Federer Wins Australian Open
It was the throwback final. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the greatest rivalry in tennis was meeting in a final for the first time in 6 years. The aging stars had cast serious doubts if they would ever be grand slam champions again. Federer had not won a major title since Wimbledon 2012, and Nadal had not even made a final since French Open 2014.
But both men were finally back in a final together, against all odds. Each of their legacies now depended on this title. Whoever could win in Australia would be that much closer to being considered the “greatest of all time,” a title which both men are clear contenders for.
Nadal and Federer each had 5 set semifinals, a rarity in majors. In fact, both men had already played two 5 set matches going into the final. And the battles were not about to stop.
Federer’s five-set win was only a mere three hours and 37 minutes, with momentum quickly shifting back and forth. In fact, Nadal was up an early break in the 5th set. Miraculously, Federer beat the Spaniard at his own game, with a massive burst of late-match energy. Within just a few games, Federer had Championship Point.
It was a bizarre ending, with Nadal challenging the final line call. But Hawkeye showed Federer’s forehand winner was clearly in, granting him the Australian Open Trophy. The final score was 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Not only is Federer now the only man to win 3 different Grand Slams 5 times each, but he is also the 2nd oldest man ever to win a major title at 35. Not to mention he has broken his own record by earning an 18th major trophy.
Of course, both men should be proud of their performances at the Australian Open. Tennis fans around the world are hoping that this is just the start to a spectacular season for the greatest rivalry of all time.