January 28, 2018 / 11:58 AM / a month ago

Highlights: Australian Open day 14

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer overcame Marin Cilic 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3 3-6 6-1 in a thrilling Melbourne Park final to win a record-equalling sixth Australian Open trophy and 20th grand slam title of his glittering career.

Federer prevailed in just over three hours under the Rod Laver Arena roof to become the third man after Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic to claim six Australian Open titles.

The Swiss now has four more grand slam titles than his great rival Rafael Nadal.

Cilic, who knocked out an ailing Nadal in the quarter-finals, showed plenty of courage in his first final appearance at the event as he came from a break down in the fourth set to take the match into a deciding set.

But despite his big hitting, he could not stop Federer from running away with the title.

“I‘m so happy, it’s unbelievable,” Federer said with a quivering voice.

“I‘m happy it’s over, but winning is just an absolute dream come true. The fairytale continues for me. After the great year I had last year, it’s incredible.”

Tennis - Australian Open - Men's singles final - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 28, 2018. Croatia's Marin Cilic reacts during the final against Switzerland's Roger Federer. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Addressing the fans, he added: “You guys make me nervous. You guys make me practice. You guys fill the stadiums. Thank you.”

Earlier, Croatia’s Mate Pavic and Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski beat India’s Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos of Hungary 2-6 6-4 (11-9) to win the mixed doubles title.

Highlights of Sunday’s 14th day of the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year (times in GMT):

Tennis - Australian Open - Mixed doubles final - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 28, 2018. Winners Mate Pavic of Croatia and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada kiss the trophy. REUTERS/Issei Kato


Federer defeated Cilic 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3 3-6 6-1 to claim a record-equalling sixth Australian Open title and 20th grand slam.


The men’s final got underway at the Rod Laver Arena.


Dabrowski and Pavic defeated Babos and Bopanna 2-6 6-4 (11-9) in 68 minutes to win the mixed doubles title.

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty and Pritha Sarkar

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