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Australian Open: Roger Federer Beats Rafael Nadal to Win Record-Extending 18th Slam

News18.com | January 29, 2017, 7:17 PM IST
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal make their unexpected return as Grand Slam finalists in a classic Australian Open decider that nobody saw coming but which has sent tremors of excitement through the sport.
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Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to win Australian Open 2017 title

Jan 29, 2017 5:44 pm (IST)

It's 40-40 again. 

Jan 29, 2017 5:42 pm (IST)

Federer makes it 40-40 with a solid forehand. DEUCE to decide.

Jan 29, 2017 5:40 pm (IST)

Championship game for Federer.

Can Nadal stop him?

Jan 29, 2017 5:38 pm (IST)

A forced error from Nadal. Federer wins this game.

He leads 5-3 in the final set.

Jan 29, 2017 5:37 pm (IST)

A 192 kmph speed ace from Nadal. It's 40-40 now.

Jan 29, 2017 5:36 pm (IST)

26 shots in that rally and now Federer has fourth break point of the game.

Jan 29, 2017 5:34 pm (IST)

Two back-to-back points from Nadal. It is 40-40. It's DEUCE.

Jan 29, 2017 5:33 pm (IST)

Comeback! Nadal makes it 15-40.

Can he pull this off?

Jan 29, 2017 5:32 pm (IST)

Federer does it again. He is playing calmly. Nadal goes for a big show and the ball lands outside the line. 30-0 for Fedex

Jan 29, 2017 5:31 pm (IST)

Federer starts the game in his own way. He takes the opening point of the game. 15-0

Jan 29, 2017 5:29 pm (IST)
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And, Federer does it in his own style. He takes 4-3 lead in the final set. Brilliant show from him.

Jan 29, 2017 5:28 pm (IST)

Back-to-back points for Federer. The game belongs to him. 40-0 to him.

Jan 29, 2017 5:27 pm (IST)

Federer takes the opening point with an ace. 15-0

Jan 29, 2017 5:27 pm (IST)

Point for Federer. The Swiss maestro makes it 3-3 in the final set.

Jan 29, 2017 5:26 pm (IST)

Federer wins a point with a magnificent forehand. Advantage Federer.

Jan 29, 2017 5:25 pm (IST)

Forced error from Federer. Advantage Nadal.

Jan 29, 2017 5:24 pm (IST)

Nadal wins a point with an excellent forehand. It's DEUCE.

Jan 29, 2017 5:24 pm (IST)

The ball pitches outside the line. Federer makes it 40-30.

Jan 29, 2017 5:22 pm (IST)

Forced error from Federer!

Nadal makes it 15-30 now.

Jan 29, 2017 5:21 pm (IST)

Federer's trademark! What a backhand from him. It was out of Nadal's reach. 15-0 for Federer.

Jan 29, 2017 5:20 pm (IST)

Nadal serving in Game No. 6

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Australian Open: Roger Federer Beats Rafael Nadal to Win Record-Extending 18th Slam
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Even the two combatants would never have predicted they would meet again in the Melbourne final, but the stars have aligned after the early exits of top seeds Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.
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