Roger Federer Secures 20th Grand Slam Title in Melbourne
Roger Federer proved too hot for his opponent Marin Cilic in the stifling heat as the ageless Swiss star wrapped up his sixth Australian Open title and his 20th Grand Slam success in the process. The 37-year-old was emotional following the conclusion of the gruelling five-setter in which he was tested throughout. He described it as “a very special moment”, before admitting: “I can’t believe it myself”.
It took three hours and three minutes to overcome a dogged and determined Marin Cilic, who dug deep throughout. He won five successive games in the fourth set to ensure a fifth set was required but his endeavour wasn’t enough to prevent Federer winning his third Grand Slam in 12 months. The Croatian missed two forehand returns which offered his opponent the impetus and Federer took full advantage.
Federer is showing very few signs of slowing down, although he admitted he was nervous ahead of this showpiece event. Although he has had a relatively simple passage to the final, he’s never looked like slipping up. The Bottmingen-born star added to his impressive haul, which includes eight Wimbledon titles and Betfair, who are one of Bettingtop10’s recommended UK online bookmakers, have priced him up as 15/8 for the 2018 tournament which gets underway at the end of June.
Cilic’s Wait for Second Grand Slam Continues
Marin Cilic may have struggled in the opening set but he proved he was no pushover as he pushed Federer all the way. He has just a single Grand Slam title to his name but fell agonisingly short of doubling his total here. He beat the world number two en-route to his 2014 success at the US Open but wasn’t able to repeat his heroics this time around. The Croatian wasn’t happy with the decision to close the roof in Melbourne as he believed it favoured his opponent who has been practising on the indoor courts prior to the commencement of this game.