Predictably, or perhaps not so, we have Novak Djokovic, number 1 in the world, in the one corner, and Andy Murray, number 6 in the world, in the other.
Who will ultimately take the brass ring (and the trophy?)?
Let us look at the back story for a minute, and savor what has happened in the past two weeks of this opening grand slam of 2015 tennis.
My personal favorite Roger Federer, number 2 in the world, was taken out midway in the tournament in the third round day 5 by Italian player Andreas Seppi, world number 46.
Relentless tennis, bravo! In their last ten matches, Seppi had only only taken one set. There is a chance! 6-4, 7-6 (7,5), 4-6, 7-6 (7,5). So close!
So, what happened here?
Here are the overall Seppi/Federer match stats from Australian Open website to show just how a virtual unknown can take down a giant~
As we have heard before, numbers never lie!
Look how close these numbers are, the only difference is that Seppi came and conquered at net more, and had less unforced errors. The other stats are relatively equal. And there you have it, that is how to take down a giant.
And Rafael Nadal, we love you! Number 3 in the world brought down by number 7 in the world, Tomas Berdych. Nadal was simply not on his game. This happens! And, Berdych played great. He capitalized on everything he could, and then some. He wanted to win, he worked hard, and probably kept on in his sleep long afterwards! Kudos to you, Tomas Berdych!
And of course, our dueling gladiators Stan Wawrinka, number 4 in the world, versus Novak Djokovic in the semi- finals. True competitors, true grit. We all love seeing these two champions go at it, so creative in offense and defense so creative in delivery the both. Novak Djokovic ultimately prevails, due to stamina and Stan's break down of service game. The scores~ 7-6 (7,1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. Three and one half hours of play.
Which brings us to the men's final, Djokovic versus Murray. Andy Murray had great matches during this Australian Open 2015, and without blinking an eye is in the finals!
So, here you go, too much for a play by play which lasted 3 hours and 39 minutes!
Instead, here are the overall match stats to show what really happened~