Event: 97th Australian Open
Date: Jan 19 – Feb 1 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Venue: Melbourne Park
Men's Champion: Rafael Nadal
Wome's Champion: Serena Williams
The 2009 Australian Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 97th edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, from 19 January through 1 February 2009.
The 2009 men's tournament is considered to be one of the best Grand Slam tournaments in open era history. It is remembered for containing many of the best matches of the 2009 year, including the Nadal v Verdasco semi final and the Nadal v Federer final. It is noteworthy for being the first hard court Grand Slam in which Nadal made the final or won.
Second seeded Serena Williams regained the women's singles title and recorded her fourth Australian Open title and tenth Grand Slam title overall after defeating third seed Dinara Safina (6–0, 6–3). Serena, partnering her sister Venus, also won the women's doubles tournament.
Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer (7–5, 3–6, 7–6 (3), 3–6, 6–2) to win the men's singles title. This is Nadal's first hard court grand slam, having previously only won on clay at Roland Garros (four times) and grass at Wimbledon (once).
He also became the first Spaniard to ever win the Australian Open. This tournament featured 23 five-set men's singles matches, the most since 1988. In men's doubles, another sibling pair took the title as Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles.
Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(3), 3–6, 6–2
Serena Williams def. Dinara Safina, 6–0, 6–3
Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan def. Mahesh Bhupathi / Mark Knowles, 2–6, 7–5, 6–0
Serena Williams / Venus Williams def. Daniela Hantuchová / Ai Sugiyama, 6–3, 6–3
Sania Mirza / Mahesh Bhupathi def. Nathalie Dechy / Andy Ram, 6–3, 6–1
Yuki Bhambri def. Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas, 6–3, 6–1
Ksenia Pervak def. Laura Robson 6–3, 6–1
Casey Alcantara / Hsieh Cheng-Peng def. Mikhail Biryukov / Yasutaka Uchiyama, 6–4, 6–2
Christina McHale / Alja Tomljanović def. Aleksandra Krunić / Sandra Zaniewska, 6–1, 2–6, 10–4
Shingo Kunieda def. Stephane Houdet, 6–2, 6–4
Esther Vergeer def. Korie Homan, 6–4, 6–2
Robin Ammerlaan / Shingo Kunieda def. Stefan Olsson / Maikel Scheffers, 7–5, 6–1
Korie Homan / Esther Vergeer def. Agnieszka Bartczak / Katharina Kruger, 6–1, 6–0