Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 31 January 2010

Roger Federer Wins 16th Grand Slam at Australian Open

Roger Federer put on another tennis masterclass this morning, winning his 16th Grand Slam title, 6-3 6-4 7-6 over Andy Murray.

The world number 1, who broke down after losing last year's final to Rafael Nadal showed few signs of slowing down after he put on a great display of tennis from the start.

Roger Federer's brilliance and consistency was on show as he produced 46 winners to Andy Murray's 29. He set up his rallies well and his serving was excellent. When he needed it, Federer's serve got him out of trouble on many occasions. Andy Murray's serving was not good enough with a low first serve percentage, especially in the first two sets. This allowed Federer to attack Murray's weak second serve, taking 4 of 12 break points.

Andy Murray had several chances in the third set, up 5-2 at one stage, but the world number 1 was able to claw his way back into it and force it into a tie break. And what a tense tie break it was. Andy Murray had five set points, which included a passing shot into the net and a volley from the net that went wide. If either had made it in play they would have been winners. But Federer was brilliant when he needed to be, held his nerve and showed off his skills as he took the tie break 13-11 and claimed his fourth Australian Open title.

Our Tennis Tipster called his one superbly in his preview for the final: “With Andy Murray’s first serve percentage being unimpressive, look for Federer to attack the second serves to improve his chances of forcing breaks” and “Andy Murray needs to win the first set in this final to make it interesting because I see Roger Federer winning in straight sets if he takes the first” to quote him. He also text me this morning: “Fed in 3”.

Congratulations to Roger Federer and commiserations to Andy Murray. It wasn't a classic final but it was a classic performance from the legendary Roger Federer.

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