Roger Federer, the first man to win 20 grand slam titles, goes up to collect the Australian Open title for a sixth time after beating Croatian Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in Melbourne.
At 36, Federer is the oldest men’s Australian Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1972.
“I don’t think a 36-year-old should be a favorite of a tournament,” Federer said before the tournament began. “It should not be the case.”
But he proved the pundits correct, defending the title he won much more unexpectedly last year, when he was returning from a six-month break to heal a lingering knee problem.