Roger Federer has won his 18th major title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to capture the Australian Open. Federer was down a break early in the pivotal fifth set, but came back to break the Spaniard in the sixth game to level the set at 3-all.
The crowd cheering wildly with every winner he hit, Federer then broke Nadal again in the eighth game to go up 5-3. Nadal had chances in the next game, but couldn’t convert on two breakpoint chances and Federer closed it out on his second match point.
Federer jumped up and down and screamed in celebration after clinching the match, then held back tears as he sat in his change-over chair.
Federer captured his first major title since Wimbledon in 2012 and his fifth Australian Open trophy. Nadal had been bidding for his second title in Melbourne and his 15th overall at Grand Slams.
There was much mutual respect following the Australian Open final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with both players commending each other for better-than-expected comebacks from their respective injuries.
Nadal missed chunks of last season with an injured wrist and Federer was sidelined during the second half of the year with an injured knee.
“Just amazing, the way he’s playing after such a long time without him being on the tour,” Nadal said of Federer. “It’s just very difficult to make that happen.”
Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Many players and analysts have called him the greatest tennis player of all time. Roger Federer turned professional in 1998. He has reached a record 28 men’s singles Grand Slam finals, including 10 in a row from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships to the 2007 US Open.
Source : Associated Press