Roger Federer Prevails Under the Roof at the Australian Open
Roger Federer may have started as the odds-on favourite to win his sixth Australian Open, but he didn’t have it all his own way. After three hours and three minutes, the Swiss player emerged victorious to wrap up his 20th Grand Slam success.
Marin Cillic fought hard and clinched the second set courtesy of a tie-break, but he didn’t have enough left in the tank to deny the eight-times Wimbledon winner, who had spent a total of just 11 hours on the courts in Melbourne.
The sixth-seeded Croatian made a slow start to the match but soon recovered and his fourth set resurgent ensured a nerve-jangling decider was required.
Many pundits had written off the 37-year-old following a spell on the sidelines but Federer has returned to dominate the game once again and has secured three Grand Slam titles in the space of 12 months. Many of the top online Canadian betting sites such as 888sport have already installed the world number two as favourite to defend his title at Wimbledon at a price of 7/4.
There was much controversy over the deployment of the roof, with tournament officials deciding that it should be closed for this showpiece event due to the clement climate in Melbourne. Marin Cilic was unhappy with the decision, claiming it favoured his opponent, who had spent the last 24 hours practising on the indoor courts. It was 38 degrees outside by the time the final got underway and many players had previously complained about the sweltering conditions throughout the competition.
Joy for Dabrowski in the Mixed Doubles
Roger Federer wasn’t the only player celebrating in Melbourne on January 28, with Ottawa’s Gabriel Dabrowski triumphing in the mixed doubles. Teaming up with partner Mate Pavic, the 25-year-old hit a stunning winner to secure the Grand Slam title shortly after saving a championship point against Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos. It’s a second major title for the Canadian, who has previously been successful at Roland Garros last year and she showed tremendous steel to come back from a set down in the showpiece event at the Rod Laver