Seriously, you guys. All of the drama has been going down at the Australian Open this year. It’s been a welcome respite from all of the “carnage” (to use Michael Shannon’s word) of the first week of Emperor Baby Fist’s administration. Novak Djokovic crashed out in Round 2. Andy Murray (the world #1) lost to Mischa Zverev (who seems like the nicest guy in the world) in the fourth round. On the women’s side, most of the top seeds were gone by the fourth round too – by the quarterfinals, Serena Williams (currently #2) was the highest rank player still in the tournament on the women’s and men’s sides. We’re currently inching towards a historic men’s final between Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, which would be a dream come true. Just a short time ago, Federer won his semifinal against Stan Wawrinka in five tense sets:
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And now all that needs to happen is Nadal winning his semifinal against Grigor Dimitrov tonight, which… I think it could happen. Why not? Why not get the first Nadal-Federer final in a Slam since 2011, and the first Nadal-Federer Australian Open final since 2009 (which Federer lost). We want this too much, I know. If we talk about it too much, we might jinx it. So I’ll just say… good luck to Rafa.
Meanwhile, the other feel-good story is that we’re getting a Williams-sisters final!!!!! You don’t know how excited I am for this. This is Venus Williams’ – who is 36 years old – first Slam final since 2009. She won her semi first:
And then Serena won her semifinal just a few hours later, securing the Venus v. Serena final, the first Slam final for the Williams sisters since Wimbledon in 2009.
This Australian Open is magical, I’m telling you. It’s like we’ve gone through the looking glass and all of the legendary fan-favorites are dominating.
Photos courtesy of Getty.