Swiss tennis player Roger Federer defeated Spain’s Rafael Nadal in five sets ( 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3) in the Australian Open men’s singles final on Sunday, to win a record 18th Grand Slam title. This was the duo’s 12th Slam encounter, with Nadal winning nine of the matches. Their last meeting in a Slam final was the 2011 French Open where Nadal won.
Federer captured his first major title since Wimbledon in 2012 and his fifth Australian Open trophy. Nadal had been bidding for his second title in Melbourne and his 15th overall at Grand Slams.
Federer jumped up and down and screamed in celebration after clinching the match, then held back tears as he sat in his change-over chair.