Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal to win a fifth Australian Open crown and record 18th major
Just stayed up through the night to watch the Australian Open men’s final between two giants in the game. So glad I did because my all-time favorite player, Roger Federer, became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam singles title in 45 years. He managed it by defeating Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, to win the Australian Open for the fifth time. This extends his record number of slam titles to 18. Nadal, who has won 14 majors, remains tied for second place with Pete Sampras. The 2009 champion has now lost three Australian Open finals.
Federer had not played a tournament in six months and not won a slam since his seventh Wimbledon victory in 2012. His rabid fans, and there are legions of us, always kept the faith when it comes to our Roger.
“You don’t know if they ever come back, these moments,” Federer told the crowd after the match, “I hope to see you next year. If not, this was a wonderful run here, and I can’t be more happy to have won here tonight.”
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2017