Roger Federer continues his dominating run in the past year as he won his 6th Australian Open title and 20th overall Grand Slam title by beating Croatian Marin Cilic, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The Swiss tennis star has won 3 of the last 5 grand slam events. Currently ranked No.2 in the world, the 36-year-old Federer looks to add more grand slam titles this year.
Roger Federer wins 2018 Australian Open
Federer starterted very strong in the finals winning the first 6-2. Cilic, who now lost 8 times to Federer in 9 matches, fought back in the second set behind his forehand to win 7-6. Federer breezed through the 3rd set but Cilic took the momentum back in the 4th. In the first game of the finals set, Federer was able to serve a break point to lead 1-0 and he then broke Cilic in the next game to lead, 2-0. Both held serves in the next 3 sets before broke Cilic again in the 6th game to comfortably 5-1. It was all Federer in the 7th game and he had 3 Championship points and easily converted at 40-0. There was a review on the final play but that did not prevent Roger Federer from capturing his 6th title at Rod Laver stadium.
“I’m so happy. It’s unbelievable,” Federer said. “Of course, winning is an absolute dream come true — the fairytale continues for me.
The legend of Roger Federer continues and there is a big possibility that he can add more grand slam titles to his all-time record which now stands at 20. The closest pursuer is World No.1 Rafael Nadal at 16 but he withdrew from the Australian Open earlier this week due to injury.