FEDERER MAKES HISTORY AGAIN

Roger Federer wins 20th Grand Slam becoming the first man in history after epic Marin Cilic encounter in Australian Open final in five sets.

The champion of the inaugural TEB BNP Paribas İstanbul Open, 36-year-old Roger Federer beat the defending champion of TEB BNP Paribas İstanbul Open, Marin Cilic 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 in a match lasting three hours and seven minutes.

With extending his unbeaten streak to 14 in Melbourne Park, 2017 champion also matched Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson’s record hauls of six Australian Open crowns. It was the sixth Australian Open title in Federer’s perfect career while 2014 US Open winner of Croatia, Marin Cilic has lost two of his three Grand Slam finals.

Federer captured the first set 6-2 in 24 minutes, but Cilic rallied in the second to take it 7-6 (5) when Federer had dropped a set in the tournament.

World No. 2, Federer won 82 percent of points on his first serves and he came back to take the third set against Marin Cilic 6-3.

Cilic leveled the Australian Open final with Roger Federer at two sets apiece, sending the match to a fifth-set decider. Cilic broke Federer twice in the fourth set to capture the set 6-3.

Roger Federer won the first two points of the final set and managed to raise his level, finishing 6-1 and winning his 20th Grand Slam victory.

The 36-year-old hit 41 winners and 40 unforced errors, which was a contrast to Cilic’s winner-error ratio of 45-64.

Federer’s 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over sixth-seeded Marin Cilic allowed him to join Margaret Court (24), Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22) as the only players to capture at least 20 singles trophies at the majors.

EMOTIONAL SCENEs

“It was an amazing journey for me to come here to the final today. Big congratulations to Roger and his team and all the best for 2018,” Cilic said at the ceremony.

Federer said winning the title was “Absolutely a dream come true. The fairytale continues for us, for me, after the great year I had last year, it’s incredible.
We had a wonderful time here in Australia. I love you guys, thank you! I’d also like to thank Marin… Another great tournament goes to world No.3…” said Swiss maestro.

Then the tears flowed as the greatest male slam winner kissed the trophy.