Wednesday 26 April 2017

Federer claims 18th Grand Slam title after outlasting Nadal in thrilling five-set Australian Open final

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates his victory against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final on day 14 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29, 2017. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates his victory against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final on day 14 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29, 2017. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST
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Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam title since 2012 - and his 18th overall - after battling back in the fifth set of a marathon final with Rafa Nadal to claim the Australian Open for the fifth time.

Nadal looked to be on his way to a first Grand Slam title since 2014 after breaking early in the final set, but Federer kept his composure as he roared back with two breaks of his own to edge Nadal 6-4 and take the match.

It was a back and forth clash up there with all their previous classic Grand Slam encounters, with momentum swinging between the two players. Federer claimed the first set 6-4 after forcing the only break of serve, but Nadal hit back to win the second 6-3.

The Swiss player dominated the third, winning 6-1, before Nadal looked to be getting on top as he forced a final set after winning the fourth 6-3.

The Spaniard looked set for his second Australian Open title when he broke in the first game of the final set, but Federer produced his best tennis in years to break his great rival twice to win his 18th Grand Slam title.

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