Roger Federer, the Swiss Tennis legend has yet set a record for himself as he wins his 6th Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday 28th January, 2018.
The 36-year-old Federer, powered home with excellent skill to beat Marin Cilic, 29, in the riveting final, despite dropping the fourth set.
Cilic, the world No. 6 Croatian regained confidence into the game after winning five straight games in a row to force a fifth set, but Federer clung on to his serve at the start of the decider and got the key break in the following game.
In the 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 win, Federer has this to say;
“It’s a dream come through and the fairytale continues.”
“I’m so happy, it’s unbelievable.” “After the year I had last year, it’s incredible.” Federer who could not contain his emotion added.
Federer whose performance was superlative, full of energy, skill and youthfulness, was perhaps better described by BBC reporter, Russell Fuller when he said,
“Federer has previously won 19 of these, but he has a look of a man who’s never done it before. He may be 36, but he shows no sign of aging. He’s proved yet again he’s too good for the rest of the world.”
With this win, Federer has joined the likes of Margareth Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf as the only four to have won 20 or more major titles.
The match was played under closed roof in Rod Laver Arena due to heat and other factors such as humidity, wind speed and angle of sun, known as the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT)