Melbourne: After the New Year eve celebration, Roger’s fans get another chance to celebrate as their favourite star win the Australian open title for the 6th time at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.
With this win, the oldest Swiss player becomes the only tennis player to win a record 20th Grand Slam. Federer was the 3rd oldest man to contest the Melbourne Park final and has extended his record for most Grand Slam final appearances to 30.
With an outstanding performance, the unstoppable Federer beats his opponent Marine Cilic from Croatia (6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1) to win his 3rd major title at 36. The defending champion dropped his only sets of the tournament to beat the Croatian sixth seed in 3 hours and 3 minutes.
Roger Federer won the first set 6-2 against Cilic. The Swiss broke Cilic’s opening serve and again for a 3-0 lead. The set lasted for 24 minutes. However, Cilic won the second set 7-6 (7/5) to level the match. While Cilic remained confident, Federer won the third set 6-3 to take two sets to one lead.
A determined Cilic won the 4th set 6-3 to draw level at 2-2 and take the final into a 5th and deciding set. Federer broke in the opening game and Cilic looked headed for defeat but he broke back in the sixth and again in the 8th games to keep the match alive. The set lasted 37 minutes.
Meanwhile, the great Ken Rosewall from Australia is the only other man who won a Slam title in the post-1968 Open Era at 37 year old in the 1972 Australian Open. Federer, who is on a 11-match unbeaten streak (including Australian Open), had previously won the Australian Open in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2017. However, Federer remains World No.2 behind Rafael Nadal while Cilic will be placed at a career-high No.3.
With Sunday’s win, Federer joined Novak Djokovic and Australian Roy Emerson for the most number of Australian titles. On the other hand, apart from his loss, Cilic becomes the first ever Croatian to play in an Australian Open Final.