Wait is over. After five years since Wimbledon 2012, Roger Federer has finally managed to win a Grand Slam by beating his all time favourite rival Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in an epic Australian Open Final 2017. With the victory, Federer has now won his 18th Major Title leaving behind Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras who have 14 Grand Slam Titles to their names, which is a record in an Open Era.
Right from the beginning, Federer was hitting strong backhands making it way too difficult for Nadal to hold strong. Federer won the first set comfortably by 6-4. Nadal who is famous for his aggressive on court body language and habit of not giving up, made a strong comeback and won the 2nd Set 6-3. Exchange of outclassed rallies continued and 3rd Set came to Federer’s name and 4th one to Nadal.
In the final set, it was Nadal who broke Federer in the very first game and made it to 2-0 after second game. Since then, Federer showed magnificent display of tennis and fought hard to get the break. Nadal who was just edging to stay on his service games eventually got broken in the 6th game while he was serving 3-2. After making it 3-3, Federer readily made it 4-3 and Nadal tried his level best to equalize the edge.
Strong serves of Nadal and backhand returns of Federer provided fans with some exceptional rallies to watch but it was Roger Federer who had the luck and finally won his 18th Grand Slam Title on his 2nd Championship Point. Following the victory, Federer has become an only man to win atleast 3 Grand Slams for atleast 5 times in this history. He has won 7 Wimbledon Titles, 5 US Open and Australian each and 1 French Open.
In a post ceremony Nadal who was looking for his 15th Major and 2nd Australian Open Title congratulated Federer said that today, Federer deserved this trophy a little bit more than him. Federer on the other end also expressed a great gesture of sportsmanship by saying that there are no draws in tennis, but he would have been very happy to share this trophy with Nadal tonight.
Nadal and Federer, the greatest rivals of all time, previously had met on 8 different occasions in Grand Slam Finals with Nadal leading 6-2. With the victory, Federer has now won 12 matches against Nadal in Head to Head meetings with Spanish Matador leading the rivalry 23-12. On Monday, Federer will move to 9th Spot in ATP Rankings climbing up 8 positions whereas Nadal will move to 6th Spot from 9th Position.