Roger Federer said winning an 18th grand slam and extending his lead at the top of the list of most prolific major winners was a long way from being the most satisfying thing about winning his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday.
Rafael Nadal Wins a Marathon to Set Up a Final With Federer
1. ROGER AND RAFA AREN’T DONE YET
The 35-year-old overcame her sister Venus 6-4 6-4 on Saturday to claim her seventh Melbourne crown and secure an Open-era record 23rd grand slam title.
It means she moves above Steffi Graf in the all-time list and now stands just one short of Margaret Court's unmatched 24.
Rafael Nadal's hopes of a 15th grand slam title were crushed by an inspired Roger Federer in the Australian Open final on Sunday but the rejuvenated Spaniard was already rubbing his hands together with the prospect of a "special" season on clay.
Roger Federer became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam singles title in 45 years, defeating his longtime rival Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, on Sunday to win the Australian Open for the fifth time.
The performances of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in reaching the final of this year's Australian Open have served a timely reminder as to what men's tennis was missing when both were sidelined last year.
Two-time Australian Open finalist Venus Williams is taking nothing but positives from her run to this year's Melbourne final, and with good reason.
It was her first major final since 2009 Wimbledon where, just like today, she faced off against her younger sister. And she did it without dropping a set until the semifinals.
Serena Williams said she had to dig deep to see off her sister Venus and finally win a record 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Saturday.
Serena overcame a nervy and error-strewn start when she smashed a racquet in frustration before reeling in a tense 6-4, 6-4 victory in one hour, 22 minutes.
Serena Williams won her seventh Australian Open singles title and reclaimed the No. 1 world ranking with a 6-4, 6-4 victory on Saturday over her older sister Venus Williams.
Rafael Nadal fended off Grigor Dimitrov in five long sets to set up a vintage title match against Roger Federer at the Australian Open, where every singles finalist is in their 30s.
Nadal completed the 30-plus finals quartet Friday night when he beat Dimitrov 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 in a grueling, 4-hour, 56-minute semifinal.