Roger Federer is better than ever now, as the Swiss player has won his sixth Australian Open title, joining Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic as the only three men that have achieved this milestone. With the winning, Federer also won his 20th Grand Slam title, demonstrating that he’s in the best shape of his career and nobody is competition for him.
No. 2 Federer defeated No. 6 Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in a hard-fought match that needed five sets to define the winner and champion of the tournament.
He came back to his former shape -and reached the better one according to many people- last year in the exact same tournament, when nobody expected him to win it or at least have a decent run, but he did and in fact won the tournament after defeating long-time rival Rafa Nadal in an absolute thriller. Well, it looks like he enjoys the drama when it’s about winning a major tournament.
Roger started the game displaying a great intensity and Cilic looked surprised. He broke Cilic’s services a couple of times, only conceded two points on his serve in the first set, finishing it in only 24 minutes. After that, Cilic overcame the situation and proved why he got into the final, delivering a great tennis. Federer came back and led the third set, ending it in 29 minutes, but right when everybody believed that was it, Cilic tied the game and took us to the fifth and definitive set.
It was the same for Roger there, who won the set 6-1, retaining his title and stating that he’s here to stay and he’s not going anywhere.
“The problem in the fourth set was that my mind was all over the place,” Federer told Australia’s Seven Network. “I was so close and I was telling myself, ‘Don’t mess it up,’ and then that’s exactly what I did. I got a bit lucky at the beginning of the fifth set. I personally don’t think I would have come back if he’d broken me first.”
Only a day after Caroline Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title in front of Simona Halep, we witnessed history again with Roger Federer and his 20th Grand Slam trophy.
Perhaps Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are out right now, but there is no doubt that Federer still has it and his dominance is definitely something to see this year.