Australian Open: Roger Federer sees off Marin Cilic for 20th Grand Slam

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Australian Open: Roger Federer sees off Marin Cilic for 20th Grand Slam

We are now living in a time where two men are dominating two of the biggest sports in the world: Roger Federer in men's tennis and Tom Brady in the NFL.

Federer can't believe he's the first man in tennis history to capture 20 grand slam singles crowns after his emotion-fuelled 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory over Marin Cilic in the Melbourne Park final. He only managed to get 36 percent of his first serves in, and only won on 67 percent of those.

Federer becomes the fourth player, male or female, to have won 20 or more Grand Slam singles titles, after Margaret Court (24), Steffi Graf (22) and Serena Williams (23).

"It's incredible", an emotional Federer said during his acceptance speech, while holding back his tears.

"It was a long day, waiting for the final". But at night when you play, you have to wait all day for the final. "I'm very happy if it stays at 20, but what a moment", he added. Of course, winning is an absolute dream come true - the fairy tale continues for me.

"Defending my title from a year ago, the fairytale continues", he said.

Federer clearly had the Melbourne crowd on his side as the full assembly wanted to see him win his 20th Grand Slam.

He is the only man to have reached seven Australian Open finals, he matched Roy Emerson's Amateur era and Novak Djokovic's Open era records of six titles.

If he can defend his Wimbledon crown - which he won previous year without dropping a set - and salute for a sixth time in New York, Federer will return to Melbourne in 2019 gunning for grand slam No.23.

"I definitely think him winning the US Open has given him great belief he can do it".

Should Federer overtake Nadal, he would be the oldest man ever to top the rankings, surpassing current record holder Andre Agassi by more than three years.

"Big congratulations to Roger and his team - it's unbelievable what you guys do", said the sixth-seeded Cilic, who will rise to a career-high No. 3 in the world rankings on Monday. It looked like his alarm had finally gone off, he came into his own in the 60-minute set, hitting away his nervousness.

After the match, Cilic congratulated Federer, and he called the Open the "best two weeks of my life". It's possible I'll play something.

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