The Swiss world number one overcame dropping the opening set against the rising 54th-ranked star to claim a 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 victory in 2hr 46min to remain unbeaten in all the Grand Slam finals he has contested since his first success at 2003 Wimbledon. Federer became the first player to win three successive Grand Slams since Pete Sampras won at the 1994 Australian Open.
The Swiss went into this year's Open having won last year's Wimbledon and US Open. He now joins other tennis greats John McEnroe, John Newcombe and Mats Wilander with seven major titles and is closing in on all-time leader Sampras with 14. It was the 24-year-old's 35th title and his fourth win over 20-year-old Baghdatis, who beat three top-10 players to reach his first Grand Slam final and only second tour final overall.
Federer pocketed 900,000 US dollars for his Australian victory, swelling his career prizemoney to 21,274,573 US dollars. Baghdatis was bidding to become the first unseeded player to win the Australian Open since 212-ranked Australian Mark Edmondson won here in 1976 and his ranking has now climbed to 26. "
Hope this hasn't spoilt the tennis for you, in case you are about to see the match on delayed telecast.
It was a wonderful game, with some amazing tennis played. What I thought was interesting, though, was the presentation afterward. Baghdatis was very humble, and excited (I thought) at just being there and having played in the finals, whether he won or lost. He is an upcoming force to be reckoned with, I feel, after what he accomplished during the Australian Open. He was a lot of fun to watch. His fan base was amazing ... Melbourne has a big population of Greeks and Cypriots, and it seemed like they were all there watching and cheering !!
Federer surprised me ... during the presentation he was trying to make a speech, but began bawling like a little boy. I found that so endearing ... there is something about a man who cries, particularly in public (only the whole world was watching him !!) that is so heart-warming. Made him seem more human, not the cool "ice-man" he appears to be on court.
There you go, that's me for the moment. Just felt I needed to share this stuff about the tennis (wanted to do it last night, immediately after, but I was so tired I needed to go to bed !). Hope everyone has a great day.