Roger Federer has joined a select group of players after winning his 20th Grand Slam title with his five-set victory over Marin Cilic to claim the Australian Open crown. He becomes the first male player to join Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf who have all won over twenty of more major singles titles.
Swiss number one Federer, 36 won his sixth Australian Open title after beating Cilic in yesterday’s final in Melbourne 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 3-6. 6-1. With the Australian summer temperature’s soaring the final was played under the roof of the Rod Laver Arena in the air-conditioning amid some controversy as it’s an outdoor tournament.
Federer told BBC Sport, “It’s a dream come true and the fairytale continues.” he added, “I’ve won three slams now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself.”
Over in the Women’s event it was a dream come true for Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark who won her first Grand Slam title as well as regaining her World Number One position. Second seed Wozniacki beat Simona Halep from Romania in the final 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-4 to finally win her first major title after forty-three attempts.
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, who was defending his 2017 title, was beaten in the quarters by Chung Hyeon from Korea 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 7-6 (7-3). Hyeon became the first Korean to qualify for a Grand Slam quarter-final. Fellow 2017 champion Serena Williams took the decision not to compete in this year’s event after having her first child near the end of 2017.
British number two Kyle Edmund played his best Grand Slam event to date before his hopes were dashed by eventual runner-up Cilic who defeated him in straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in their semi-finals encounter. British number one Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a hip operation and fellow British number one Johanna Konta, who was ninth seed, had a shock second round defeat by American Bernarda Pera 6-4 7-5, this win was only Pera’s second win at Grand Slam level.
Over in the doubles, Mate Pavic celebrated becoming a double champion after winning both the Men’s and Mixed titles with his respective partners. In the Men’s event Pavic and partner Oliver Marach beat eleventh seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah from Columbia 6-4, 6-4 while in the Mixed him and partner Gabriela Dabrowski beat Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos 2-6, 6-4 [11-9]. It was not all disappointment for Babos however as she had already won the Women’s title with partner Kristina Mladenovic. The duo beat the Russian pairing of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-3 in the final.