Thanks a lot to Edward for sharing his photos.
With his 5-set victory in the final of the Australian Open over Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer claims an 18th Slam title, his first since 2012.
In celebration of Federer’s latest achievement, NIKELAB introduces its first signature performance collection. The NikeCourt x RF Men’s Tennis Polo and Short is available at nike.com in Gym Red, Binary Blue and Dark Obsidian/Black.
In celebration of Serena Williams’ history-making 23rd Slam title, NikeCourt and Jordan Brand present two color versions of the exclusive women’s NikeCourt Flare.
Additionally, the celebratory pack includes the AJ1 SW collaboration, complete with Serena’s personal logo on the tongue and heel.
The NikeCourt x Jordan Brand commemorative box is adorned with Jordan’s iconic Jumpman on the left lid and Williams’ “SW” logo on the right. Beneath each lies graphics which underscore the two champions’ shared athletic achievement. Under the Jumpman lies the number ’23,’ the symbolic tie between MJ and Serena. Additionally, six words (one for each of MJ’s championships) — creative, determined, innovative, classic, performance and stylish — appear as reminder of both athletes’ winning mindset. Beneath Williams’ logo is a flowing pattern highlighting her career. It is intentionally unfinished, allowing for Serena’s drive for continued success.
Growing up in Compton, California, it’s not expected that you’re going to be the greatest tennis player who ever lived, one of the greatest — if not the greatest — athletes in the history of the sport. It’s a situation that comes along once every hundred years.
Serena has had something special ever since I saw her at eight years old, [when] I hit a few balls with her and her sister. But I didn’t realize at the time that she’d be as great as she is. She has this will — more will than any other male or female player I’ve ever seen. Even though she has accomplished a lot, she wants more. That’s something that separates a champion from a truly great champion. She wasn’t satisfied when she got as many majors as her sister. She wasn’t satisfied when she caught up to [past champions] and she doesn’t seem satisfied now that she’s claimed the record for singles title in the Open Era. She wants to be considered the best ever.
Even though she has accomplished a lot, she wants more. That’s something that separates a champion from a truly great champion.
She’s the player who’s gotten out of more trouble, out of more match-point situations, out of more match-game situations; she’s in another gear, mentally. It’s hard to dig deep in your soul to find what it is that allows you to continue — to not only want it but to train for it and accept it. When that happens, people may treat you differently. They may resent it. They may have trouble accepting it, may not respect it, so you put yourself out on an island a little bit.
Early in her career, she didn’t play a great deal of tournament tennis, and a lot of people around the sport thought that hurt her. Ironically, it ended up helping her play as long as she has, because there’s still mental freshness to her that has allowed her to maybe even improve in her 30s, which is extremely hard to do in tennis.
She’s been able to find that comfort level, where she’s been able to excel and bring out the best in her tennis. There’s a lot that she’s been able to show younger players and there’s a lot to be learned from what she has done.
Who would have thought we would see these two immense champions face each other in a Grand Slam final again?
Rafael Nadal’s road to the final
I never dreamed to be back in the final of the Australian Open. It’s a very special thing for both of us to be playing again in a major final. Neither of us probably thought we would be here again.
|R1||Florian Mayer||6-3 6-4 6-4|
|R2||Marcos Baghdatis||6-3 6-1 6-3|
|R3||Alexander Zverev (24)||4-6 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-2|
|R4||Gaël Monfils (6)||6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4|
|QF||Milos Raonic (3)||6-4 7-6 6-4|
|SF||Grigor Dimitrov (15)||6-3 5-7 7-6 6-7 6-4|
Roger Federer’s road to the final
I’ll leave it all out here in Australia and if I can’t walk for another five months, that’s OK.
|R1||Jürgen Melzer||7-5 3-6 6-2 6-2|
|R2||Noah Rubin||7-5 6-3 7-6|
|R3||Tomas Berdych (10)||6-2 6-4 6-4|
|R4||Kei Nishikori (5)||7-6 4-6 1-6|
|QF||Mischa Zverev||6-1 7-5 6-2|
|SF||Stan Wawrinka (4)||7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3|
Serena and Venus will meet on Saturday in ninth all-Williams Grand Slam final. Serena will hit the court wearing the NikeCourt Dry dress:
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