After going more than four years without winning a major title leading into last year’s Australian Open, Federer has now won three of the last five. He started Sunday’s final with an intensity that stunned everyone and Marin Cilic undoubtedly! Federer then held his nerve in a tense, momentum-shifting match before winning 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Federer, the 36 years old Tennis champion became the oldest winner of the title since Ken Rosewall who won the 1972 Australian Open at age of 37 which marks forty-six years ago. An emotional Federer then thanked the crowd, who chanted, ‘Let’s go, Roger’ to get him over the finish line in the fifth set.
Federer, who couldn’t hold back the tears when interviewed by The Guardian, said court-side, “I’m so happy. It’s unbelievable. The fairy-tale continues for us, for me. After the great year I had last year, it’s incredible. Marin had another great tournament. Been a long journey but well worthwhile.” And then he properly let the tears flow, as he did when he lost to Rafael Nadal in 2009.
On the other hand Cilic said, “It’s amazing what Roger does year after year. This could have been the best two weeks of my life, but Roger played great tennis, especially in the fifth set. I hope I’m going to be playing here for many years to come.”
The champ raised his arms in celebration and then shared a nice exchange with Cilic, who he practiced with while on holiday in the Maldives in the off-season. He then confessed that a year ago he did not think he would get past the quarter-finals here, given he had been out for six months healing his wounded knee.
Federer, who is somehow called the Peter Pan of tennis, showed that he can still go strong for years to come and we can’t wait to see what else he can do on court.