- Federer won 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
- He defeated Marin Cilic in Melbourne
- Became the first player to win 20 grand slams
The greatest tennis player of all time Roger Federer made history at the Australian Open in Melbourne as he won the final against Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to lift his 20th Grand Slam. He fought hard to defeat World No.3 Cilic in a marathon final that stretched over five sets. He became the first player in history to win the twenty grand slam titles and proved once again why he is the greatest tennis player to have graced the game.
After ripping the meniscus in his knee prior to the start of the tournament, Federer who had not had serious injuries required surgery and knew that it would be a battle for him to even play in the tournament let alone win it. The player’s immense passion for the game was what took him to the title. Coming back after an injury layoff of six months, Federer came back stronger than ever. The final win meant that he has now won three titles in 12 months after not winning any title for 4 years. This is a testament to the legend’s ability who is now at the peak of his career despite being in his mid-30s and written off by all critics. With 20 titles Federer has won 10 per cent of the available Open titles on offer since 1968. Federer’s career record against Cilic was 8-1 and the result was a foregone conclusion even before the match started. Cilic however made Federer sweat it out in the final as he match him for shot after shot but eventually succumbed to Federer’s class.
Federer who broke into tears after the win said: “I’m so happy. “Winning is an absolute dream come true. The fairytale continues for us, for me. After the great year I had last year, it’s incredible. I’d like to thank Marin, another great tournament. World No3, that’s a hell of an achievement.”