Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open final to win his 18th Grand Slam title. This is the first major title for the Swiss maestro in five years. Federer secured a thrilling five set victory over the Spaniard.
The 35-year-old Federer won 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 against Nadal to claim the fifth Australian Open title of his career. This magnificent feat helps the man from Bottmingen, Switzerland to extend his lead at the top of the all-time men’s major winners’ list, according to BBC.
The 30-year-old Nadal is currently tied second with Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slam titles. The 2017 Australian Open final was his first since 2014.
Federer last won a major title in 2012 at Wimbledon. The 2017 Australian Open was his first tournament since Wimbledon, last July. The Swiss took the second half of last year off to recover from a knee injury.
“I would also like to congratulate Rafa on an amazing comeback.Keep playing Rafa, please. Tennis needs you.I hope I didn’t forget anything but thanks again and I hope to see you next year, but if not, it was a wonderful run and I can’t be more happy to have won here. Thank you very much guys.” Federer said after lifting the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, as reported by Sky Sports.
Federer is the first man in the history of tennis to win five or more titles at three different Grand Slams. His achievements include five Australian Opens, five US Opens and seven Wimbledons.
The man on the receiving end of the defeat, Nadal expressed his desire to come back stronger. The 30-year-old man from Manacor, Spain believes that he is slowly returning to the best of his abilities.
“I think it was a great match and Roger deserved to win it a little bit more than me. I’m just going to keep trying – I feel like my level is back.” Nadal said.
The recent defeat against Federer means that Nadal failed to improve his winning record against Federer. The Swiss tennis maestro has now won 12 of the 32 matches between the two and three of nine major finals.
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