Tennis superstar Roger Federer has won his 20th Grand Slam Title and his 6th Australian Open trophy. In a dramatic match, the Swissman beat Croatian Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6 and 6-1. The match went on for over 3 hours with both players being exhausted at the end. It was one of the hottest tournaments ever played on the ATP tour. In some of the matches temperatures reached 40° C (104 ° F).
Federer is the first to win 20 Grand Slam titles. He has won three out of the last 5 Grand Slams. At 36 Federer became the second oldest man to win a grand slam title after Ken Rosewall who won the Australian Open in 1972. In addition, he has become the oldest player ever to climb to the top of the ATP rankings.
The sympathetic Swiss player had the majority of supporters on his side at Melbourne Park. Red and white flags dominated the arena. In a game that went back and forth, Federer’s experience was decisive in winning the final set.
After dominating men’s tennis for a decade, the Swissman’s intermediate downfall started in 2013 when he lost in the second round at Wimbledon and failed to reach the quarter-finals in the following three Grand Slam events. After suffering from a series of back injuries between 2013 and 2016 Federer made an amazing comeback last year.
Tennis is a sport in which injuries take their toll during the latter part of an athlete’s career. Federer rivals Raphael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, both in their 30s, are also coping with injury problems.
- ATP tour = worldwide series of tournaments for professional tennis players; they take place at the same time every year
- back = back part of your body between the neck and legs
- back and forth = here: both players took turns winning sets
- beat = win against
- comeback = here to win again after an unsuccessful time
- cope with = deal with
- decade = ten years
- decisive = here: it is why he won
- dominate = here: more than other flags
- downfall = here: when you suddenly start losing matches
- exhausted = very tired
- experience = here: the skill and knowledge you have from winning many difficult matches
- fail = did not
- Grand Slam = the four most important tennis tournaments = Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open
- in addition = also
- injury = damage to a part of your body
- intermediate = here: for a short time in between other phases
- latter = last
- majority = here: most of the people in the stadium
- quarter-finals = the last eight players in a tournament
- ranking = position on a list that shows how good you are compared to others
- reach = get to
- rival = person who you play against
- suffer = to be in pain
- supporter = person who cheers for you in an event
- take their toll = to have a bad effect on something over a longer period of time
- tournament = series of matches in which players play against each other until there is one winner
- trophy = large object, like a cup or plate made out of silver or gold, that someone receives as a prize for winning a sports event