Melbourne, Jan 28: Roger Federer clinched a 20th grand slam title and record-equalling sixth Australian Open with a thrilling five-set win over Marin Cilic in Melbourne on Sunday.
FEDERER WINS! Roger #Federer defeats Marin #Cilic in five sets to successfully defend his Australian Open title and seal a landmark 20th Grand Slam of his career: Join our live blog for reaction: https://t.co/2kmxmV0CXH #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/3KEGMaFar0
— Sky Sports Tennis (@SkySportsTennis) January 28, 2018
Swiss star defeated Croatia’s Marin Cilic 2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6 to win the men’s singles title.
ederer looked in control in the first set but Cilic fought back to win the second which lasted for an hour.
Federer restored his lead in the third set before Cilic made it 2-2 with a superb win in the fourth.
At 36, but showing no signs of tiredness, Federer underlined his world class abilities to triumph in the final set and put daylight between him and the Croat.
The win saw Federer join an elite list where only three players in the history of the sport have won 20 or more Grand Slam titles – Steffi Graf (22), Serena Williams (23) and Margaret Court (24).
The victory also put Federer alongside Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson with six Australian Open titles apiece.
In 2017, he beat arch-rival Rafael Nadal in five sets.