Swiss Roger Federer has become the first man in history to win 20 tennis grand slam titles with his victory over Croatian Marin Cilic, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
At 36, Federer is the oldest man to win the Australian Open since, Ken Rosewall, in 1972. With his sixth triumph in Melbourne, Federer tied Djokovic and Roy Emerson for the most Australian men’s singles titles. He is now 9-1 against Cilic, whom he defeated in last year’s Wimbledon final in straight sets.
“I’m so happy, it’s unbelievable, it’s been a long day,” Federer said. “I’m happy it’s over now. The fairytale continues for us, for me, it’s incredible,” said an emotional Federer as he cradled the Norman Brookes trophy.
Federer now joins an elite of players who have won 20 or more grand titles – Steffi Graf, Serena Williams and all-time record holder Margaret Court on 24.
For his victory, Roger will collect $4m and Cilic $2m for being the runner-up.