Federer defeated Croatian Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in a thriller.

Roger Federer wins 20th Grand Slam title at Australian Open
news Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 17:41

Roger Federer of Switzerland beat Croatian Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final in Melbourne on Sunday, clinching his 20th Grand Slam title.

Defending champion Federer, 36, won the match 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The final took place indoors in the Rod Laver Arena because of the hot conditions outside.

His now six Australian Open titles put him on a par with Serbian Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson of Australia.

Cilic, 29, has now lost nine of ten matches against Federer, his only win coming in the semifinals of the US Open in 2014, where he claimed his first major title.

Cilic turned in a stunning performance himself to take the game to a decider after being 3-1 down in the fourth set. But Federer was not to be denied a 20th Grand Slam title after he charged to a 5-1 lead in the fifth set before holding serve to win the match.

An emotional Federer teared up during the presentation ceremony while thanking the Australian crowd for their support. The 36-year-old became only the fourth player after Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or more major singles titles. 

(This article was first published on DW. You can read the original article here.)

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