The Winner of the 2008 Australian Open Is Not Named Federer

The winner of the Men’s Singles event at this year’s first Grand Slam tournament is the up-and-coming tennis player Novak Đoković, who has shown himself to be quite a capable competitor over the past year. The Serbian champion defeated Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final on Sunday 4–6 6–4 6–3 7–6(2), becoming the first person representing the Republic of Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title (although I feel confident that Ana Ivanović and Jelena Janković won’t be too far behind him).

But despite Đoković’s victory, the sports media seems to be focusing most of its attention on Roger Federer, who lost to Đoković in the semifinals in straight sets. While it is an unusual occurrence to see the Swiss star be defeated so decisively, it shouldn’t be such a surprise for even a player as skilled as Roger Federer to lose once in a while. Federer, who had played in the previous ten Grand Slam finals and won eight of them, was probably overdue for a slip-up. Part of the problem is that Federer has been propped up so much by sports writers as a man with near superhuman abilities that any failure on his part appears to be catastrophic by comparison.

Novak Đoković played well throughout the Australian Open, and he deserved this victory. And he should receive the media attention for his accomplishment instead of Federer’s lack of success.

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