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#AusOpen: Roger Federer Clinches 18th Grand Slam title, his first in 5 years

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MELBOURNE, VIC – JANUARY 29: Roger Federer of Switzerland pose for photos after winning the Mens Singles Final of the 2017 Australian Open on January 29, 2017, at Melbourne Park Tennis Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title and his first in five years with a thrilling five-set victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final on Sunday.

The 35-year-old Swiss won 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 to claim his fifth Melbourne title and extend his lead at the top of the all-time men’s major winners’ list.

30-year-old Nadal remains tied in second with Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slams following his first final since 2014.

Federer’s previous major title came at Wimbledon in 2012.

His achievement in ending that drought is all the more remarkable given this was his first tournament since Wimbledon last July.

He had taken the second half of the season off to recover from a knee injury.

Federer becomes the first man in history to win five or more titles at three different Grand Slam events — five Australian Opens, five US Opens, seven Wimbledons.

Nadal was also on the way back from injuries which curtailed his 2016 season, but the Spaniard could not improve his winning record against Federer.

The Swiss has now won 12 of their 35 matches and three of nine major finals.

Photo Credit: Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire/ Getty Images

6 Comments

  1. Anon

    January 30, 2017 at 1:03 am

    That was ridiculous tennis. The 5th set, 26 shot rally was the longest of the match. Both champions, both legends and 30s is the new 20s. The debate is over, The Fed is the ? (G.O.A.T!) Well done to FEDAL.

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 30, 2017 at 1:38 am

      Yassss!!
      There was never a debate though! At least not since 2009.
      He has always been the best all rounder and that horrible win-loss record vs Nadal is so unfair considering 13(?) of those losses were on clay.
      I wish he was still in his prime so he could wipe the floor with that overrated Murray kid. God I hate Murray so much.

    • Anon

      January 30, 2017 at 2:36 am

      I like Sir Muzza (A.M.)

  2. A Real Nigerian

    January 30, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Yasssss!! Finallyy!
    What a beautiful, elegant, sexually attractive man!
    He sure showed that Madridista cuck that he’s better than him!!
    Everyone thought he was going to lose in that finally set being 2 games down. But the GOAT kept calm and fired his way to a legendary victory.
    Only a few people can master their art with such poise, simplicity and skill and certainly no one delivers that wonderful one-handed backhand as sweetly as he does.
    Federer the GOAT.
    Role Model. Hero. Legend. Greatest Ever.

  3. Missy J

    January 30, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Meanwhile, somewhere in Nigeria, a being can’t tell which is Federer, Rafael or Djokovic.
    One has long hair abi??
    They all confuse.
    Not proud of it though.
    Bravo Federer!!

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 30, 2017 at 2:04 am

      You just arranged them in order of decreasing hotness ?

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