For me my 'Dream Final' had to happen once. When you've supported 2 players from being nobody's, ranked outside the top 150 and then see them going on to face each other on the biggest stage of all a Grand Slam Final that's a pretty special feeling. Seeing them walk out together, stand at the net together, take on each other, compliment each other in their speeches and be together at the presentation is pretty surreal when you have seen 2 players grow up, develop and make the most of what they've got and conquer everybody else in the draw.
That being said there is the other side to it when its all over and done with. Today for me I've had very contrasting emotions. It doesn't feel as special or how it should given Victoria's just won her first Slam. Knowing she's proven me right, proved so many people wrong(some here, especially you Bab) she's worked so hard for this, overcome the tough times with the injuries and near retirement from the game and become a Grand Slam Champion and the World number 1 it just doesn't feel quite as it should right now.
That's because the pain, devastation and hurt I at the same time feel for Maria right now. Knowing how hard she has worked to come back I am so desperate to see her win another Slam title and to suffer a defeat like that in a Final like this is just heart breaking it really is
After that sort of defeat I'm just so relieved that Maria already has her place in Australian Open history with her 2008 win
Today I knew 1 of my girls was going to be the Australian Open Champion and World Number 1 so it had already sunk in so there was that incredible joy and disbelief so it may be a good thing if this didn't happen on a regular basis. This may just be slightly different for me though Bab as I've supported Maria from when she was 15 and Vika since she was 17 and I always dreamt from early on they'd be Grand Slam Champions and if I'm honest I've put some parts of my life on hold while their career's go on(simply will never set foot out of the house when they play, relationships put on hold, thousands spent seeing them play, hundreds of hours of sleep missed I could go on) so I always wanted and hoped to see them both as Champions and both as number 1's. That dream was completely realised today and its pretty awesome you know to have randomly picked 2 players and seen them grow into Champions. I haven't just picked a player doing well and already near the top of the game, I've picked 2 girls who I thought could do something and that and so much more they've done. So I may be hurting for Maria for a long time to come over this defeat as she'll always be my number 1 as everybody knows but in the bigger picture this is massive for Victoria's Grand Slam journey and for realising my dream of Maria and Victoria being Grand Slam Champions and World Number 1's
Whereas for the Men although I always favour and like Rafa much more than the others my Dream Final there is simply just the 2 best players at the time so I can enjoy a great match.