Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Australian Open
Melbourne: In one of the most keenly contested Grand Slam matches, 17th seed Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in five sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, to win the Australian Open men's final here.
With this title win, Federer took his Grand Slam tally to 18. This is the fifth Australian Open title for the Switzerland great. He had last won an Australian Open back in 2010.
Making a comeback after an injury, Roger Federer broke into tears after defeating his arch-rival, ninth seed Nadal, in a match that lasted for 3 hours and 38 minutes.
Federer overcame mental as well as physical challenges, as he not only had been away from the sport for six months following a knee injury but was also contesting against a player who is five years younger to him.
The Swiss Tennis legend, however, got full support of the Melbourne crowd as they cheered for him every time he succeeded in scoring crucial points.
After winning the match, Federer said, "I'm out of words and Rafa said so many great things. I'd like to congratulate Rafa on an amazing comeback. I don't think either of us thought we'd be in the finals when we were at your academy four or five years ago. I'd just like to thank my team. It's been a different last six months. I didn't think I was going to make it here."
Congratulating Roger Federer and his team for this emphatic win, Rafa said, "It is amazing how he is playing after all this time away from the tour. Congrats, I am very happy for you."
Earlier on Saturday, Serena Williams defeated her elder sister Venus Williams to win the Australian Open women’s singles title here. It was her 23rd Grand Slam title in the professional era.
It may be mentioned here that Federer was under immense pressure coming into the final of the Australian Open, as he had suffered defeats in three major Grand Slam finals by the Serbian Tennis star Novak Djokovic before this remarkable victory.