Roger Federer Defeats Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open

This article originally appeared on Sports Illustrated.

Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in five thrilling sets in Sunday’s Australian Open final, earning the 18th Grand Slam title of his career.

Federer, 35, prevailed 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 to win his first title in Melbourne since 2010. Federer hadn’t won a Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2012.

In the decisive fifth set, Nadal broke Federer in the opening game. But Federer held serve the rest of the way and managed a crucial...

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