Roger Federer sobs with joy as Swiss legend beats Marin Cilic in five sets to win Australian Open and become first man to win 20 Grand Slam career titles.
Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to claim the 20th Grand Slam of his illustrious career.
The Swiss began magnificently and set the tone as he took the first set off the jaded Croat in just 24 minutes.
Cilic responded impressively, going toe-to-toe with the world No 2 seed as he took the second set on tiebreak.
But Federer had five previous Australian Open titles to draw on and he showed his class in sets three and five.
It was Swiss star’s 30th Grand Slam final – and he held his nerve to beat the Croatian and claim another title.
There will not be, surely, many more times when everything falls into place as perfectly as this for the extraordinary Roger Federer.
The tears of joy he shed at the end of a 20th Grand Slam victory at the age of 36 always looked a likely outcome of this Australian Open final — from the moment it was deemed too hot and humid to play it as an outdoor match.
Marin Cilic was a more formidable opponent than in last year’s Wimbledon final and even forced a choke from the great Swiss in the fourth set, but ultimately Federer was good value for his 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory.
Roger Federer became the first man to win 20 Grand Slam titles as he beat Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in Melbourne.
– Dailymail Sports News.