Roger Federer couldn’t dam his feelings on Sunday as he burst into tears giving a speech on the trophy presentation of his Australian Open sixth title in Melbourne.
The Swiss legend has not solely develop into the oldest man to win a Grand Slam trophy, but additionally the primary male participant to scoop a complete of 20 main titles. He additionally gained the Australian Open title for the sixth time and back-to-back.
“I’m so happy it’s unbelievable. This is a dream come true, the fairytale continues for me,” Federer mentioned on the presentation.
“After the great year last year, it’s incredible,” the 36-year-old added as he broke down in tears.
Federer had powered dwelling to beat Marin Cilic in 5 thrilling units to win his sixth Australian Open on Sunday.
The Swiss defending champion dropped his solely units of the match earlier than finishing a 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-Three, Three-6, 6-1 win over the sixth seeded Croatian in 3hr 3min.
Federer, taking part in in his 30th Grand Slam remaining, joined Novak Djokovic and Australian nice Roy Emerson as joint prime for essentially the most Australian Open males’s titles.
Federer added to his already imposing win-loss report in Melbourne and is now 94-13. His total his Grand Slam mark stands at 332-52.
“It was an amazing journey to come to the final. It could have been the best two weeks of my life, but Roger played a great fifth set,” Cilic mentioned.
“I want to thank my team, you’re unbelievable. We worked hard for this year, hopefully we will lift these trophies in the future.”
The roof was closed over Rod Laver Arena because the match’s warmth coverage was carried out amid night temperatures of 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit).
Cilic’s serve got here underneath fast stress with a whipping backhand return winner for break level which the Croatian adopted with a smash into the web for a break within the opening sport.
The Croat was discovering it troublesome to settle and adjusted racquets in his second service sport, however it had no apparent profit as he dropped serve once more after three break factors to path Zero-Three.
He lastly held serve to get on the board however the Swiss star was too good, serving out the set in simply 24 minutes after a shaky Cilic opening.
Federer fought off two break factors in his opening service within the second set with pinpoint serves, whereas Cilic had a tussle earlier than holding within the third sport.
Cilic labored his manner again into the match as each gamers traded livid forehands to remain on serve.
Cilic was break level down within the ninth, however crucially acquired out of it with a second serve ace down the center adopted by a forehand winner.
The Croat had a giant second within the 10th sport when two Federer double faults gave him set level, however a tentative backhand into the web and a wild backhand value him his probability.
In the tiebreaker, Cilic acquired to 2 set factors when his forehand clipped the road earlier than a successful smash levelled the match as Federer dropped his first set of the match.
But Cilic misplaced serve on the again of a few floor stroke errors and Federer raced Four-2 up within the third set.
The defending champion shifted gears with a surprising forehand off his toes and confidently held serve to guide 5-2 earlier than clinically serving out the set in 29 minutes.
Cilic was then damaged within the opening sport of the fourth set with a poor backhand dropshot into the web as Federer closed in for the kill.
But the Croat broke again within the sixth sport with three break factors when Federer netted and fought off a break level within the subsequent sport to place his nostril in entrance.
Cilic was now extra within the circulate and broke Federer once more together with his large forehands beginning to discover their mark. He served it out to take the absorbing remaining right into a fifth.
But Federer stayed calm and produced high quality backhands to carry on to his serve amid mounting pressure.
The world No.2 crucially broke to 2-Zero and acquired an important double break when Cilic netted a forehand, leaving him to serve out for the championship.
*With experiences by AFP