Roger Federer wins historic 18th Grand Slam after beating Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open


Roger Federer has beaten great rival Rafael Nadal in a five-set epic to win a record-breaking 18th Grand Slam.

The Swiss has become the first man to reach that total of Slam wins, winning his fifth Australian Open in the process.

Ranked at No. 17 in the world having taken six months off to recover from a knee injury, few gave him a chance at the start of the tournament but he enjoyed an incredible two weeks to lift his first major since Wimbledon 2012.

Federer had never beaten his final opponent at Melbourne Park and was significantly behind on their head-to-head in Slam finals (Nadal 6-2), although this was their first meeting at this stage of a major since the French Open in 2011.

On the same weekend Serena Williams became the most successful woman in the Open Era, Federer extended his lead at the top of the men’s…

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