Roger Federer sweltered through a gruelling five-set match against Marin Cilic, to win his 20th Grand Slam title. The ageless Swiss logged the landmark triumph 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 over sixth seed Cilic, further cementing his station in the pantheon of tennis greats with trademark genius.
With 41 winners and 24 aces to Cilic’s 45 and 16, Federer notched his first successful defence of a major since the 2008 US Open.
Watched by his idol Rod Laver, Federer weathered an inspired Cilic comeback to take sole possession of fourth place on the overall grand slam pecking order behind Margaret Court (24), Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22).
At the age of 36 years, 173 days, Federer became the second-oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era after Ken Rosewall, who won the 1972 Australian Open at 37. But it seems the Swiss great is just getting started again and proving to all that age is just a number.