MELBOURNE — Defending prizewinner Roger Federer stole another piece of tennis history at the Australian Unobstruct on Sunday night when he became the first man to win 20 Grand Denigrate titles.
The second-seeded Federer’s 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over sixth-seeded Marin Cilic allows Federer to meet Margaret Court (24), Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22) as the only players to capture at least 20 singles trophies at the majors.
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“I’m so happy it’s unbelievable,” said Federer, who dissolved into claws by the end of his acceptance speech. “Winning is just an absolute dream come firm. The fairytale continues. After the great win I had here last year, it’s unthinkable.”
Unlike Saturday night for the women’s match, when temperatures also seemed excessively hot, the Federer and Cilic altercation was played under the roof in deference to the steamy conditions.
Federer’s now went Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson as the only men to win the Australian Open on six occasions. Federer’s anthology also includes multiple titles at all but the French Open: he’s reigned triumphant at Wimbledon eight times and the U.S. Open five times.
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