure was off as who would expect him to win now that Federer had a 2 sets to love lead. Hence, the 3rd set was the most entertaining, competitive and the highest level of tennis for the match.
After an intensely competitive 3rd set in which Murray had a lot more opportunities than his opponent Federer clawed back from a 2-5 deficit to force a tie break. Murray served for the set at 5-3 and went up 30-0. Murray had 2 set points at 6-4 in the tie break and had another 3 set points at 7-6 then 9-8 and 11-10.
After a great 72 minute 3rd set somehow Federer who seemed as though he was hanging on for dear life clinched the title after the 24th point of the tie break. Federer recorded his 2nd straight sets victory over Murray in a Grand Slam Final, this time winning 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11) in 2 hours and 41 minutes.
Murray as the runner-up won 1.1 million Australian dollars and 1,400 ATP ranking points to continue his steady progression towards claiming his 1st Grand Slam singles title. Murray appears on course to take the next step this year at the French Open, Wimbledon or the US Open if he can learn how to set aside the immense pressure he has felt in recent times.
As we specifically pointed out in our Men’s final preview (click this link to read-> Australian Open 2010 Men’s Singles Final), the critical factors we predicted were spot on with Murray being unable to control his mental state in order to play aggressively or serve well enough. Federer out served Murray especially on the big points where Murray routinely missed his 1st serve.
Federer now has 4 Australian Open singles titles to his credit, which includes his 2004, 2006-2007 titles. Federer won 2.1 million Australian dollars and 2,000 ATP ranking points, which increased his points, lead as the World No.1.
Now that the Australian Open is completed the new ATP Tour Rankings as at February 1, 2010 will see Federer equal the 3rd placed Jimmy Connors for the most weeks ranked as the World No.1.
Both Connors and Federer have 268 weeks ranked as the World No.1 and his 2010 Australian Open victory means Federer will overtake Connors and 2nd placed Ivan Lendl who has 270. Federer is destined to break the record set by Pete Sampras of 286 weeks on June 14th this year.
The current Top 10 ATP Tour Rankings (1 February 2010) are:
- Roger Federer
- Novak Djokovic – moved up 1 spot
- Andy Murray – moved up 1 spot
- Rafael Nadal – down 2 spots
- Juan Martin Del Potro
- Nikolay Davydenko
- Andy Roddick
- Robin Soderling
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – moved up 1 spot
- Marin Cilic – up 4 spots
For more coverage and information about the 2010 Australian Open on this tennis website click this link -> Australian Open 2010: Jan 13-31.
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