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Highlights, Australian Open 2018, tennis score, men's final match: Roger Federer wins 20th Grand Slam title

Roger Federer meets No 6-seeded Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final as he aims for his 20th Grand Slam title. Follow our live blog for scores and updates.

Nikhila Makker January 28, 2018 13:08:12 IST
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Highlights, Australian Open 2018, tennis score, men's final match: Roger Federer wins 20th Grand Slam title

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Jan 28, 2018 - 18:41 (IST)

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.

Jan 28, 2018 - 18:38 (IST)

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

Jan 28, 2018 - 18:21 (IST)

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. 

Jan 28, 2018 - 18:16 (IST)

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.

Jan 28, 2018 - 18:00 (IST)

The winning selfie!

Jan 28, 2018 - 17:42 (IST)

An extremely emotional Federer breaks into tears after his speech

Jan 28, 2018 - 17:36 (IST)

20th Grand Slam title. 6th Australian Open title. 3rd Grand Slam title in the last 13 months. 

Jan 28, 2018 - 17:32 (IST)

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.” 

Jan 28, 2018 - 17:26 (IST)

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.”

Jan 28, 2018 - 17:12 (IST)

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

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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