Fans of tennis rejoiced this year when Australian Open gave the two greatest gifts to the world through two legendary players; Serena Williams and Roger Federer. The singles championship was rejuvenated with the incredible achievements of both Williams and Federer. But if we are to choose the best between the two, who would that be, raises an intriguing question.
Serena Williams surpassed Steffi Graf with her 23rd slam, a record most have imagined impossible to break through. Whereas Federer has defeated Rafael Nadal, a sure winner, till he was not this time.
Williams sits just one grand slam title behind Australian Margaret Court, who won 24. However, Williams' 23 tally is already more impressive when you take into account 11 of Court's titles came at the Australian Open - an event many of the big names around the world chose not to play in until the early 1980s. It took just seven years in the pros for Williams to claim the spot as the best in the world, reaching her first No 1 ranking in July 2002.
Federer, on the other hand, has been part of the "Big Four" players, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who have dominated the men's game since 2003. Federer has also been involved in notable rivalries with other grand slam winners such as Andre Agassi, Marat Safin and Stan Wawrinka. But it is yet to be seen if this win is a one-time bloom or continues further on as Federer has also been notorious for his drops.
In terms of creating vacuums, no one stepped up to fill the void when Williams took a break back in 2004-06 and again in 2010-11.
Federer has seven Wimbledons, five U.S and Australian Opens and a single French Open on clay while Williams has had all four major slams at ones in the same calendar year, along with all three French Open, despite it being her least favourite.
Instinctually also, Serena Williams has the edge as Federer has cooled off after his initial 10 wins out of 11 while Williams won 23 out of her 29 tries.
As it turns out, Federer can call himself the greatest of all time as long as men’s singles are concerned, but in overalls, Serena dominated this match up the same way she has dominated her rivals in court.