Roger Federer wins the Australian Open - The numbers behind his 20th Grand Slam success

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Roger Federer became the first man to win 20 Grand Slam titles thanks to a 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Marin Cilic at the Australian Open on Sunday.

The Swiss defended his crown in Melbourne, and was in tears as he lifted the trophy on Rod Laver Arena.

“The fairy tale continues for us, for me. After the great year I had last year, it’s incredible,” he said fighting back tears.

The 36-year-old continues to defy age and closes in on Rafael Nadal at the top of the world rankings with only 155 points now separating them.

Here’s a look at the numbers behind Federer’s latest history-making feat…

3 – At 36 years and 173 days, Federer is the third player in the Open Era to win four or more Grand Slams after turning 30, joining Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall, who both won four major titles after their 30th birthdays.

3 – Grand Slam titles Federer has captured after turning 35. Rosewall is the only other man to have won major titles after his 35th birthday in the Open Era.

4 – Federer is just the fourth player – man or woman – to win 20 or more major titles.

5 – consecutive Grand Slams now won by either Federer or Rafael Nadal. The longest streak for their duopoly took place when they split 11 straight majors from the 2005 Roland Garros to the 2007 US Open.

6 – Federer has captured his sixth Australian Open title from seven finals reached in Melbourne. He joins Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson at the top of the all-time list for Australian Open titles won.

6 – Federer’s victory means that the last six majors have been won by players aged 30 or older. He is 36.

7 – Australian Open finals Federer has reached, the most in history.

8 – second-serve aces Federer fired this tournament.

9 – wins and just one loss for Federer against Cilic.

10 – Having won his 20th Grand Slam at the 200th major played in the Open Era, Federer has now won 10 per cent of the Grand Slams in the Open Era.

13 – hours 53 minutes Federer spent on court en route to the 2018 Australian Open title.

20 – Grand Slam titles for Federer from 30 finals reached (has won two thirds of the major finals he’s contested).

30 – five-set wins for Federer throughout his career against 20 losses.

30 – Grand Slam finals reached by Federer, the most in history.

41 – of 51 serve-and-volley points Federer won throughout the tournament.

72 – The 2018 Australian Open was Federer’s 72nd Grand Slam appearance. He has won 28 per cent of the majors he has contested.

82 – Federer won 82 per cent of the points on his first serve throughout the tournament.

94 – match wins for Federer at the Australian Open against 13 losses.

95 – aces Federer struck throughout the tournament.

279 – winners Federer struck through seven matches in Melbourne, against 197 unforced errors.

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Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic to win Australian Open title

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A tearful Roger Federer powered home to beat Marin Cilic in five riveting sets to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday.

The Swiss defending champion dropped his only sets of the tournament before completing a 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over the sixth seeded Croatian in 3hr 3min.

Federer, playing in his 30th Grand Slam final, joined Novak Djokovic and Australian great Roy Emerson as joint top for the most Australian Open men’s titles.

“I’m so happy it’s unbelievable. This is a dream come true, the fairytale continues for me,” Federer said at the presentation.

“After the great year last year, it’s incredible,” the 36-year-old added as he broke down in tears.

Federer added to his already imposing win-loss record in Melbourne and is now 94-13. His overall his Grand Slam mark stands at 332-52.

“It was an amazing journey to come to the final. It could have been the best two weeks of my life, but Roger played a great fifth set,” Cilic said.

“I want to thank my team, you’re unbelievable. We worked hard for this year, hopefully we will lift these trophies in the future.”

The roof was closed over Rod Laver Arena as the tournament’s heat policy was implemented amid evening temperatures of 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit).

Cilic’s serve came under immediate pressure with a whipping backhand return winner for break point which the Croatian followed with a smash into the net for a break in the opening game.

The Croat was finding it difficult to settle and changed racquets in his second service game, but it had no obvious benefit as he dropped serve again after three break points to trail 0-3.

He finally held serve to get on the board but the Swiss star was too good, serving out the set in just 24 minutes after a shaky Cilic opening.

Federer fought off two break points in his opening service in the second set with pinpoint serves, while Cilic had a tussle before holding in the third game.

Cilic worked his way back into the match as both players traded furious forehands to stay on serve.

Cilic was break point down in the ninth, but crucially got out of it with a second serve ace down the middle followed by a forehand winner.

The Croat had a big moment in the 10th game when two Federer double faults gave him set point, but a tentative backhand into the net and a wild backhand cost him his chance.

In the tiebreaker, Cilic got to two set points when his forehand clipped the line before a winning smash levelled the match as Federer dropped his first set of the tournament.

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

The defending champion shifted gears with a stunning forehand off his toes and confidently held serve to lead 5-2 before clinically serving out the set in 29 minutes.

Cilic was then broken in the opening game of the fourth set with a poor backhand dropshot into the net as Federer closed in for the kill.

But the Croat broke back in the sixth game with three break points when Federer netted and fought off a break point in the next game to put his nose in front.

Cilic was now more in the flow and broke Federer again with his big forehands starting to find their mark. He served it out to take the absorbing final into a fifth.

But Federer stayed calm and produced quality backhands to hold on to his serve amid mounting tension.
The world No.2 crucially broke to 2-0 and got a vital double break when Cilic netted a forehand, leaving him to serve out for the championship.

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Australian Open 2018 fashions hits and misses: The adidas jumpsuit, Nike's hot pink and Hydrogen's howler

Reem Abulleil 28/01/2018

Another Grand Slam comes to a close and we can’t move on just yet before weighing in on the fashion hits and misses at the opening major of the year.

Many players brought their A-game to the ‘Happy Slam’ Down Under, but others perhaps tried a little too hard — or more like their clothing sponsors did.

From Nike’s hot pink, to the Mizuno fluorescent… the tournament at Melbourne Park was certainly a bright one.

Here’s a look at some of the most memorable outfits from the 2018 Australian Open.


The adidas romper gets points for creativity and style. Not so much for the obvious sweat patches. We’re not sure how easy it was to get in and out of, and it probably added a few minutes to those mid-match toilet breaks, but we still give it a thumbs up and hope we see more jumpsuits on tour. (We’ll always give credit to Alize Lim for her romper game).

Whether worn with the sleeveless top or the t-shirt, the Nike shorts look was brilliant in its class and simplicity. Madison Keys, Caroline Garcia, Elina Svitolina and Elena Vesnina were just some of the women to rock that number in Melbourne.

We love a good old classic Sergio Tacchini shirt any day of the week. Mate Pavic won the men’s doubles title on Sunday wearing one, while Goran Ivanisevic sported the same look in Legends’ action this past fortnight.

The Fila pleated skirt, donned by Ashleigh Barty, Timea Babos and others, combined the brand’s classic palette of red, white and navy, with a contemporary twist.

Nike’s variations on the hot pink grew on us as the tournament progressed. Roger Federer said he was part of the reason the brand kitted up their players in that colour and we must say most of them wore it well.

The New Balance kit worn by the likes of Heather Watson and Nicole Gibbs had beautiful details. From the white stitched trim, to the front slit, to the cool racerback, this outfit was a winner.

The sky blue striped kit from adidas that Alexander Zverev wore was a sleek choice. Shame we didn’t see much of it.


Fabio Fognini has done many unforgivable things on a tennis court in the past. This is another one. An inexplicable design from Hydrogen!

Maria Sharapova’s dress with mesh sleeves and inserts is a creative design from Nike and would make for a great outfit for a fancy brunch out. Not so much for sweating it out on a tennis court in 40-degree weather.

The Mizuno neon yellow kit was not easy on the eyes, especially on the doubles court. Also seen in singles on Tennys Sandgren, while Malek Jaziri took it a step further by going neon AND sleeveless.

Baking under the scorching Melbourne sun, Andre Agassi chose this black Nike hat to protect him. We sympathise with everyone who braved the Australian Open heat, but we argue that surely Agassi could have come up with a better option.

While we don’t disagree with Andy Murray that for Rafael Nadal, “sleeveless is better”, we must say that Nike’s twist on their hot pink look for the Spaniard was more sleepwear than activewear.

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