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Roger Federer has won this year’s Australian Open final after a thrilling five-set victory over Rafael Nadal.

This is his 18th Grand Slam title and first for five years.

Roger Federer, 35, won 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 to claim his fifth Australian Open title and extend his lead at the top of the all-time men’s major winners’ list.

Rafael Nadal, 30, remains tied in second with Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slams following his first final since 2014.

Roger Federer’s previous major title came at Wimbledon in 2012.

The Swiss said: “I’ve been coming here for almost 20 years now.

“I’ve always enjoyed it and now my family does too.

“Thanks again for everything, to everybody. I hope to see you next year. If not, this was a wonderful run here and I can’t be more happy to win.”

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Roger Federer’s achievement in ending his drought is all the more remarkable given this was his first tournament since last year’s Wimbledon, after which he took the second half of the season off to recover from a knee injury.

He becomes the first man in history to win five or more titles at three different Grand Slam events – five Australian Opens, five US Opens and seven Wimbledons.

Rafael Nadal was also on the way back from injuries that curtailed his 2016 season, but the Spaniard could not improve his winning record against Roger Federer – the Swiss has now won 12 of their 35 matches and three of nine major finals.


Serena Williams has won her seventh Australian Open after beat sister Venus in straight sets.

The 35-year-old American won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title with 6-4 6-4 passing Steffi Graf in the all-time list of major winners since the Grand Slams accepted professional players in 1968.

Serena Williams regains the No 1 ranking from German Angelique Kerber.

Australia’s Margaret Court, with 24, is the only player still ahead of Serena in terms of Grand Slam singles titles.

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“Congratulations Serena on number 23,” said Venus Williams, who at 36 is the oldest Australian Open finalist in the Open era.

“I have been right there with you, some of them I lost right there against you. It’s been an awesome win.

“I’m enormously proud of you, you mean the world to me. I, God willing, would love to come back. Thank you for all the love.”

Serena Williams paid tribute to her sister, who was playing her first major final for eight years, saying: “There’s no way I would be at 23 without her. There’s no way I’d be at one without her. She’s my inspiration.

“She’s the only reason I’m standing here today. She’s the only reason the Williams sisters exist. Thank you for inspiring me. Every time you won this week, I felt like I got a win too.”