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Roger Federer takes 20th Grand Slam title with Australian Open win

Roger Federer takes 20th Grand Slam title with Australian Open win

"For me, it's great to again be in the final, giving myself another opportunity to win a Grand Slam".

Federer had to wait to fully celebrate when Nadal challenged on match point previous year and the same thing happened Sunday. "Of course, winning is an absolute dream come true - the fairytale continues for us, for me, after the great year I had last year, it's incredible".

The record for most major singles titles is 24, set by Margaret Court across the amateur and professional eras.

"But this year seems more surreal, I can't believe I was able to defend my title and after all these years I was able to do it again".

"It's very special. Maybe this one is going to take longer to sink in but this is how it feels". He's had considerable trouble beating the Big Four throughout his career, sporting a meager 7-39 record against them combined.

You'd forgive him if it wasn't the case.

The 36-year-old proved too strong for Marin Cilic over five absorbing sets in Melbourne and his achievement re-opens the debate about how his achievements compare to individuals across other sports and the gender divide.

In the end, Federer eased his way to victory and furthered his all time men's Grand Slam record. Probably. Can he defy time even more?

Federer displayed his natural ability to rise above the rest when he needed it most.

Top tennis players are enjoying longer careers in general - just look at Serena Williams. Nadal fell to Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals, withdrawing due to injury in their fifth set. She withdrew from this year's tournament as it was only four weeks after she gave birth.

"It's a long day waiting for the final", he said.

Federer just keeps rolling.




That win 12 months ago - Serena Williams' last before taking time out for her pregnancy and the birth last September of her daughter - coincided with Federer's drought-breaking triumph at Melbourne Park. "I think that's what's going to dictate how successful I will be".

The player remains without any scandal, always cordial, polite, attentive, friendly, nothing to do with the youth Roger who was a volcano erupting every time he played.

The Fed Express was in full steam by now, and he certainly looked the part - he strode out onto the grass at Wimbledon in an elegant white jacket, and had a gold trim on the collar of his playing shirt.

The distance that separates his first title from the last, 14 and a half years since he achieved his first Wimbledon in 2003, is the second largest in history, again behind Rosewall (19 years).

A former teammate of Viv Richards was reported to still be playing local cricket at the age of 80 in 2013.

Off to a ideal start, the 37-year-old broke the Croatian's serve in the very first game.

Kyle Edmund's quarter-final victory over Grigor Dimitrov, the world No 3.

Mr Cilic, now aged 29, is also the youngest champion currently on the men's tour, since none of the players born in the 1990s has yet won a major title.

Peyton Manning became the oldest quarterback to win the Superbowl in 2016, aged 39.

Available at a premium price point of $20,000, only 20 of these commemorative Collector's Edition Packages have been created, each individually numbered (one through 20) and autographed by Roger Federer following his championship win. McEnroe never won another major after the age of 25.

Bernard Hopkins became boxing's oldest ever World Champion aged 48, he defeated Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight title in March 2013.


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