It feels like déjà vu all over again.
Recall the early part of 2016, when Novak Djokovic held court and appeared destined to turn men’s singles into the sort of affair women’s singles represented in the prime run of Serena Williams.
An injury ran Djokovic off the rails and indirectly contributed to the re-emergence of Roger Federer, who took keen advantage of Djokovic’s absence to win a Grand Slam or two.
Djokovic won the 2018 US Open and now adds the 2019 Australian Open, so we can start the talk of a consecutive Grand Slam grand slam, although Rafael Nadal is still the king of clay and will be the primary obstacle to Djokovic in the French Open. Should Djokovic win that one, the talk can begin in earnest about a calendar year grand slam.
Djokovic had little trouble with Nadal on the hard courts of Melbourne, dismissing Nadal at 3, 2 and three.
A glance at the match statistics is so one-sided that they hardly need mention, but the one that truly leapt off the page is that Nadal did not win two consecutive games for the entirety of the match.
At times, it almost appeared as though one of the two Aussie men whose names will not require mention had been rung-in for Nadal.
For the sake of Queen and country, it pleases us to mention that Sam Stosur shared the women’s doubles championship with partner Zhang Shuai. They did this despite handing Kristina Mladenovic and Time Babos eight points via double faults, an almost unforgiveable number for any match, but particularly egregious for doubles.
Stosur’s last Grand Slam title was the 2014 Wimbledon mixed doubles and to capture one on home soil certainly supplies a capper to a highly respectable career.
It was Zhang’s first Grand Slam title, although she has made it into the deeper round of other slams, both in singles and doubles, including the semi-final of the 2018 U.S. Open, but her Wimbledon record seems to suggest that playing on grass in not her forte.