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Friday Dec 21, 2018

 A look back at Roger Federer’s six Australian Open titles!

 A look back at Roger Federer’s six Australian Open titles
 As 2018 draws to a close, tennis fans will be gearing up for the first Grand Slam of the New Year when the Australian Open gets underway.

 Defending champion Roger Federer will be looking for his third consecutive title when the tournament starts on January 14, which would equal Novak Djokovic’s record set in 2013. 

 Federer, who even at the age of 37, continues to go from strength to strength and he is currently priced at 7.8 (7/1) to win the tournament. The Australian Open 2019 odds have him as third favourite currently, behind Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
 Arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, Federer will cement himself into the history books if he can clinch and unprecedented seventh Australian Open. 


 Here, we take a look back at Federer’s previous successes ahead of the tournament:

 2004 – Beat Marat Safin – 7-6, 6-4, 6-2
 Federer’s first Australian Open win came 15 years ago, after a straight set victory over Marat Safin. The Russian looked lethargic and tired throughout the contest, with three of his previous four matches going to five sets.
 Federer, though, demonstrated what he was all about with an impressive display that rarely saw him troubled. Effectively, the match was over after the first set with Federer expertly dispatching his opponent to make it two Grand Slam wins from the last three available.
 2006 – Beat Marcos Baghdatis – 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2
 Unseeded Marcos Baghdatis gave Federer an almighty scare in the 2006 final, going a set up before succumbing to the world number 1. Baghdatis had seen off the challenge of Andy Roddick, Ivan Ljubicic and David Nalbandian on route to the final so Federer knew he was in for a tough match.
 Unfortunately for Baghdatis, he suffered a slight calf injury in the final set which all but condemned defeat. Federer had to be at his best and he recovered well after Baghdatis had troubled him with his huge hits and impressive serve in the earlier sets. 


 2007 – Beat Fernando Gonzalez – 7-6, 6-4, 6-4
 Federer clinched his tenth Grand Slam after seeing off the challenge of Fernando Gonzalez at Melbourne Park in 2007. The Chilean put up a valiant effort after a slow start, but ultimately, Federer’s class shown through.
 The Swiss star’s third Australian Open victory meant that he had become the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a Grand Slam without dropping a set. More impressively, Federer became the first man to win three slams on at least three occasions each.

 2010 – Beat Andy Murray – 6-3, 6-4, 7-6
 Andy Murray was Federer’s next victim after the Briton was dismantled in scintillating fashion in 2010. Murray had previously lost to Federer in the 2008 US Open final and his luck was never about to change here.
 Rarely threatened and always in control, Federer demonstrated his vast array of attacking and technical brilliance to which Murray had no answer. The victory was Federer’s 16th Grand Slam success, having played in 22 overall.

 2017 – Beat Rafael Nadal – 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
 After a Grand Slam draught of five years and seemingly over the hill, Federer reminded tennis fans across the globe just why he is rated the best ever player. A thrilling five setter against Nadal ended in favour of the 35-year-old who became the oldest player to win a slam.
 Federer’s fifth victory at the Australian Open was perhaps one of the most iconic moments of his career, proving his doubters wrong in one of the all-time great matches. It was Federer’s 18th Grand Slam, putting him four above Nadal and Pete Sampras in joint second for most men’s title successes. 

 2018 – Beat Marin Cilic – 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
 The 2018 final saw Federer edge past Marin Cilic after five sets, thus providing an emotional speech post-match after hitting the all-important 20 Grand Slams. The victory summarised Federer’s amazing 20-year career in the game as Cilic found him too hot to handle.
 Ironically, it was the temperature that became a talking point with the decision to play under the roof due to the severe heat. Cilic was quoted by The Independent explaining how he found it difficult to play indoors but Federer proved his class to strengthen his position as the greatest player of all time.

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