The 18-time Grand Slam winner, who has been dominant in the first few months of the year, has decided to skip Roland Garros (the French Open), citing that he wants to keep playing “for many years to come”.
The men’s Australian Open Final was a thing of beauty; contrasting styles evoking a sense of timelessness from the two legends. Rafa, with his physicality and his hefty left-handed topspin forehand has always been Federer’s bane – especially on clay, where the ball bounces up high to the Swiss Maestro’s single-handed backhand and usually draws the error.
Roger Federer has triumphed over Rafael Nadal in an epic five set match: 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3! The 35 year old has defied the odds to overcome his Spanish rival and came back to defeat Nadal in the final seet with a deficit of 1-3 down. This is Federer’s 18th Grand Slam, and his fifth Australian Open title, which will propel Federer back into the top 10 in the rankings.