20 grand slams. A colossal number. A number that was first thought to be unachievable in the men’s game. But such is the quality of Roger Federer, that he makes the impossible seem easy. From Federer’s first Grand Slam in 2003 to his 20th in 2018, these 15 years have been filled with the some of the most graceful stroke play on a tennis court, and a whole bunch of tears from the man as well. A 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Marin Cilic gave the tournament favourite, a record-tying sixth Australian Open title.
On Sunday, the tennis was less graceful, but more effective. Whenever Federer takes to the court, you expect effortless tennis. But to defeat a formidable Marin Cilic, the Swiss maestro relied more on efficiency than his customary flowing strokes. Another indicator of why Federer is one of the best of all time. He knows when to adapt his game, especially against an opponent who had drubbed him in straight sets at the US Open in 2014.