Roger Federer has emerged triumphed after beating Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 at the final of Australian Open on Sunday. This is Federer’s first Grand Slam title in four and a half years and marks his comeback after recuperating from a knee surgery. With this win, Federer now has 18 Grand Slam titles to his credit. This also makes him the only player to win five titles at three different Grand Slams.
Nadal showcased some of his best returns from the baseline, but came undone in the final set, where Federer seemed to dominate. There were some awkward moments as well when Nadal tried to delay the match on the second championship point by challenging the line call. His challenge was however overruled by the umpire. The match lasted 3 hours 38 minutes and at the end of it, Federer could be seen jubilant and with tears in his eyes.
After winning the Australian Open, Federer said, “There are no draws in tennis but I would have been happy to share one with Rafa tonight”. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. I hope to see you next year and if not it’s been a wonderful run here.”
Nadal also shared his experience, “Congrats to Roger, just amazing the way he’s playing after so long away from the tour.”