The 35-year-old Roger Federer won 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 to claim his fifth and much awaited Melbourne title and extend his lead at the top of the all-time men’s tennis major winners’ list.
Nadal, 30, remains tied in the second with none other than Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slams following his first final since the match in 2014.
Federer’s previous major title came at Wimbledon in 2012.
To put it in his words,
“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 tonight.”
Federer’s achievement in ending his not winning streak is all the more remarkable; since this was his first tournament since Wimbledon last July. Last time he took the full of second half of the season off to recover from a knee injury.
Federer became the first man in history to win more than five titles at three different Grand Slam events – five Australian Opens, five US Opens and seven Wimbledons.
Have a look at this for sure:
Since Nadal was also just back from his injuries, we cannot say much. He of course gave his best and it was a match to see all right. Here I am sitting in my hostel, and I was live streaming it screaming at the top of my lungs. PS: I supported Federer all the way.
“I worked very hard to get where I am today,” said Nadal. “I fight a lot, probably Roger deserved it a little bit more than me today.
I’m just going to keep trying. I feel I am back at a very high level.”
The winner of tonight leapt in the air in celebration and, after consoling his close friend Nadal (They are the best of friends if you did not know), went down with his emotions as his wife Mirka and his team celebrated in the stands.
“Tennis is a tough sport,” said Federer. “There are no draws. If there were I would have been happy to accept one tonight and share it with Rafa.
Everybody says they work very hard – I do the same – but I try not to shout about it. I’d like to thank my team. It’s been a different last six months. I didn’t think I’d make it but here I am.”
We congratulate Federer and wish all the best for all his future matches as well! May his winning streak and his sportsmanship spirit never go down. Nadal also put one hell of a fight, and we all know that even he; is a legendary player in the game of tennis.
Here are the match highlights in case you missed them:
After such a long post, this picture below is still tonight’s favourite though.