Australian Open: Federer defeats Cilic, claims 20th Grand Slam

Australian Open: Federer defeats Cilic, claims 20th Grand Slam

His progress to the final was largely stress-free and included a truncated semi-final triumph when Hyeon Chung was forced to withdraw through injury in the second set.

"We were in talks with them (Dubai organisers) but when the (Australian Open) tournament started, I just said 'look, if it's okay, I'd like to decide after the tournament'", he said.

Most Australian Open titles (6) - equalling Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson.

The thrilling five-set match ended 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, making it the 6th time for Federer to win the Australian Open, reports Xinhua news agency. Last year Norman accompanied Federer on a trip to a mountain chalet in Switzerland, and appeared with him in a GQ cover.

But the six seed lost serve on the back of a couple of ground stroke errors and Federer raced 4-2 up in the third set.

Australian Open: Federer defeats Cilic, claims 20th Grand Slam
Australian Open: Federer defeats Cilic, claims 20th Grand Slam

When Federer got the early break at the beginning of the fourth set, it once again looked as though Cilic was in trouble. Federer was unexpectedly emotional after his five-set victory and could not hold back the tears during his victory speech. At this stage of a competition in the semis, to get a walkover, that was very odd for me.

And he surged to an early lead in comfortable fashion before Cilic rounded to make a game of it.

"But I think Roger plays his greatest tennis on the big occasions, on any surface". "Thank God I slept to 11".

Grand Slams are one part of the equation. The 36-year-old becomes only the fourth player after Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or more major singles titles. My team have been unbelievable for the last two weeks. It's not just Federer's tennis, but the fact that he can play so successfully with minimum damage to his body. He's had the same guy stringing his racquets since 2004, and all of his racquets are strung just hours before the game. "I can't believe it myself", said Federer, showing no signs he's ready for his resurgent run to stop.

Roger Federer poses with his Australian Open trophy in Melbourne on Monday after winning the title six times and clinching a very "special" 20th grand slam title.

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