Roger Federer
Federer won his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday Reuters

Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in a hard-fought five-setter in the Men's singles final at the Australian Open 2017 to win his 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday.

While not a lot of people would have given the two players a chance to go the distance, who were coming back from injury layoffs and also suffering a title drought in the last few seasons, they battled on and reached the title match on Sunday at Rod Laver Arena and added another chapter to their intense rivalry.

Not surprisingly, Federer and Nadal produced another classic with both of them fighting for every single point and not willing to go away after suffering setbacks. Despite coming with quite a lot of unforced errors, the 17th seed was leading 2-1 at the end of the third set after which the Spaniard buckled up and switched on his "beast mode" to force a decider and even break his opponent early in it.

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However, Federer, with his many of his famous backhand winners, broke back and never looked back from there to win the match, that went for three hours and 37 minutes, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. With the win on Sunday, the 34-year-old became the second oldest man after Ken Rosewall to claim a Grand Slam singles title.

Both the men displayed the immense respect they had for each other after the marathon final. Federer revealed that he did not expect the both of them to be back at a Grand Slam final after their injury setbacks in the last year and added that he would have been happy to lose the title to Nadal, who according to him played top-quality tennis.

IBTimes Singapore has compiled some of the best reactions after Federer clinched glory in Melbourne.