Roger Federer rewrote history with the 20th title
Roger Federer continues to write a story. The 36-year-old Swiss won his 20th Grand Slam title after defeating Marin Chilich 6:2, 6:7 (5), 6:3, 3:6, 6:1 in the Australian Open final. Thus for the second consecutive year he triumphed in Melbourne. For him, this is the sixth Australian Open Title, equalizing with Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic. The Swiss for the second time defeated Chilich in the Grand Slam final after he made it last year at Wimbledon.
Federer recorded his 14th consecutive win in Melbourne, and for the second consecutive season he had to play five sets in the final. In 2017 he returned after a six-month absence and reached the title after a titanic battle for the title with Rafael Nadal. He did not lose a set this year with Chichic and made four breakthroughs, and today he allowed two. FINAL PHOTOGALLERY
Chile finished his magnificent performance in Australia with a loss but from tomorrow he will climb to third place in the world rankings. US Open champion 2014 lost second Grand Slam final.
Chilich started stiffly his third Grand Slam final in the career. The nerves were evident in every single stroke of his first game. The Croatian service did not allow for any play, but after his second serve and a winning hit by Backhand Federer came to a breakthrough. Chilich saved himself with the Hawk system for a short while, but when the point was replayed, he was wrong to hit the head.
The game followed zero, and after 10 consecutive points, Roger led with 40:0 at the serve of the opponent. Marin reached a winning point before handing over the game. Seconds later, the Swiss man led 4:0. At this stage, Chilich had made 9 unintentional mistakes, and Roger was in perfect rhythm and pressure, taking the ball early and not giving him time to react.
Chilic managed to score on the board in the fifth game, and his next serve game was a bit more confident and he made 2 aces. The first set, however, was long over and Federer officially put his end in only 24 minutes from the start of the match according today predictions
at 6:2. He lost only two points on his serve in the first part.
At the start of the second set, Croat looked different. His service was more stable, he moved a little better on the court and started attacking the clock. After several excellent games, Chillic has come to two breakthroughs. But Roger was ready, save the first with the ace and the second with the forehand on the straight. After four consecutive points, the game was won by him and the result equaled 1:1. The US Open 2014 champion returned to the hesitant game and mistakes in the next game when he had to save a breakpoint. The most controversial and long-term game since the start of the game went in favor of Cilic, but he did not indicate that he could be equivalent to his rival for a longer period.
Given the fact that Marin did not regularly run his first serve, his chances were greatly reduced. After another winning stroke, Federer made a second breakthrough in the set, which was also reflected.
The Grand Slam titles recorder made it easier to give in and in the ninth game he got a new breakthrough chance, then?
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