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Was Roger Federer winning the Australian Open his greatest ever triumph? stat : The Telegraph

as mentioned in Was this the greatest triumph of all for Roger Federer?
Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) debate the point at length in a Tennis Podcast, recorded backstage in the Eurosport studio in Melbourne, moments after the final in Melbourne.
An 18th Grand Slam singles title, secured at the age of 35, after 6 months out with injury, against his nemesis Rafael Nadal in the final.
What happened to Nadal after going a break up in the fifth, and what did former World No.1 Mats Wilander think of it all?
He drops by to give his verdict.

Was Roger Federer winning the Australian Open his greatest ever triumph?

as declared in Tennis: Federer outfights Nadal to win fifth Australian OpenSharelinesMelbourne: Roger Federer came out on top after a rollercoaster ride in the 35th chapter of his rivalry with Rafa Nadal to win his fifth Australian Open 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 and clinch a first Grand Slam title in four and a half years on Sunday.
Even if I played great in the break points, I was suffering a lot,” said Nadal.
Federer had two break points in the next game but Nadal fought them off and then broke again as his rival struggled for accuracy under the Spaniard’s onslaught.
“In the fifth set, I didn’t win one serve easily.
Nadal again closed out the set and Federer took a medical timeout before the start of the decider, returning to court only to give up his first service game.
Federer outfights Nadal to win fifth Australian Open

as declared in Australian Open 2017 men’s final: Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal – in pictures Read moreIn Melbourne the Swiss defeated his old rival, Rafael Nadal, in five thrilling sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to win his fifth Australian Open title and complete an incredible comeback following six months out with injury.
It means the 35-year-old’s best chance of sealing his next grand slam success is on the grass at Wimbledon this summer.
Roger Federer said he was as surprised to win his 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open as when he clinched his first at Wimbledon in 2003, and now he is targeting the All England Club for a 19th major triumph.
Federer added: “Wimbledon over Roland Garros – yes.
I guess maybe like 2003 Wimbledon – it’s totally different, but it was a big, big surprise.

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