Federer seals 20th Grand Slam title

In a five-set thriller, the Swiss master beat the Croatian 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win the first Grand Slam trophy of the year for the sixth time. "I played a great tournament so far with my level of tennis".

Federer is bidding to retain his Australian Open crown and win the tournament for a record-equalling sixth time to go with his successes in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and a year ago.

Federer has split his last 10 grand slam final appearances and hasn't lost a grand slam final since the 2015 US Open.

Federer began his return to prominence at the 2017 Australian Open, at which he qualified for his first major final in more than a year and captured his first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2012.

A break to make it 4-2 in the third proved decisive for Federer, and he appeared to be marching towards title No. 20 when he broke Cilic in the opening game of the fourth set too.

Chung, the first South Korean man or woman to play in a semi-final at one of the four majors, was treated in a medical timeout for the left foot problem just two games earlier. No. 29 Richard Gasquet, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 Federer def. Marton Fucsovics, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-2 Federer def.

Cilic came through his semi-final against Englishman Kyle Edmund in straight sets, having breezed through the quarter-final stages after world No.1 Rafael Nadal retired hurt in the fifth set with a hip complaint. I ended up losing in the semis.

Their head-to-head record doesn't suggest much of a contest, but Cilic can draw inspiration from his one victory.

All four tennis majors are played in summer across the globe, although the summers in Paris, London and NY do not reach the scorching temperatures they do in Australia. "It shows us that we did a lot of things right in the off-season as well". "After the year I had last year... its incredible".

Unsure of Federer's service patterns, Chung continued to fight, but under a closed roof on Rod Laver Arena, as a result of rain, the Swiss star's confidence grew in the controlled conditions.

"I definitely think him winning the U.S. Open, it gave him great belief", Federer said.

"I just have to play a good match".

Federer had already created a host of records on his way to the final including becoming the first man to reach seven finals at Melbourne.

  • Julie Sanders