Melbourne, Roger Federer defeated his old rival, Rafael Nadal, in five thrilling sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to win his fifth Australian Open title and complete an incredible comeback following six months out with injury.
Victory also means Federer climbs to No. 10 in the world rankings after he started the tournament in 17th and with faint hopes of making the quarter-finals.
Roger Federer said he was as surprised to win his 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open and now he is targeting the All England Club for a 19th major triumph.
- Federer said: “This came as a huge, huge surprise. I guess maybe like 2003 Wimbledon – it’s totally different, but it was a big, big surprise. I thought I could probably be dangerous for a top guy, maybe beat one, and then that would probably be it, just because the body would start aching, which it did, or my level would drop – which it didn’t.”
- Federer added: “Wimbledon over Roland Garros – yes. On the grass I’ve got a lot of tournaments there, I play Stuttgart and Halle. So I guess Wimbledon, I know I have a better shot there. But at the French Open, if you’re not in the draw you can’t win it so I hope to be in the draw this year, not like last year.
- “The US Open … I also think I have a good chance to do well there, but let’s enjoy this one first.”