And with we bid aideu to you!
Thank you so much for following along over this fortnight.
We will see you again for the French Open.
And with we bid aideu to you!
Thank you so much for following along over this fortnight.
We will see you again for the French Open.
Australian Open 2018 champions:
Women's singles - Caroline Wozniacki
Men's singles - Roger Federer
Women's doubles - Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos
Men's doubles - Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic
Mixed doubles - Gabriela Dabrowski and Mate Pavic
Girls' singles - En Shuo Liang
Boys' singles - Sebastian Korda
Girls' doubles - En Shuo Liang and Xinyu Wang
Boys' doubles - Hugo Gaston and Clement Tabur
And with that the first Grand Slam of the year comes to an end.
Before we sign off, let's applaud all the winners of Australian Open 2018.
Here's a quick recap of Federer's win
Roger Federer has captured his 20th Grand Slam singles title, beating Marin Cilic in a tense, back-and-forth Australian Open final 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
It's the sixth Australian Open title in Federer's illustrious career, going along with his eight titles in Wimbledon, five at the US Open and one at the French Open.
Cilic had two chances to break Federer's serve in the first game of the fifth set, but wasted them both with two unforced errors. The Croatian player then double-faulted twice in the second game to drop his own serve, giving Federer the decisive lead in the set.
The crowd at Rod Laver Arena loudly cheered him on as he neared his 20th Grand Slam win, chanting his name between games and applauding Cilic's errors.
At the age of 36 years, 173 days, Federer also becomes the second-oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era after Ken Rosewall, who won the 1972 Australian Open at 37.
An extremely emotional Federer breaks into tears after his speech
Roger Federer gives a very emotional speech and is crying by the end of it
"I’m so happy. Winning is an absolute dream come true. The fairytale continues for us, for me. After the great year I had last year, it’s incredible. I’d like to thank Marin, another great tournament. World No 3, that’s a hell of an achievement.”
Marin Cilic gives a very gracious runner-up speech:
“Big congratulations to Roger and his team. It’s amazing what you do year after year. All the best for 2018. It was an amazing journey for me to come to the final. Today was a tough match. I had a slight chance at the start of the fifth set. But Roger played an unbelievable fifth set.”
Roger Federer holds at love to win his 20th Grand Slam title!
The defending champion defeats Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7-6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Federer breaks once again and leads 5-1
Cilic's backhand sails long on the first point. 0-15.
A great serve out wide is kept in barely by Federer and he makes a short return. But Cilic gets tight on his backhand return. He clips the top of the net and the ball falls back on his side of the court. 0-30.
Service winner from Cilic, 15-30.
Cilic's backhand lands just wide and it's 15-40. Two BREAK POINTS for Federer.
Federer converts on the very first one and now he will serve for the title at 5-1.
Federer responds with a love-hold as well.
In 66 seconds, Federer has jumped ahead to 4-1.
Love-hold from Cilic and he makes it 1-3
This is exactly what the Croat needed to get his teeth in the deciding set. He is the one dictating rallies, now needs to find a better way to attack the Federer serve, especially the second serves.
Cilic is doing a great job of forcing Federer behind the baseline but the Swiss has had a reply in this set so far
What a running FH from #Cilic to get to 30-30. #Federer holds for 3-0 5th set.— Craig O'Shannessy (@BrainGameTennis) January 28, 2018
12 points and counting. Surely won’t be smooth sailing vs a surging opponent.
Great final!!!! #AuSOpen pic.twitter.com/lWqqIW1HRn
Federer holds for 3-0
Cilic forces DEUCE on Federer's serve as well. Federer comes up with a perfect serve down the tee - hit at 201 kmph.
Cilic sends his forehand flying long and it's 3-0 in the Swiss' favour.
Federer breaks for 2-0
At 15-all, Cilic double-faults. Cilic makes it 30-all to quiten the applauding crowd. He works Federer over with the forehand to make it 40-30. The game goes to deuce after a splendid Federer return.
Federer gets a challenge right! Cilic's second serve was out and now it's BREAK POINT for Federer.
Federer’s backhand return is sharp and Cilic nets a forehand to drop his serve. Federer takes a 2-0 lead in the decider.
Federer saves two break points and holds for 1-0
Federer wins the first two points of the 5th set with service winners.
But Cilic pegs Federer back with his powerful groundstrokes and he brings up a break point.
Federer saves the first but Cilic creates another by taking control of the rally and Federer's backhand slice drops long.
The defending champion claws back to hold with a wonderful passing winner off his backhand. And the crowd is on its feet! That game had a loud "Chum Jetze" from Federer.
Cilic will like his chances in the 5th
Federer 3-4 in deciding sets in grand slam finals:— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 28, 2018
2017 Aus Open - W - Nadal
2014 Wimbledon - L - Djokovic
2009 US Open - L - Del Potro
2009 Wimbledon - W - Roddick
2009 Aus Open - L - Nadal
2008 Wimbledon - L - Nadal
2007 Wimbledon - W - Nadal
Take a look at the stats from the 4th set. Federer was quite dismal with his first serve.
Marin Cilic holds at love to win the 4th set 6-3
From 1-3 down, the 6th seed pulled off FIVE games on the trot and we are going to a decider.
Cilic breaks for 5-3 and will now serve for the 4th set
Federer starts off his service game with a backhand into the net.
Cilic builds up an excellent exchange on the next point, pushing Federer far out wide with his booming forehand.
Two more BREAK POINTS for Cilic after Federer overcooks his forehand.
Federer saves one after a long rally and this time it's Cilic's backhand that breaks down. One break point left.
Cilic takes a big backhand cut at a kick second serve—and just misses. Federer saves two break points and is now at ad.
One of the best points of the set and it's won by Cilic after some thundering groundstrokes.
Second serve ace from Federer and it's ad to the Swiss player. Cilic again attacks his second serve with his backhand, and this time he makes the shot. DEUCE.
Federer hits his backhand just wide and it's BREAK POINT again for Cilic.
This time Cilic converts as he steps into the court and whips a forehand cross court for a winner. He will now serve for the 4th set.
Cilic saves a break point and holds for 4-3. He has now won three games on the trot.
Cilic saves the break point with a big serve out wide -- hit at 193 kmph -- follows it up with a forehand into the open court and wins the point with an overhead smash.
Ace and an unreturnable serve means Cilic is ahead in the 4th set for the first time.
Cilic breaks back for 3-3
Cilic holds for 2-3 and gets to 0-30 on Federer's serve.
Double fault from Federer and it's THREE BREAK POINTS for Cilic.
Out of no where, Cilic has been given a way back into the match. Another error from Federer and Cilic breaks at love.
Federer is absolutely dominating on serve and jumps ahead to 3-1. Cilic couldn't even get a look in that game.
Cilic saves a break point and squeezes out a must-hold game. 1-2.
The 6th seed saved the break point with a superb inside-out forehand but he trails by a break and 1-2 in the match.
Federer breaks and holds for a 2-0 lead in the 4th set
The World No 2 is firmly in control of the match. Winners are flowing at will from his racquet.
Federer has been broken four times in the tournament but not even once tonight.
Time to check out what the numbers say. Stats from the 3rd set
Roger Federer is back in the lead
The defending champion wins the third set 6-3 in just 29 minutes. He's a set away from his 6th Australian Open title.
Federer serving for the 3rd set at 5-3
Service winner, ace and a forehand error from Cilic and it's THREE SET POINTS for Federer.
Federer seals the seat with an ace out wide.
Federer breaks for 4-2
At 0-15, Cilic makes a poor choice, sending a backhand approach shot down the line. Federer’s easy crosscourt forehand forces Cilic to send a volley wide for 0-30.
Then Cilic nets a backhand and it's THREE BREAK POINTS for Federer.
On the first, the Swiss nets a routine backhand. 15-40.
A wild forehand from Cilic and Federer has broken.
On serve in the 3rd set
Cilic threatens again on Federer's serve with his blazing forehand return. However, Federer does enough to edge ahead 3-2 by holding serve.
Cilic has stepped up his game by a notch, can Federer do the same?
Cilic makes it 2-2
The Croatian is now striking the ball cleanly and looking to attack. A few more errors leaking from the Federer racquet.
Federer getting uncharacteristically sloppy with 21 unforced errors - or is Marin Cilic forcing the issue?— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2018
The big Croatian up to 25 winners and looking increasingly dangerous on his forehand side...#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/vqN8ANtJO6
Cilic blazes a return winner on Federer's serve.
Federer follows that with a seething ace down the tee. Cilic gets a look at 30-30 on Federer's serve but the Swiss player holds the next two points for 2-1.
Both Cilic and Federer exchange easy service holds to start off the third set. 1-1.
Momentum slightly in the Croat's favour who has looked like a different player over the last 15 minutes or so. Body language has completely changed and he is playing with so much more confidence now.
Take a look at the second set stats
Marin Cilic failed to covert one set point at 5-4 in the second set, but he hedl his nerve in the tie-break vs Roger Federer
Set All.— Craig O'Shannessy (@BrainGameTennis) January 28, 2018
1. Fed hit too many balls to the middle BH, which let Marin groove his big BH & dine on run-around FH’s. Simply can’t overplay the Ad Ct vs the free hitting Croatian.
The battle has officially begun 🗡🛡 #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/1U9BZZLTJ8
Marin Cilic levels the match by winning the second set 7-6(2) in just over an hour.
We have a match on our hands!
Cilic wins the tie-break 7-5.
Federer's backhand catches the top of the net and falls on his own side of the court. 4-4.
Huge serve from Cilic down the tee and it's 5-4, on serve. Federer wastes a challenge.
Deep return from Cilic and he catches Federer off balance. Federer drops in a short return and Cilic attacks all over it. He brings up two set points with a forehand winner.
Federer saves one with an ace. Cilic has one set point on his own serve.
He fires a solid serve, and then wins the point with a overhead smash winner. 7-5.
3-3 at change of ends in the tie-break
Cilic's backhand holds for a change and he holds on his first point. Federer clearly looking to exploit that weakness. 1-0.
Ace down the tee from Federer and it's 1-1.
Ace out wide from Federer and it's 1-2.
Cilic comes into the net and volleys the ball home. Good, aggressive move from Cilic. 2-2.
Federer decides he wants to break and he opens up the court with an exquisite backhand cross-court and easily wins the point by hitting behind Cilic. First mini-break to the Swiss. 2-3.
Cilic gets the mini-break back immediately with a stunning service return winner. Cilic's forehand whizzed past Federer before he could even make a move. Still on serve in this tie-break as players change ends. 3-3.
Federer responds with a love-hold of his own!
It's 6-6 and we are heading to the tie-break.
Cilic races away to a 6-5 lead with a love-hold
He needs to do better on his return this time to try and break Federer.
Federer saves set point for 5-5
Second double fault from Federer and a window opens up for Cilic.
Federer hits a much-needed ace at 15-30. Cilci challenges the call but Hawk-Eye shows it was bang in the middle of the line. 30-30.
Second double fault from Federer and it's SET POINT for Cilic. 30-40.
A nervy backhand into the net from Cilic and the game is at deuce. Federer holds the next two points and gets out of jail. Very poor effort from Cilic, his backhand is just not clicking today. Huge opportunity missed!
Cilic holds for 5-4
Backhand down the line winner from Federer after some impeccable defence sets up BREAK POINT for the World No 2
Cilic produces an astonishing second serve ace to save it. A point later, he hits a big forehand cross-court for an outright winner and holds.
Federer to next serve to stay in the second set. Can the forehand pressure get to him?
Some blistering forehands being exchanged out on Rod Laver Arena
When TV can truly capture the speed and power at which Federer and Cilic are exchanging forehands, then tennis will be in a better place— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) January 28, 2018
Roger Federer is aiming for his 20th Grand Slam singles title when he meets No 6-seeded Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final.
A top-10 regular, Cilic will bring an arsenal of heavy artillery to Rod Laver Arena on Sunday when temperatures in Melbourne are expected to be in the high 30s Celsius with high humidity -- the most extreme conditions Federer has faced during two weeks in which he played only one day match.
Cilic has a 1-8 head-to-head record against Federer but his sole victory came in the US Open semi-final in 2014 when the six-foot-six powerhouse went on to claim his maiden grand slam title against Japan’s Kei Nishikori.
He also led by two sets at Wimbledon two years ago and had match points, although 12 months later in the final he suffered a painful straight sets Centre Court loss to Federer when blisters reduced him to tears.
To have the chance to banish that memory so soon in another grand slam final will make Cilic dangerous on Sunday.
”I definitely think him winning the US Open, it gave him great belief,“ Federer said. ”I like his attitude. He’s very professional. On the court, he’s a winner.
“He’s there to win and not just to be there. Sometimes you see other players you feel like they’re happy to have made the quarters. I think he strives for more.”
Cilic, whose powerful serve and tree-chopping forehand will be the key to his chances, says Sunday’s showdown is not a chance of revenge for what happened at Wimbledon.
“I think I played great tournament so far with my level of tennis,” the 29-year-old, bidding to become the first Croatian with multiple grand slam titles, said.
“I think everything is in good, solid spot. I‘m really excited about the final.”
He will start as the underdog though as the apparently ageless Federer chases yet more records.
Should Federer win he would join Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson with the most Australian Open titles and would equal Rod Laver’s record of claiming four grand slams after turning 30.
Asked what it would mean to claim a record-extending 20th grand slam title, Federer said: “Twenty times special. It would be amazing. I‘m happy I‘m still around, still healthy, still playing good, giving myself chances, playing the best."
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Jan 28, 2018 18:51:48 IST
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