Melbourne: Roger Federer has won his 18th grand slam title by defeating his traditional rival Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final on Sunday.
Coming back from a knee injury last season Federer defeated Nadal in a five set game with 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, the match went on for three and a half hours.
Both of them were the oldest players in the tournament and both have made a great back after receiving injuries. After the match they thanked each other.
Roger Federer has now become the second oldest player to win a grand slam title in Open era, the oldest player to do so was Ken Rosewall, this is his first big win since winning the Wimbledon in 2012.
During the tournament Federer took medical break twice, first before the beginning of the fifth set in the semifinal against Stan Wawrinka and then at the same time in the finals. He seemed to have an upper leg problem.
After the match Roger Federer said: “I don’t think either one of us believed we were going to be in the finals at the Australian Open… four five months ago, and here we stand in the finals.”
He said to Nadal: “I’m happy for you. I would have been happy to lose to be honest.”
To which Nadal replied: “Probably Roger deserved it a little bit more than me. I feel that I am back at the very high level, so I’m going to keep fighting the whole season.”
Roger Federer also said: “I’ve been coming here for almost 20 years now. I’ve always enjoyed it and now my family does too.
“Thanks again for everything, to everybody. I hope to see you next year. If not, this was a wonderful run here and I can’t be more happy to win.”