Age is just a number - Federer hopes to prolong record-breaking career
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 30, 2018,
Jan 30, 2018, 7:12
The 36-year-old is bidding to win his 20th Grand Slam title and is the oldest man to reach the last eight at a major since American Jimmy Connors (39 years) at the 1991 US Open.
Back where his career resurgence began with a drought-breaking title past year, Roger Federer cried as he lifted and kissed the Australian Open trophy for a sixth time and celebrated his 20th Grand Slam title.
After a strong start in the third set, Cilic stumbled, and Federer took control for the rest of the match.
Cilic now rises to a career-high world No.3, behind only Nadal and Federer, and picks up a cheque for $2 million.
Having gone four and half years without winning a grand slam event, the Swiss has now won three of the last five.
He finally held serve to get on the board but the Swiss star was too good, serving out the set in just 24 minutes.
"It's a long day waiting for the final", he said.
Jubilant after posting a record 20th grand slam victory, Federer said there are multiple factors behind his success - most significantly, his wife Mirka.
For the 20 time in his career, Roger Federer has lifted Grand Slam silverware, defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic to win his sixth Australian Open title.
"I didn't see that through my thick tears, that he [Rod Laver] was taking a picture of me crying".
In the opening of the decisive set, Federer played two break-point.
In typical Federer fashion however, the world number two came roaring back and won the third set with excellent backhand returns that put Cilic under heavy pressure.
"It was an unbelievable journey for me to come here to the final", he said.
We are now living in a time where two men are dominating two of the biggest sports in the world: Roger Federer in men's tennis and Tom Brady in the NFL. Federer also has the most Australian Open Championships (6) and is tied with Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson. I never thought about it to be honest but those numbers are surreal and they're incredible. "After the year I had last year, it's incredible". You sleep, you go out there and play and do your best. Down a break point, Federer bounced back and let out a visceral cry to pump himself up after saving it.
Back where his career resurgence began past year with an unexpected run to the title following a six-month injury layoff, Federer had an nearly ideal title defense until he reached the second set of the final.