Saturday, 20 July 2019

Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic in final to win 20th Grand Slam title

Roger Federer AUS OPEN

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer has emerged as the most successful male tennis player of the Open era, beating Marin Cilic in the final of the Australian Open to collect his 20th grand slam title.

The roof was closed for the final to cope with 37.5 degrees Celsius heat outside, but the Swiss superstar kept his cool to beat a brave Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (7/5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in three hours and two minutes.

Federer, 36, won his first grand slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, where he beat Australia’s Mark Philippoussis.

He now has six Australian Open men’s singles titles, joining Novak Djokovic as the champions with the most wins in the Open era at the tournament.

Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic

The pair equal Australia’s Roy Emerson, who won six titles between 1961 and 1967 in the amateur era.

Federer also has eight Wimbledon crowns, as well as five US Opens and a single win in the French Open.

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