Roger Federer beat the sixth-seeded Croatian player Marin ?ili? in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open this morning for his 20th career Grand Slam. Per ESPN, “at the age of 36 years, 173 days, Federer became the second-oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era after Ken Rosewall, who won the 1972 Australian Open at 37.”
“I’m so happy. It’s unbelievable,” an emotional Federer told reporters. “Of course, winning is an absolute dream come true—the fairy tale continues for us, for me, after the great year I had last year, it’s incredible.”
In the past 12 months Federer has won three Grand Slam titles. His 20 Grand Slam singles titles put him in the lead of any other man in history (Rafael Nadal has 16), and just three behind Serena Williams.