- Nachiket Chavan
World no.2 Roger Federer defeats no.6 Marin Cilic in an epic five-setter final to win the Australian Open title. This win marks his 20th Grand Slam and 6th Australian title defending it after winning it last year against Nadal.
The match was all about short rallies as Federer won the first and third set and Cilic won second and fourth.
The match was evenly poised at 2 sets all and then the champion stepped up to take last set 6-1. The final scoreline read 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The 36-year-old was in tears when he lifted the trophy and in his honour, his racquet company Wison is going to issue 20 special edition racquets and 50% proceeds of which will be given to Roger Federer Foundation.
The Women’s singles between world no.1Simona Halep and world no.2 Caroline Wozniacki was one of the toughest finals in history ever as the match went on for almost 3 hours with the latter winning it 6-7, 6- 3, 4-6.
Halep entered final by winning a long battle against Kerber 6-3, 4-6, 9-7. While the eventual champion Caroline defeated Mertens 6-3, 7-6.
The win is her first Grand Slam title and would be over taking Halep’s position as world no.1 on Jan 29. She will be world no.1 after 6 years which itself is going to be a record as the last was the top-ranked player in 2011.
For Indian fans, there was heartbreak as Rohan Boppana and his partner Babos lost their mixed final against the pair of Pavic and Debrowski.
After winning the first set 6-2 lost second set 4-6 and eventually lost tiebreaker and final 9-11. It’s his third final appearance in Grand Slam final winning French Open with current champion Debrowski.