Melbourne: Roger Federer claimed his 18th grand slam title with a thrilling 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over his old foe Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final on Sunday.
The Swiss veteran started strongly and won the opening set but Nadal came alive in the second, storming into a 4-0 lead before levelling the match. Federer then moved up a gear to retake control of the match with some sublime tennis. He won the third set 6-1 but Nadal raised his game again to set up a decider.
The 35-year-old immediately took a medical time out and Nadal pounced upon the Swiss’s return, breaking serve in the first game of the fifth set. But Federer recovered his poise and eventually prevailed.