Roger Federer has gained his sixth Australian Open Grand Slam title and his 20th total, defeating sixth seed Marin Cilic in 5 thrilling units.
He gained eight titles in Wimbledon, 5 on the U.S. Open and one on the French Open.
The Swiss maestro simply took the primary set 6-2 in Melbourne, however misplaced the second in tie break to the Croatian. Federer took the third set 6-Three, solely to fluff his Three-2 lead within the fourth set and watch helplessly, amid erratic show and unforced errors, as Cilic took the following 4 video games 6-Three.
The defending champion nevertheless restored management within the fifth and deciding set, racing to a Four-1 lead. Then he broke Cilic once more to have a pivotal 5-1 result in serve for the championship.
Federer didn’t make any mistake this time round as he served out the match, profitable 6-1, turning into the oldest man, at 36, to win the championship within the Open period.
The match was Federer’s 30th Grand Slam closing.
The victory gave him a sixth Melbourne crown to place him alongside Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson within the all-time Australian Open chief record.
He additionally turned the primary man to win 20 Grand Slam titles. Only three ladies — Steffi Graf (22), Serena Williams (23), and Margaret Court (24) — have gained extra.
By making a seventh closing, he has already taken sole possession of most Melbourne closing appearances in historical past.
Croat Cilic, the sixth seed, overcame Federer on the best way to profitable the 2014 US Open closing, however that was his solely victory in ten encounters.
The ice-cool 36-year-old — the oldest man within the closing since Ken Rosewall in 1972 — is pleased with the place he’s at.
“I mean, I’ve won all my matches without dropping a set. Things must be all right if I haven’t dropped a set and in the final,” he stated forward of the night match on Rod Laver Arena.
“I’m pleased that my game has been good from the very beginning of the tournament so far.”
In Cilic, he has a seasoned opponent who has tasted Grand Slam success earlier than, on the 2014 US Open, beating Kei Nishikori within the closing.
He additionally made the Wimbledon closing final 12 months, shedding to Federer as he struggled with painful blisters.
In Melbourne, the 29-year-old has had a trailblazing match to grow to be the primary Croatian man or lady to look in an Australian Open decider.
“I’m feeling really good physically, even though I had a few matches that went more than three hours,” Cilic stated.
“I’ve played a great tournament so far, I’m playing much more aggressive, hitting most of the shots really good.”
But he admitted forward of the match that beating Federer was a really excessive hurdle.
“When it gets to the semi-finals, finals, he gets better and better and is playing great tennis. So with him it’s always a big challenge,” he admitted.