Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Nadal to win his record 18th Grand Slam in five-set thriller

Nadal who was at his defensive best got an early break in the decider. But a god mode on Federer came back as his usual majesty and broke the Spaniard in the 6th game

Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Nadal to win his record 18th Grand Slam in five-set thriller

Swiss legend Roger Federer beat his best rival Rafel Nadal in Australian Open to clinch his record 18th Grand Slam title in a five-set thriller. Tennis lovers couldn't have asked for a much better final, where both the players were in their bests to test the other. The 35-year-old Federer went euphoric when Nadal's challenge on the Swiss's forehand winner was called down and put an end to the  6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 match.

Both the players tested the other a lot and took two sets and led the match to a decisive 5th set. Nadal who was at his defensive best got an early break in the decider. But a god mode on Federer came back as his usual majesty and broke the Spaniard in the 6th game. He broke Nadal again in 8th and went on to serve for the Championship.

With his usual lucid style but with a huge number of errors the game was not on Federer's side in the beginning. He took the first set in 30 minutes. But the fighter Nadal, made an enthralling come back in the second.

Federer had however gone one up on Nadal as he comfortably asserted his dominance by winning the third set. The fighter that Nadal is, he made a spectacular comeback to win the fourth set and take the match for an epic showdown towards the fifth set. However, the herculean set witnessed Federer coming out on top over his old nemesis Nadal.