Roger Federer Beats Nadal To Win 18th Grand Slam Title
Roger Federer produced a masterclass performance under the lights of Rod Laver Arena to fall his great rival, Rafael Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 in a classic Australian Open final to capture his 18th major title.
The Swiss maestro clawed his way back from 3-1 down in the pulsating final set before closing it out on the second championship point with a forehand winner, his 73rd on the night, to seal his fifth crown at Melbourne.
In a vintage Australian Open that saw all four finalists in both men and women events at least 30 years old, Federer held firm to end a decade of Grand Slam heartbreak against old foe Nadal in their ninth major finals clash.
Seeded 17th at the start of the tournament after a six-month layoff through injury, Federer capped his brilliant comeback from injury with his first grand slam title since edging Andy Murray to win Wimbledon in 2012.
With the victory, Federer becomes the first player ever to win five titles at three different grand slams.
The 35-year-old Swiss also becomes the oldest grand slam winner since Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open at 37.
As expected, the world of tennis is waxing lyrical following his latest feat, past and present stars showering encomiums on the silky Swiss.
What a great and amazing match to wake up for. Thank you Roger, thank you Rafa. @AustralianOpen
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) January 29, 2017
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