MELBOURNE, NETRALNEWS.COM - The champion of 2017 Australian Open men's singles Roger Federer admits he was happy to see his all-time rival, Rafael Nadal, in the final.
"Tennis is a tough sport, no draw there. But if there is, I would be happy to accept a draw with Rafa tonight, really," Federer said as cited from the Australian Open site.
Nevertheless, Federer ran out of words after receiving his fifth title after undergoing his 100th Australian Open games.
"I do not know what to say. But I want to congratulate Rafa on his outstanding comeback. I do not believe we both can be in the final of the Australian Open. But here we are," he said.
Roger Federer’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 triumph over Nadal on Rod Laver Arena is the fifth for the Australian Open title and 18th Grand Slam title throughout his career.
The Swiss tennis player will move up to the world top ten ranking with these results, which is also his first win over Nadal in four meetings between them at the Australian Open, and won his third major final tournament over the Spanish player in nine tries.
Before this final, Federer's last win over his strong rivals occurred in the Wimbledon final in 2007.
With this, Federer has also become the first person in history to win five or more titles in three different Grand Slam events. (*)