The Swiss Superman’s 17th Grand Slam victory came in 2012 at the Wimbledon. After beating Andy Murray, Roger Federer’s winning rate took a fall. There was a brief halt in his career after last year’s Wimbledon because of injuries.
For five long years, Federer fought. And today he won his 18th beating his greatest rival Rafael Nadal in a tight match in the Rod Laver arena at the Australian Open 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
It was a thrilling encounter. It had to be because two of the greatest players in tennis history were in a battle of an epic level.
The victory becomes sweeter for Federer because he is now the first man in tennis history to have a record five or more wins in three Grand Slams. He now has five each of Australian Open and US Open and seven Wimbledon titles.
Lift that silverware, @rogerfederer!
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While Federer has five Australian Open wins, Nadal has only one. Yet the Spanish great is not too far behind Federer – he has 14 Grand Slams to his name and is tied with Pete Sampras as the man with the second highest number of Men’s Singles Grand Slam wins.
The match between the 35-year-old Federer and 30-year-old Nadal was absolutely thrilling. Towards the end of their game, there was a bit of back and forth Advantage Points before Federer clinched the match with a brilliant serve.
The only Slam he lacks at is French Open of which he has just one title.