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Today 2014 US Open championed Marin

Cilic attempts to claim his second

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Grand Slam title and his country's

first in Australia. Eyeballing him,

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a man who has won more than any

other, Roger Federer. An incredible

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20th Grand Slam title overall. Both

players could be excused for having

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a feeling of deja vu as just six

months ago, they were head-to-head

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in the final at Wimbledon.

Hardly a

breath of breeze. Marin Cilic

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against Roger Federer. Roger Federer

takes another step towards history.

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That

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That is that. The doctor and physio

are out. Everyone hoping Marin Cilic

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is OK.

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What a player! What the champion

here at Wimbledon, the first man to

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win eight championships, but he

didn't drop a set.

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didn't drop a set.

That was a

memorable milestone for Federer,

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making history by becoming the first

man to lift the Wimbledon trophy

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eight times defeating a hobbling and

emotional Marin Cilic. A painful

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memory the Croatian would dearly

love to forget. Roger has cruised

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through, winning in straight sets,

but a tough journey for Marin Cilic.

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He has spent over six hours longer

on court, the longest match against

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Rafa in the quarterfinal, when Rafa

Nadal default had with injury. He

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ended the impressive run of

Britain's Kyle Edmund. That was his

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route to the final. This is his

record

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route to the final. This is his

record against the great champion.

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It does not read well but few head

to heads do with federal. -- with

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Federer. Cilic's in the victory came

in the US Open semifinal in 2014.

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Now let us sit back and admire the

Grand Slam achievements of Roger

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Federer. He lost the final three

times, triumphing in Paris in 2009,

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his incredible eight Wimbledon

crowns, five times winner of the US

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Open, truly astonishing, how many

more? Who knows? Cilic is hoping it

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stays as 19. He is hoping for his

second major title. He has the

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power, but does he have the belief

and does he still bear the scars of

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the Des xxx devastating loss at

Wimbledon last year? He is playing

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better even better than six months

ago -- the scars of the devastating

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loss at Wimbledon. His love for the

game in the big occasion just grows

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and grows. We can join this final at

the start. Marin Cilic to serve. Our

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commentators are John Lloyd and

Andrew Castle.

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APPLAUSE

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Already you can see the pressure

that Federer brings to Marin Cilic

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who was trying to no doubt put the

Wimbledon final behind him and make

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a decent start here. Got to be a

poor memory for him.

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CHEERING

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Like Boris Becker, the reverse

backhand, and first serves at a

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premium for Marin Cilic. He needs

one now.

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Now that surely will be looked at. A

slight mis-hit, plenty of top-spin

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on it, so much like the match with

Kyle Edmund. Kyle Edmund had two

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break points. Federer with a break

point which he has... No, we will

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have to replay that one. Replaying

the point gives Cilic the first

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serve opportunity.

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Oh, always a dodgy decision, was it

not? That was way up there with the

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roof. Fantastic defensive return.

And then the great defensive lob.

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First blood, Federer.

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Boiling hot temperatures in

Melbourne, 37, 38. The heating

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policy has been brought into

operation by the referee's office.

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So this is an indoor final. Not the

first indoor final at Grand Slam,

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but Roger has played 2012 Wimbledon

against Andy Murray, you remember.

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It became an indoor match. From that

point on, it was Federer's.

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A combination of heat and humidity

gives an index score and if the

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index score is above a certain

point, then the roof can be brought

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over. But as the decision that has

been made. -- that is the decision

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that has been made. What a start!

Ridiculous. Good return from Cilic.

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Tramlines melting in Melbourne. They

are having to... Even in a country

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under city used to the heat,

tramlines melting, lots of people

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with no electricity. A mini crisis

in the city earlier on on the Sunday

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evening in Melbourne now... Federer

conducting himself in this

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air-conditioned hall beautifully.

Just doesn't give the opponent any

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time to settle. Taking the ball so

early. You saw that in the previous

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game when he broke on a couple of

seconds serves. There he even took

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the first serve on early.

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You know, the reaction he had the

ordeal at Wimbledon was interesting.

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He went into his shell. Were blamed.

And I know that he had blisters,

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they were blamed, it was an

additional factor, that he had been

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defeated. He had no answers to what

Roger Federer was doing. He is not

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the first! I hope that does not

happen in this final. I hope he

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gives a good account of himself. So

far, a break of serve down,

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mis-hits, the fully firing opponent.

Not good. Looking to make it a

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difficult evening.

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The problem is, Federer forces you

to go for more than you would like

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to go for. If you do not hit the

ball accurately, close to the line,

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it is coming back at you so fast.

That was that error from Cilic.

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Forcing himself to go deep and in

the corners, missed that by an inch

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and now he is in deep trouble here.

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And he can also nullify the biggest

weapon Cilic house which is the

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serve, if it is firing. He can

nullify it with a block return which

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others do not use, old-fashioned

play -- the biggest weapon Cilic

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has.

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And there it is again, the chip with

a little bit of bite on it. Cilic,

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no response at all so far. I already

feel sorry for him. Federer will

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not. Three breaks.

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APPLAUSE

The second rally, tried to go toe to

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toe with Federer, and he has come

off second best.

One of the big

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changes, John, to the Federer game,

he gives no ground these days. He

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prefers to take his chances with the

half-volley than moving back. That

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is how tennis has changed. It has

forced it on him. His game has

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evolved. Fascinating journey.

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APPLAUSE

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SUE BARKER: Lightning start for

Federer and he would close out the

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opening set in just 24 minutes.

But Marin Cilic would rally in the

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second set, clawing his way back

into the match, taking it to a

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tie-break.

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COMMENTATOR: Excellent. Really tough

shots from Cilic. Federer certainly

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testing him in that rally. Good

angles. Good length.

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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Excellent play.

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Gut instinct from Cilic to get in on

top of the net nice and early and

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cut that one away beautifully.

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So good. That backhand there,

changed that rally. Looked like

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Cilic was on top and then just

exaggeration... -- just

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acceleration. That was the one.

It

is the patient's commie might have

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to wait four, five, six points to

rip the backhand, but that was the

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moment -- it is

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the patience, you might have to wait

four, five, six points. A couple of

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errant serves from Federer in this

set. Quite a long way off target.

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The ball toss moving around a little

bit. Very rare to see that.

Short.

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The first one missed by so far. The

bit of a shock to the system. Good

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work from Cilic again. He is not

going to go away. Not about the

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history books uber-statistics,

numbers, predictors, nothing to do

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with it. -- not about the history

books uber-statistics. Pure

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instinct.

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Tight. Brown to be nervous. -- bound

to be nervous. Cilic, can he just

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get ahead?

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Yes, he can. He has played a superb

break, hasn't he?

He really has.

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Nobody anticipating this serve

anywhere other than on the line.

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Inside, in fact. All of it. Strange,

strange challenge.

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Brilliant hitting. Great return.

You

will not see a better 1- to punch

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than that.

Down the mini-break in

this tie-break. You remember he has

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already had a set point. Hit

attained ground stroke in the middle

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of the net. -- hit a tame ground

stroke in the middle of the net.

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Here we go.

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Well done! What a gutsy set. The

first set anybody has taken off

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Roger Federer at this year's

Australian Open and Federer had his

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chances and there was one-way

traffic we were watching, really, in

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the first set. The second set, it

took an hour. Does that change the

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whole complexion of this final? I

think so.

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SUE BARKER: The early exchanges of

the third set went with serve. We

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pick up the action at 3-2.

COMMENTATOR: Marin Cilic has Woody

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done what nobody else has done in

this tournament, take a set off

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Roger Federer

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Roger Federer -- Marin Cilic has

already done.

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already done.

Got a bit jammed on

that.

Let serve too. He split with

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his coach in the past year which

surprised many, Jonas Bjorkman.

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Dangerous business coming in on the

Federer forehand of course. Always

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going to make you play a tough ball.

The wrong decision there. If he had

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gone crosscourt, he would have had

more time to close in on the net.

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Coming down the line, he gave

Federer too much time to hook the

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forehand wide.

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APPLAUSE

A chance to come in, Cilic, but he

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was shy after the last point and he

elected to stay back.

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And he comes over the backhand, the

high-kicking second serve are not

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getting high enough. And the Cilic

serve, it succumbs. It is Federer

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ahead in the third. Two or three

foot inside the baseline once again,

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persisting with this tactic, making

the ball arrived at Cilic quickly.

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Could not react.

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Just thinking, in that service game

of Cilic, he has managed his serve

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so well after losing the first set.

Looked so confident, two Shakey

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points at the beginning, the missed

forehand and the approach shot which

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was not good enough. The whole thing

changes. You cannot drop your level

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for a second against Federer, that

is the problem.

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No!

That was reminiscent of the

first point of the tie-break against

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Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinal

that he won with a half-volley whip

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and this again, absolutely... Nobody

asked us that.

No.

Maybe Rafa now

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and again. Ridiculous. Backwards,

half-volley, whip, over the net,

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lo...

I do not think that is in the

teaching manual.

Basic principles,

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done to perfection. Amazing, isn't

it?

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If you are going to try a

half-volley with four and Tommy

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might as well try that. -- width.

A

drop shot back from that position...

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That was not really on. But with

Federer anything is really on.

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Federer backs up the break and

pushes ahead 5-2 in this now indoor

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final of the Australian Open. Hot

and humid, the weather. The same can

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be said of Federer's tennis in this

set. The Rod Laver Arena and the

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great man in attendance. Two Grand

Slams for Rudd labour. -- Rod

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labour. Using which he won all of

the major championships. Probably

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the greatest of all time.

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Of course, they didn't have in those

days the luxury of putting a roof

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over the stadium.

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You played your final there, on the

grass?

Yes, temperatures were the

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same. It was different with the heat

reflecting off the grass. Much

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hotter on the hard courts these

days.

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Interesting that Cilic hit that

flick shot. Not a shot that the has

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to play that often but he is having

to do it in today's final.

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to do it in today's final. That was

a good hold.

Very nice, something to

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build on as he attempts to break. He

must break, otherwise he is two sets

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to one down. A combination of heat

and humidity gave an index higher

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than at any time during this

tournament.

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tournament. The referee's discretion

exercised. He decided to close the

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roof.

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Great start.

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This is a consummate game, isn't it?

Fairly straightforward.

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Fairly straightforward. That's just

magnificent. There you go. That is

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how you serve out for a set. As

Federer closes in on a 20th Grand

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Slam title. Great second set from

Cilic. Has he got two more sets in

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him? We will see.

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Three fabulous first serves in a

row. That last one, he just

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overcooked it.

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Dangerous moments from Marin Cilic.

-- from Marin Cilic. 30 of these

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grand slam finals for Roger Federer.

The next closest in terms of total

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finals, Nadal, 23. Djokovic at 21.

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They are an amazing generation,

this. And Federer has been out there

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winning these major championships

for 15 years.

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for 15 years. Cilic has also made a

fantastic contribution, winning the

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US Open, a Wimbledon final and now a

final in Australia. But he is in

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danger here. That is a very strong

return. Cilic not able to find the

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touch. And Federer pushes ahead. And

Cilic is going to have to find a way

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to break. Not easy.

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to break. Not easy. One of the

highlights for the UK audience in

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this tournament has been the run to

the semifinal of Kyle Edmund. One of

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the things you could look at with

Roger Federer, when you think about

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Kyle's game going forward, are those

chip returns on the wings. Federer

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has made a career of making it

difficult for opponents by making

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them play the ball.

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them play the ball.

Come fit! What

sort of game are you playing? He

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doesn't belong on this planet. --

come off eight!

One with which we

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are not familiar, to coin a Jack

Nicholas phrase. -- Jack Nicklaus.

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Again, that flick. It is just

amazing. 84 -- 81% first serves.

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That is just amazing.

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The body serve just to throw

something different in. We haven't

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seen too many of those. Federer is

like, why not?

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That is why you don't want to be

serving second serves to Cilic.

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Federer will have clocked that.

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So, Federer a break up in the fourth

set and on the verge of a 20th grand

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slam title. Would Cilic have

anything left?

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There was a lovely moment a few days

ago, I think it was after the Thomas

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Berdych match, Federer did the

interview on court. There was a

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veterans' match coming out

afterwards. Featuring Mark

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Philippoussis, whom he beat in the

Wimbledon final back in 1993. He

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could be playing in the over 35 is!

-- over 35s!

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-- over 35s! 29 years old, and

Cilic. The only man on the 30 to

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make a grand slam final last year.

-- under 30.

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-- under 30. Tremendous Cilic.

That

was a good response. Good return.

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That one. It. Directed -- that one

was at full stretch.

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This is a surprising game.

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Amazing. I never expected that.

The

first break of serve for Marin

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Cilic.

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Cilic.

A point away from being

double break down in this set. You

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think the match is over and now he

has broken back. A gutsy effort.

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Two hours and 14 minutes played. In

a few seconds it would be officially

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the longest match that Federer has

been involved in, and the most

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difficult as well.

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A remarkably similar pattern to the

very first break of the match, that

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very one sided first set. Cilic is

not able to take one out of the air.

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So coming that time. That was brave.

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13 aces.

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That is a tremendous passage of play

from Marin Cilic. A break and then a

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hold. 4-3 to him in the fourth set.

How would Marin Cilic respond in

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this grand slam final? We saw a bit

of a meltdown at Wimbledon last

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year. Magnificently, is the answer.

Especially after that first set,

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which was over in a flash. It was

all Federer. And now I wonder? Two

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straight games for Cilic. He has got

the forward tilt of the head. He

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looks quite menacing down there.

His

ground strokes have been very

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menacing in this set.

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What a shot. The wingspan he has,

that stretch. Hit with power. Look

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at that.

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at that.

Yes, right at you!

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He caught that one laid. Just off

balance. You don't see that very

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often with Federer.

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Oh! Everybody thought that was going

out. Cilic didn't. That forehand

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crosscourt that dipped under the

line. He may have a look at the

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replay in this rather Labour arena.

-- Rod Labour arena.

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That is wide. He wasn't going to

push it, was he?

No. Quite rightly

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so. He has to go for it. He pulled

that one wide. He has to be

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aggressive every time he has a

chance to get that first strike in.

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Brilliant! Point of the match.

Brilliant.

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LAUGHTER.

The variation from Federer in that

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rally, but he just couldn't push

Cilic out of it. He stayed in that

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rally, one chance, a sledgehammer of

a forehand.

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What a time to go for that.

Second

serve ace. Ace number 20. As he

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pursues grand slam title number 20.

Only Margaret Court and Steffi Graf,

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Serena Williams, have won more.

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Late call.

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UMPIRE: the ball was called out.

Does he face another break point? He

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lost his last service game. It is

always dangerous calling a Federer

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ground shot out. That is out. It is

break point.

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UMPIRE: Federer has one challenge

remaining.

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That is so good! I mean, he was

brilliant back in 2014 in dismissing

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Nishikori and Federer to win his

grand slam title at the U.S. Open.

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But I think easy -- hitting the ball

even better now. Look where he is

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playing it from.

He has had no

choice. After that first said he has

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changed his game around, become far

more aggressive, taken the ball on.

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Got closer inside to the court. He

is flicking balls. Not letting the

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ball play him. He is going after it.

Fantastic performance by Cilic.

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On par Cilic is challenging the

call.

0:55:030:55:06

The first serve percentage in this

set alone, 74%.

50% it was in the

0:55:060:55:14

last set. There is an improvement

there.

0:55:140:55:20

Federer down at just 36% first

serves.

That was 80% in the last

0:55:250:55:32

set.

It is often the greatest

indicator. Brilliant tennis to go

0:55:320:55:40

along with those serving numbers.

0:55:400:55:42

Is he playing well?!

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What a turnaround this is. It is

hard to believe when you see the

0:56:490:56:53

scoreline now from where he was in

this set. Three set points. Amazing.

0:56:530:57:04

Superb. Marin Cilic, from a break

down in the fourth set, has taken

0:57:090:57:14

fourth. We are off to a decider for

a second year in a row. The

0:57:140:57:21

Australian Open has a fifth set to

decide the championship.

0:57:210:57:30

Federer so close to taking control

of the fourth set and going a double

0:57:300:57:35

break up. Cilic fighting back to

take it 6-3. Now a decider. Federer

0:57:350:57:41

with a change of shirt. He went off

the court.

0:57:410:57:48

the court. It was so different last

year, his run to the final of the

0:57:510:57:56

Australian Open. Against Nishikori

and Stan Wawrinka he won five. And

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then against Nadal in the final. All

of that after six months away from

0:58:000:58:06

the game. He didn't lose a set

coming into this final. He has lost

0:58:060:58:12

a couple here.

0:58:120:58:17

Cilic continues to bludgeon the ball

and show this great spirit.

In that

0:58:300:58:35

fourth set he hit 13 winners to

Federer's six. You can just see what

0:58:350:58:44

his plan was. I'm going to go

outside my zone and I am going to go

0:58:440:58:48

for it. A lot more than he has done

in probably any other match.

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in probably any other match. Plus,

it doesn't do any harm when you

0:58:570:59:03

serve 73% first serves in the last

set as well. Federer down in the

0:59:030:59:06

30s.

0:59:060:59:14

What a forehand from Federer. The

defence. He is on the edge, isn't

0:59:280:59:35

he?

How deeply Cilic hit that shot

there. It dips at the last minute.

0:59:350:59:42

It just stays in. Staring at a break

point.

0:59:420:59:55

It is taking chances. Cilic is

taking chances every single rally.

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Federer has lost his last couple of

service games. I don't have the

1:00:051:00:11

statistic that says the last time he

lost three service games in a row.

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Maybe it never happened!

1:00:181:00:26

What a second serve! You do not ease

your way into a fifth set, it is all

1:01:061:01:16

out there now. I suspect she knows

exactly where her husband... He is

1:01:161:01:21

hanging by a thread, I think.

1:01:211:01:29

Where has he got this extra power

from? We did not see this in the

1:01:391:01:47

first set were Federer's strikes

seem to be ten miles an hour faster

1:01:471:01:52

than Cilic's. Now it is reversed.

CHEERING

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Now we are talking!

1:01:571:02:04

Yeah, all kind of smooth and sweet

looking on the outside, wild animal

1:02:091:02:13

on the inside.

1:02:131:02:20

Could be a bit of a bark if he wins

this, as a message. Two break points

1:02:251:02:32

he has faced, he has not held for a

good 20, 25 minutes.

1:02:321:02:44

Oh, boy. It is a challenge. Federer

played for the big top-spin short,

1:03:051:03:12

crosscourt. Right underneath the

umpire.

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umpire. Oh, man, what a backhand!

Awesome game. Both players. Some

1:03:221:03:32

people are on their feet. Excellent.

Brilliant game.

This is so good,

1:03:321:03:41

isn't it?

That backhand, go and try

that one. The onslaught, the barrage

1:03:411:03:46

from Cilic in that game...

1:03:461:03:57

from Cilic in that game... OK, and

settle. So much for 25 seconds.

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UMPIRE:

Federer is challenging the

call. The ball was called in.

Why

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can't football get this right?

Tennis has gained so much from this

1:04:201:04:25

and so many other sports have as

well. We want the right calls. Look

1:04:251:04:30

at the replay, move on.

1:04:301:04:36

at the replay, move on. Getting a

little testy towards the line judge.

1:04:361:04:43

Unusual.

He was in the rally. He is

still going to be in the rally now,

1:04:431:04:49

second serve, but...

Did not do it

on purpose, the linesman.

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on purpose, the linesman. I just

think it illustrates where he is at

1:05:001:05:01

the moment, stressed.

That much was

almost over in the beginning parts

1:05:011:05:09

of the fourth, Federer totally in

control, it looked like. He knows he

1:05:091:05:14

is playing against a player that is

inspired at the moment too. Risky.

1:05:141:05:21

One set shoot out.

1:05:211:05:23

The Federer presence, he know he

will come in on the second serve,

1:06:251:06:29

not coming in, but stepping well

inside the baseline. Just went for a

1:06:291:06:37

little bit too much.

1:06:371:06:38

Good recovery.

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Lost to Dan Evans 12 months ago,

Marin Cilic.

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APPLAUSE

That was in the second round.

1:07:421:07:46

Defending champion, of course, Roger

Federer. Rankings wise, Cilic will

1:07:461:07:52

go to number three, whatever

happens. Federer will stay at two,

1:07:521:07:58

behind Nadal at one.

1:07:581:08:00

UMPIRE:

Confederate is challenging

the call.

I thought that was close,

1:08:231:08:32

very close. -- federate is

challenging the call. He has served

1:08:321:08:38

one double in this game. Yeah.

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CHEERING

1:09:091:09:14

He will be disappointed, Cilic.

Played so well. That game was one of

1:09:171:09:25

the worst service games he has

played for a long while. Two double

1:09:251:09:30

faults.

SUE BARKER: Federer at the early

1:09:301:09:32

break in the deciding fifth set. Can

Cilic comeback? We rejoin the match

1:09:321:09:43

at 4-1 with Cilic to serve.

1:09:431:09:47

Real danger now for Cilic. Federer

weathered the storm in the first

1:09:541:10:03

game. As Cilic try to go three

breaks in a row. He was on top.

1:10:031:10:08

Momentum has shifted.

1:10:081:10:10

That is a 6-point winning streak

foot Federer snapped with these new

1:10:531:10:59

balls. -- for Federer.

1:10:591:11:09

Wide.

UMPIRE:

Mr Cilic is challenging the

1:11:291:11:36

call.

Might as well challenge. But

the call was confirmed by the

1:11:361:11:40

umpire, right under his nose. Looks

to be two break points for Roger

1:11:401:11:45

Federer as he tries to see all this

deal. Yes. -- sealed the deal. This

1:11:451:11:55

is it.

1:11:551:11:57

CHEERING

1:12:391:12:46

Just seen it so many times. Three

hours up,

1:12:531:13:01

hours up, gruelling match, Cilic

succumbing in this fifth of the

1:13:011:13:04

willpower, the support, the shots.

Could have been so different. Not 25

1:13:041:13:10

minutes ago, could have been totally

different.

1:13:101:13:20

CHEERING

1:13:371:13:47

Beautiful.

Great length.

1:14:321:14:42

CHEERING

Can't believe he has done it again.

1:15:081:15:16

I sometimes wonder if he amazes

himself. Grand Slam title number 20.

1:15:161:15:22

That is the challenge. What is Cilic

doing? Let us have a look. Delay the

1:15:221:15:28

inevitable. It is good.

Barely!

Why

not challenge it?

1:15:281:15:36

CHEERING

I suspect it is easier to go on

1:15:361:15:43

holiday with Roger Federer than to

play against him.

That is for sure.

1:15:431:15:54

Never seen anything like this with

this man on the court. He is beyond

1:15:541:15:57

belief.

1:15:571:16:02

belief.

Absolutely the star of the

show throughout the tournament, it

1:16:021:16:07

was sad Rafa Nadal who will remain

world number one succumbing to

1:16:071:16:10

injuries against today's finalist,

Marin Cilic, in the quarterfinal. He

1:16:101:16:18

played a wonderful tournament,

Cilic. Cilic, -- Federer, record

1:16:181:16:24

equalling sixth. He joins Roy

Emerson and Novak Djokovic. Only

1:16:241:16:29

Nadal has ever beaten him in an

Australian Open final. Magnificent

1:16:291:16:32

to watch. It is title number 96. He

is ridiculous.

1:16:321:16:46

is ridiculous.

He has now won a

record equalling

1:16:461:16:48

is ridiculous.

He has now won a

record equalling sixth Australian

1:16:481:16:48

Open title and as we have heard, in

the process, he has become the first

1:16:481:16:54

man to win an astonishing 20 Grand

Slam titles.

1:16:541:16:58

CHEERING

Our champion for 2018, Roger

1:16:581:17:04

Federer.

CHEERING

1:17:041:17:17

APPLAUSE

1:17:171:17:26

Winning is just an absolute dream

come true, the fairy tale continues

1:17:261:17:32

for us, for me.

After the great year I had last

1:17:321:17:37

year, it is incredible.

APPLAUSE

1:17:371:17:45

Of course, I would like to thank

Marin, and other great tournament,

1:17:451:17:51

congratulations on world number

three, a hell of an achievement,

1:17:511:17:55

keep going with what you are doing

and you can achieve more.

1:17:551:17:58

APPLAUSE

My team, I love you guys. Thank you.

1:17:581:18:05

CHEERING

1:18:051:18:11

APPLAUSE

1:18:321:18:42

CHEERING

1:18:541:19:04

Roger, I think you know what you

mean to everyone here in Australia

1:19:061:19:10

and we know how special it is with

Rod Laver taking a selfie of this

1:19:101:19:15

moment.

Ladies and gentlemen, what a humble

1:19:151:19:19

and worthy and deserving champion

and we congratulate 20 time Grand

1:19:191:19:24

Slam champion Roger Federer.

CHEERING

1:19:241:19:30

Sue -- SUE BARKER: This man is loved

around the world and I think

1:19:301:19:38

everyone is amazed at at the age of

36, he is getting better and better.

1:19:381:19:43

Andrew and John are with me in the

studio.

Have you ever heard an

1:19:431:19:48

ovation like that? He could have

stayed there forever. The 127 100

1:19:481:19:52

and other people in the drawer who

need to be crying, not Roger. -- the

1:19:521:19:58

127 other people in the draw.

Imagine when he announces he is not

1:19:581:20:03

playing any more... The way he goes

about his business, that outpouring,

1:20:031:20:10

some people will be surprised that

on the occasion of his 20th Grand

1:20:101:20:13

Slam victory, he is still... It is

the depths you have to go to to win

1:20:131:20:16

these things and that is probably

the most remarkable thing, despite

1:20:161:20:20

his amazing tennis, he can keep on

doing it, he keeps on wanting to go

1:20:201:20:25

through this, and that is fantastic.

Normally he only cries that your

1:20:251:20:28

questions!

That should be emotional.

It shows they're matters. It was not

1:20:281:20:35

your questioning! A charming moment

and it shows what it means. You can

1:20:351:20:41

see... Mirka, if she is up and

going, come on, Roger, he is hanging

1:20:411:20:48

by a thread.

You got me thinking,

maybe it was the questions! He is

1:20:481:20:53

loved around the world and everyone

wants to see the great champion and

1:20:531:20:56

it is wonderful in Melbourne have

everyone stays on to see him with

1:20:561:21:00

the trophy.

Yeah. What I loved about

it, he is still surprising himself,

1:21:001:21:06

that is what is so fun, when you see

his reactions, because he can't or

1:21:061:21:10

must believe he is doing it himself.

He doesn't take himself granted. It

1:21:101:21:15

is a challenge all the time. Such a

special man. Every time you see him,

1:21:151:21:20

you think, will this be the last

time?

He could go on forever. In

1:21:201:21:24

Melbourne, you can watch it, all of

these people outside have a ground

1:21:241:21:30

pass, parading with a trophy,

special moments.

A record-breaking

1:21:301:21:35

attendance, of all the four Grand

Slams, each magical, each of the

1:21:351:21:39

cities have as different

relationship with their own Grand

1:21:391:21:42

Slam, this is in the heart of the

city, it has grown so much since we

1:21:421:21:46

were playing there.

They love the

sport.

750,000 people have turned

1:21:461:21:52

up.

It was a great match. You have

to pay tribute to Marin Cilic

1:21:521:21:56

because after the first set, I

thought it

1:21:561:22:02

thought it would be over, but he

produced wonderful tennis, like this

1:22:071:22:09

point.

He really went for it. After

the first set, we were thinking,

1:22:091:22:11

Wimbledon again. Federer demolished

him in the first set. He thought, I

1:22:111:22:16

have got to start threatening him,

and he did, started taking the ball

1:22:161:22:21

early, out of his comfort zone, and

he had the belief he could play a

1:22:211:22:24

game he is not used to doing. Boy,

he came close, he had chances at the

1:22:241:22:29

beginning of the fifth.

The emotion

of it all pours out for Roger. Just

1:22:291:22:35

how much he cares and still cares.

That is right, 36, I was mentioning

1:22:351:22:40

in commentary, E came off one match

the other day and Mark Philippoussis

1:22:401:22:44

was waiting to play seniors match,

and this is the guy he beat in the

1:22:441:22:50

2003 Wimbledon final, it goes on.

They do not want him in the

1:22:501:22:55

veterans!

I was just thinking about

Novak Djokovic, how do you respond

1:22:551:22:59

to this? Probably by winning French.

Tough. Roger won his 20th Grand Slam

1:22:591:23:07

title today, just 24 hours after

Caroline Wozniacki claimed her

1:23:071:23:10

first. After 13 years on the talk

and 43 attempts, she finally won a

1:23:101:23:18

major title. Another epic match just

like today. It took its toll on her

1:23:181:23:23

opponent, Simona Halep, who needed

medical treatment and she spent a

1:23:231:23:27

few hours in hospital being treated

for dehydration afterwards. We wish

1:23:271:23:31

her well. At the start of the

tournament, we were disappointed

1:23:311:23:36

there was no Andy Murray but guess

what, we had a new British star to

1:23:361:23:41

celebrate, 23-year-old Kyle Edmund

who fought his way through to the

1:23:411:23:45

his first-ever Grand Slam semifinal.

He put up the world number three en

1:23:451:23:49

route, Grigor Dimitrov. -- he put

out.

1:23:491:23:56

out.

Absolutely vaporised that

forehand! A big first serve delivers

1:23:561:24:02

the opening set for Kyle Edmund.

Yes! 2-1 lead now. This is his. Kyle

1:24:021:24:13

Edmund, Grand Slam semifinalist for

the first time in his career!

It was

1:24:131:24:19

a wonderful run, wasn't it, John?

Knocking at the door for a while but

1:24:191:24:25

he has proved a lot to himself in

Melbourne.

In the off-season, it has

1:24:251:24:29

been remarkable what he did. He has

improved his return of serve, he

1:24:291:24:33

looks so much fitter. Coming to the

net more now. His belief in himself

1:24:331:24:38

has changed. I thought he would

maybe make top 30. Now I think he

1:24:381:24:43

can be top ten. The other players

now are fearing him, he's dangerous.

1:24:431:24:48

We used to talk about the big

forehand, but the big serve now, his

1:24:481:24:54

backhand, movement, all improved.

A

commentator said, fatal roast

1:24:541:25:00

bulimic or -- vaporised. He has

changed his service motion a little

1:25:001:25:04

bit -- a commentator said,

vaporised. He has a great team

1:25:041:25:09

around him. Natural growth and

development, 23, you expect him to

1:25:091:25:15

start producing his best tennis now.

The win over Grigor Dimitrov and

1:25:151:25:21

Anderson and another, roll on the

French.

Nick Kyrgios and another,

1:25:211:25:27

they have not proved themselves, and

now he has, maybe top ten and

1:25:271:25:31

challenging again.

There is an

opening in the men's game, Federer

1:25:311:25:34

and Nadal, they are in a league of

their own, but he could move up the

1:25:341:25:41

ladder.

And challenging, that would

be exciting. Kyle Edmund will

1:25:411:25:44

hopefully be featuring in our tennis

coverage next week. This is what is

1:25:441:25:48

coming up on the BBC. The world

indoor Bowls Championships follows

1:25:481:25:55

this programme on BBC Two. Live

coverage of the singles final. Later

1:25:551:26:00

on, Ski Sunday at 5:15pm. Davis Cup

tennis next week, Spain against

1:26:001:26:06

Britain in Marc Day bulimic or --

Marbella. It was not long ago that

1:26:061:26:17

this competition gave us one of our

proudest moments. Never thought you

1:26:171:26:20

would see the day again

1:26:201:26:23

proudest moments. Never thought you

would see the day again. Stepping up

1:26:231:26:26

again for his country.

The Murrays

have won and they have inched Great

1:26:261:26:33

Britain closer. Two number ones

squaring off. One set away from more

1:26:331:26:42

tennis history. Great Britain have

done it in the most spectacular

1:26:421:26:46

style!

The Davis Cup is on its way

back. That is a final we will never

1:26:461:26:53

forget, that was on clay, this is on

clay next week against Spain.

1:26:531:26:58

Andrew, looking about, but tall

order, no Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund

1:26:581:27:04

hopefully fit enough to travel.

We

have a shot at the doubles if Kyle

1:27:041:27:09

Edmund is fit. Someone will have to

step back at number two. Maybe Liam

1:27:091:27:13

Brody. Frankly, we are probably long

second favourites for that, it has

1:27:131:27:24

to be said. But Smith will give it a

great shot. We hope we can expect to

1:27:241:27:30

see Kyle Edmund play and play well.

You have been Davis Cup captain,

1:27:301:27:34

sometimes you have to throw in the

younger players and give them a

1:27:341:27:37

chance and see how they go.

Davis

Cup is a strange thing. Some players

1:27:371:27:42

play above their rankings on some

play below. If Cameron gets a

1:27:421:27:46

chance, maybe he will play better

than we have seen so far and step

1:27:461:27:50

up. It will be tough. We are

favourites in the doubles. The other

1:27:501:27:54

four away on clay against Spain will

be tough.

What a choice they have,

1:27:541:27:58

Spain. No Rafa Nadal.

1:27:581:28:05

Spain. No Rafa Nadal.

You have got

David Ferrer, French Open

1:28:051:28:10

finalist... It is not going to be...

We're just glad it is not an

1:28:101:28:15

eight-man team, then they would have

even more of an advantage. Great

1:28:151:28:19

experience and we hope Kyle Edmund

is fit to play because we need a

1:28:191:28:22

spearhead.

We certainly do. We have

had a great tournament, two great

1:28:221:28:27

finals.

The woman's final was just

superb and am glad Simona Halep was

1:28:271:28:36

OK after being on the drip for a

bit. That is why the roof was

1:28:361:28:40

closed, not a conspiracy.

Today we

saw Roger Federer making history

1:28:401:28:44

again, 20th Grand Slam title, 20 and

counting, simply superb, goodbye.

I

1:28:441:28:51

wonder if Marin Cilic can do

anything to stop this wave of

1:28:511:28:54

brilliance from Federer?

1:28:541:29:00

brilliance from Federer? First

blood, Federer. The first set

1:29:001:29:06

anybody has taken off Roger. That is

just magnificent. That is how you

1:29:061:29:13

serve out for a set, 2-1. Point of

the match. Marin Cilic has taken the

1:29:131:29:20

fourth. Awesome game. Cilic

succumbing in this fifth. It is a

1:29:201:29:31

record equalling sixth Australian

men's singles title.

1:29:311:29:37

Sue Barker presents highlights of the Australian Open men's final from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

Roger Federer lifted his fifth title in 2017 as he overcame Rafael Nadal in an epic five-set clash.


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