Roger Federer extended his record number of Grand Slam titles to 18 when he won the Australian Open against all odds in Melbourne today.
Federer won his first Grand Slam tournament in five years after collecting his seventh Wimbledon crown in 2012.
The 35-year-old Swiss, who played in his first Grand Slam tournament following a six-month break from the sport following a knee injury, beat Spain’s Rafael Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 in a five-set thriller that had numerous swings of momentum.
Federer, who started the tournament ranked 17th, will be the new world number 10 when the new rankings are published this week.
“I’m out of words. I’d like to congratulate Rafa on an amazing comeback.
“I’d also just like to thank my team. It’s been a different last six months and I didn’t think I was going to make it here.”
It was his fifth Australian Open victory and his first since 2010. He is now the only player to have won three Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open) at least five times.
Serena Williams of the United States won yesterday’s women’s final to bag her 23rd Grand Slam singles title.
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