- Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to claim the 20th Grand Slam of his illustrious career
- It was Swiss star’s 30th Grand Slam final – and he held his nerve to beat the Croatian and claim another title
- The 36-year-old appeared outside Government House to show off his latest accolade to the press
Roger Federer paraded the Australian Open trophy at Government House in Melbourne the day after sealing his 20th Grand Slam title.
Veteran Federer, 36, overcame Marin Cilic in five sets on Sunday to land his sixth Australian Open title and extends his men’s record number of major titles.
Before heading back to his native Switzerland, Federer had the customary photoshoot in front of photographers and reporters as he reflected on his success.
Roger Federer kisses the Australian Open trophy during his photocall after beating Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday
It was his twentieth Grand Slam title of the 36-year-old’s career, and a record-equalling sixth Australian Open
Photographers gathered outside government house to catch Federer with his latest piece of silverware
It was Swiss star’s 30th Grand Slam final – and he held his nerve to beat the Croatian and claim another title
‘I’ve won three Slams in 12 months,’ he said after the victory over Cilic. ‘I can’t believe it myself.’
Federer admitted on Sunday that nerves had got the better of him as he blew a lead to lose the fourth set.
‘I froze, I got really nervous, my mind was all over the place,’ Federer admitted.
‘During the match I constantly thought about the fact that I could reach 20. I was nervous the whole day, I thought about what would happen if I lost.
‘If I had got broken at the start of the fifth, there would have been no coming back from that.’
Reporters listen in as Federer reflects on his latest triumph, which had reduced him to tears the evening before
Federer received the lion’s share of support inside the Rod Laver Arena and they spurred him on to victory
The Swiss won his first Grand Slam in 2004, beating Australian Mark Philippoussis in the final at SW19
Veteran Federer, 36, overcame Marin Cilic in five sets on Sunday to land his sixth Australian Open title
Reunited with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for a sixth time, Federer seals his victory with a kiss