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Today 2014 US Open championed Marin
Cilic attempts to claim his second
Grand Slam title and his country's
first in Australia. Eyeballing him,
a man who has won more than any
other, Roger Federer. An incredible
20th Grand Slam title overall. Both
players could be excused for having
a feeling of deja vu as just six
months ago, they were head-to-head
in the final at Wimbledon.
breath of breeze. Marin Cilic
against Roger Federer. Roger Federer
takes another step towards history.
That is that. The doctor and physio
are out. Everyone hoping Marin Cilic
What a player! What the champion
here at Wimbledon, the first man to
win eight championships, but he
didn't drop a set.
didn't drop a set.
That was a
memorable milestone for Federer,
making history by becoming the first
man to lift the Wimbledon trophy
eight times defeating a hobbling and
emotional Marin Cilic. A painful
memory the Croatian would dearly
love to forget. Roger has cruised
through, winning in straight sets,
but a tough journey for Marin Cilic.
He has spent over six hours longer
on court, the longest match against
Rafa in the quarterfinal, when Rafa
Nadal default had with injury. He
ended the impressive run of
Britain's Kyle Edmund. That was his
route to the final. This is his
route to the final. This is his
record against the great champion.
It does not read well but few head
to heads do with federal. -- with
Federer. Cilic's in the victory came
in the US Open semifinal in 2014.
Now let us sit back and admire the
Grand Slam achievements of Roger
Federer. He lost the final three
times, triumphing in Paris in 2009,
his incredible eight Wimbledon
crowns, five times winner of the US
Open, truly astonishing, how many
more? Who knows? Cilic is hoping it
stays as 19. He is hoping for his
second major title. He has the
power, but does he have the belief
and does he still bear the scars of
the Des xxx devastating loss at
Wimbledon last year? He is playing
better even better than six months
ago -- the scars of the devastating
loss at Wimbledon. His love for the
game in the big occasion just grows
and grows. We can join this final at
the start. Marin Cilic to serve. Our
commentators are John Lloyd and
Already you can see the pressure
that Federer brings to Marin Cilic
who was trying to no doubt put the
Wimbledon final behind him and make
a decent start here. Got to be a
poor memory for him.
Like Boris Becker, the reverse
backhand, and first serves at a
premium for Marin Cilic. He needs
Now that surely will be looked at. A
slight mis-hit, plenty of top-spin
on it, so much like the match with
Kyle Edmund. Kyle Edmund had two
break points. Federer with a break
point which he has... No, we will
have to replay that one. Replaying
the point gives Cilic the first
Oh, always a dodgy decision, was it
not? That was way up there with the
roof. Fantastic defensive return.
And then the great defensive lob.
First blood, Federer.
Boiling hot temperatures in
Melbourne, 37, 38. The heating
policy has been brought into
operation by the referee's office.
So this is an indoor final. Not the
first indoor final at Grand Slam,
but Roger has played 2012 Wimbledon
against Andy Murray, you remember.
It became an indoor match. From that
point on, it was Federer's.
A combination of heat and humidity
gives an index score and if the
index score is above a certain
point, then the roof can be brought
over. But as the decision that has
been made. -- that is the decision
that has been made. What a start!
Ridiculous. Good return from Cilic.
Tramlines melting in Melbourne. They
are having to... Even in a country
under city used to the heat,
tramlines melting, lots of people
with no electricity. A mini crisis
in the city earlier on on the Sunday
evening in Melbourne now... Federer
conducting himself in this
air-conditioned hall beautifully.
Just doesn't give the opponent any
time to settle. Taking the ball so
early. You saw that in the previous
game when he broke on a couple of
seconds serves. There he even took
the first serve on early.
You know, the reaction he had the
ordeal at Wimbledon was interesting.
He went into his shell. Were blamed.
And I know that he had blisters,
they were blamed, it was an
additional factor, that he had been
defeated. He had no answers to what
Roger Federer was doing. He is not
the first! I hope that does not
happen in this final. I hope he
gives a good account of himself. So
far, a break of serve down,
mis-hits, the fully firing opponent.
Not good. Looking to make it a
The problem is, Federer forces you
to go for more than you would like
to go for. If you do not hit the
ball accurately, close to the line,
it is coming back at you so fast.
That was that error from Cilic.
Forcing himself to go deep and in
the corners, missed that by an inch
and now he is in deep trouble here.
And he can also nullify the biggest
weapon Cilic house which is the
serve, if it is firing. He can
nullify it with a block return which
others do not use, old-fashioned
play -- the biggest weapon Cilic
And there it is again, the chip with
a little bit of bite on it. Cilic,
no response at all so far. I already
feel sorry for him. Federer will
not. Three breaks.
The second rally, tried to go toe to
toe with Federer, and he has come
off second best.
One of the big
changes, John, to the Federer game,
he gives no ground these days. He
prefers to take his chances with the
half-volley than moving back. That
is how tennis has changed. It has
forced it on him. His game has
evolved. Fascinating journey.
SUE BARKER: Lightning start for
Federer and he would close out the
opening set in just 24 minutes.
But Marin Cilic would rally in the
second set, clawing his way back
into the match, taking it to a
COMMENTATOR: Excellent. Really tough
shots from Cilic. Federer certainly
testing him in that rally. Good
angles. Good length.
Gut instinct from Cilic to get in on
top of the net nice and early and
cut that one away beautifully.
So good. That backhand there,
changed that rally. Looked like
Cilic was on top and then just
exaggeration... -- just
acceleration. That was the one.
is the patient's commie might have
to wait four, five, six points to
rip the backhand, but that was the
moment -- it is
the patience, you might have to wait
four, five, six points. A couple of
errant serves from Federer in this
set. Quite a long way off target.
The ball toss moving around a little
bit. Very rare to see that.
The first one missed by so far. The
bit of a shock to the system. Good
work from Cilic again. He is not
going to go away. Not about the
history books uber-statistics,
numbers, predictors, nothing to do
with it. -- not about the history
books uber-statistics. Pure
Tight. Brown to be nervous. -- bound
to be nervous. Cilic, can he just
Yes, he can. He has played a superb
break, hasn't he?
He really has.
Nobody anticipating this serve
anywhere other than on the line.
Inside, in fact. All of it. Strange,
Brilliant hitting. Great return.
will not see a better 1- to punch
Down the mini-break in
this tie-break. You remember he has
already had a set point. Hit
attained ground stroke in the middle
of the net. -- hit a tame ground
stroke in the middle of the net.
Here we go.
Well done! What a gutsy set. The
first set anybody has taken off
Roger Federer at this year's
Australian Open and Federer had his
chances and there was one-way
traffic we were watching, really, in
the first set. The second set, it
took an hour. Does that change the
whole complexion of this final? I
SUE BARKER: The early exchanges of
the third set went with serve. We
pick up the action at 3-2.
COMMENTATOR: Marin Cilic has Woody
done what nobody else has done in
this tournament, take a set off
Roger Federer -- Marin Cilic has
Got a bit jammed on
Let serve too. He split with
his coach in the past year which
surprised many, Jonas Bjorkman.
Dangerous business coming in on the
Federer forehand of course. Always
going to make you play a tough ball.
The wrong decision there. If he had
gone crosscourt, he would have had
more time to close in on the net.
Coming down the line, he gave
Federer too much time to hook the
A chance to come in, Cilic, but he
was shy after the last point and he
elected to stay back.
And he comes over the backhand, the
high-kicking second serve are not
getting high enough. And the Cilic
serve, it succumbs. It is Federer
ahead in the third. Two or three
foot inside the baseline once again,
persisting with this tactic, making
the ball arrived at Cilic quickly.
Could not react.
Just thinking, in that service game
of Cilic, he has managed his serve
so well after losing the first set.
Looked so confident, two Shakey
points at the beginning, the missed
forehand and the approach shot which
was not good enough. The whole thing
changes. You cannot drop your level
for a second against Federer, that
is the problem.
That was reminiscent of the
first point of the tie-break against
Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinal
that he won with a half-volley whip
and this again, absolutely... Nobody
asked us that.
Maybe Rafa now
and again. Ridiculous. Backwards,
half-volley, whip, over the net,
I do not think that is in the
done to perfection. Amazing, isn't
If you are going to try a
half-volley with four and Tommy
might as well try that. -- width.
drop shot back from that position...
That was not really on. But with
Federer anything is really on.
Federer backs up the break and
pushes ahead 5-2 in this now indoor
final of the Australian Open. Hot
and humid, the weather. The same can
be said of Federer's tennis in this
set. The Rod Laver Arena and the
great man in attendance. Two Grand
Slams for Rudd labour. -- Rod
labour. Using which he won all of
the major championships. Probably
the greatest of all time.
Of course, they didn't have in those
days the luxury of putting a roof
over the stadium.
You played your final there, on the
Yes, temperatures were the
same. It was different with the heat
reflecting off the grass. Much
hotter on the hard courts these
Interesting that Cilic hit that
flick shot. Not a shot that the has
to play that often but he is having
to do it in today's final.
to do it in today's final. That was
a good hold.
Very nice, something to
build on as he attempts to break. He
must break, otherwise he is two sets
to one down. A combination of heat
and humidity gave an index higher
than at any time during this
tournament. The referee's discretion
exercised. He decided to close the
This is a consummate game, isn't it?
Fairly straightforward. That's just
magnificent. There you go. That is
how you serve out for a set. As
Federer closes in on a 20th Grand
Slam title. Great second set from
Cilic. Has he got two more sets in
him? We will see.
Three fabulous first serves in a
row. That last one, he just
Dangerous moments from Marin Cilic.
-- from Marin Cilic. 30 of these
grand slam finals for Roger Federer.
The next closest in terms of total
finals, Nadal, 23. Djokovic at 21.
They are an amazing generation,
this. And Federer has been out there
winning these major championships
for 15 years.
for 15 years. Cilic has also made a
fantastic contribution, winning the
US Open, a Wimbledon final and now a
final in Australia. But he is in
danger here. That is a very strong
return. Cilic not able to find the
touch. And Federer pushes ahead. And
Cilic is going to have to find a way
to break. Not easy.
to break. Not easy. One of the
highlights for the UK audience in
this tournament has been the run to
the semifinal of Kyle Edmund. One of
the things you could look at with
Roger Federer, when you think about
Kyle's game going forward, are those
chip returns on the wings. Federer
has made a career of making it
difficult for opponents by making
them play the ball.
them play the ball.
Come fit! What
sort of game are you playing? He
doesn't belong on this planet. --
come off eight!
One with which we
are not familiar, to coin a Jack
Nicholas phrase. -- Jack Nicklaus.
Again, that flick. It is just
amazing. 84 -- 81% first serves.
That is just amazing.
The body serve just to throw
something different in. We haven't
seen too many of those. Federer is
like, why not?
That is why you don't want to be
serving second serves to Cilic.
Federer will have clocked that.
So, Federer a break up in the fourth
set and on the verge of a 20th grand
slam title. Would Cilic have
There was a lovely moment a few days
ago, I think it was after the Thomas
Berdych match, Federer did the
interview on court. There was a
veterans' match coming out
afterwards. Featuring Mark
Philippoussis, whom he beat in the
Wimbledon final back in 1993. He
could be playing in the over 35 is!
-- over 35s!
-- over 35s! 29 years old, and
Cilic. The only man on the 30 to
make a grand slam final last year.
-- under 30.
-- under 30. Tremendous Cilic.
was a good response. Good return.
That one. It. Directed -- that one
was at full stretch.
This is a surprising game.
Amazing. I never expected that.
first break of serve for Marin
A point away from being
double break down in this set. You
think the match is over and now he
has broken back. A gutsy effort.
Two hours and 14 minutes played. In
a few seconds it would be officially
the longest match that Federer has
been involved in, and the most
difficult as well.
A remarkably similar pattern to the
very first break of the match, that
very one sided first set. Cilic is
not able to take one out of the air.
So coming that time. That was brave.
That is a tremendous passage of play
from Marin Cilic. A break and then a
hold. 4-3 to him in the fourth set.
How would Marin Cilic respond in
this grand slam final? We saw a bit
of a meltdown at Wimbledon last
year. Magnificently, is the answer.
Especially after that first set,
which was over in a flash. It was
all Federer. And now I wonder? Two
straight games for Cilic. He has got
the forward tilt of the head. He
looks quite menacing down there.
ground strokes have been very
menacing in this set.
What a shot. The wingspan he has,
that stretch. Hit with power. Look
Yes, right at you!
He caught that one laid. Just off
balance. You don't see that very
often with Federer.
Oh! Everybody thought that was going
out. Cilic didn't. That forehand
crosscourt that dipped under the
line. He may have a look at the
replay in this rather Labour arena.
-- Rod Labour arena.
That is wide. He wasn't going to
push it, was he?
No. Quite rightly
so. He has to go for it. He pulled
that one wide. He has to be
aggressive every time he has a
chance to get that first strike in.
Brilliant! Point of the match.
The variation from Federer in that
rally, but he just couldn't push
Cilic out of it. He stayed in that
rally, one chance, a sledgehammer of
What a time to go for that.
serve ace. Ace number 20. As he
pursues grand slam title number 20.
Only Margaret Court and Steffi Graf,
Serena Williams, have won more.
UMPIRE: the ball was called out.
Does he face another break point? He
lost his last service game. It is
always dangerous calling a Federer
ground shot out. That is out. It is
UMPIRE: Federer has one challenge
That is so good! I mean, he was
brilliant back in 2014 in dismissing
Nishikori and Federer to win his
grand slam title at the U.S. Open.
But I think easy -- hitting the ball
even better now. Look where he is
playing it from.
He has had no
choice. After that first said he has
changed his game around, become far
more aggressive, taken the ball on.
Got closer inside to the court. He
is flicking balls. Not letting the
ball play him. He is going after it.
Fantastic performance by Cilic.
On par Cilic is challenging the
The first serve percentage in this
set alone, 74%.
50% it was in the
last set. There is an improvement
Federer down at just 36% first
That was 80% in the last
It is often the greatest
indicator. Brilliant tennis to go
along with those serving numbers.
Is he playing well?!
What a turnaround this is. It is
hard to believe when you see the
scoreline now from where he was in
this set. Three set points. Amazing.
Superb. Marin Cilic, from a break
down in the fourth set, has taken
fourth. We are off to a decider for
a second year in a row. The
Australian Open has a fifth set to
decide the championship.
Federer so close to taking control
of the fourth set and going a double
break up. Cilic fighting back to
take it 6-3. Now a decider. Federer
with a change of shirt. He went off
the court. It was so different last
year, his run to the final of the
Australian Open. Against Nishikori
and Stan Wawrinka he won five. And
then against Nadal in the final. All
of that after six months away from
the game. He didn't lose a set
coming into this final. He has lost
a couple here.
Cilic continues to bludgeon the ball
and show this great spirit.
fourth set he hit 13 winners to
Federer's six. You can just see what
his plan was. I'm going to go
outside my zone and I am going to go
for it. A lot more than he has done
in probably any other match.
in probably any other match. Plus,
it doesn't do any harm when you
serve 73% first serves in the last
set as well. Federer down in the
What a forehand from Federer. The
defence. He is on the edge, isn't
How deeply Cilic hit that shot
there. It dips at the last minute.
It just stays in. Staring at a break
It is taking chances. Cilic is
taking chances every single rally.
Federer has lost his last couple of
service games. I don't have the
statistic that says the last time he
lost three service games in a row.
Maybe it never happened!
What a second serve! You do not ease
your way into a fifth set, it is all
out there now. I suspect she knows
exactly where her husband... He is
hanging by a thread, I think.
Where has he got this extra power
from? We did not see this in the
first set were Federer's strikes
seem to be ten miles an hour faster
than Cilic's. Now it is reversed.
Now we are talking!
Yeah, all kind of smooth and sweet
looking on the outside, wild animal
on the inside.
Could be a bit of a bark if he wins
this, as a message. Two break points
he has faced, he has not held for a
good 20, 25 minutes.
Oh, boy. It is a challenge. Federer
played for the big top-spin short,
crosscourt. Right underneath the
umpire. Oh, man, what a backhand!
Awesome game. Both players. Some
people are on their feet. Excellent.
This is so good,
That backhand, go and try
that one. The onslaught, the barrage
from Cilic in that game...
from Cilic in that game... OK, and
settle. So much for 25 seconds.
Federer is challenging the
call. The ball was called in.
can't football get this right?
Tennis has gained so much from this
and so many other sports have as
well. We want the right calls. Look
at the replay, move on.
at the replay, move on. Getting a
little testy towards the line judge.
He was in the rally. He is
still going to be in the rally now,
second serve, but...
Did not do it
on purpose, the linesman.
on purpose, the linesman. I just
think it illustrates where he is at
the moment, stressed.
That much was
almost over in the beginning parts
of the fourth, Federer totally in
control, it looked like. He knows he
is playing against a player that is
inspired at the moment too. Risky.
One set shoot out.
The Federer presence, he know he
will come in on the second serve,
not coming in, but stepping well
inside the baseline. Just went for a
little bit too much.
Lost to Dan Evans 12 months ago,
That was in the second round.
Defending champion, of course, Roger
Federer. Rankings wise, Cilic will
go to number three, whatever
happens. Federer will stay at two,
behind Nadal at one.
Confederate is challenging
I thought that was close,
very close. -- federate is
challenging the call. He has served
one double in this game. Yeah.
He will be disappointed, Cilic.
Played so well. That game was one of
the worst service games he has
played for a long while. Two double
SUE BARKER: Federer at the early
break in the deciding fifth set. Can
Cilic comeback? We rejoin the match
at 4-1 with Cilic to serve.
Real danger now for Cilic. Federer
weathered the storm in the first
game. As Cilic try to go three
breaks in a row. He was on top.
Momentum has shifted.
That is a 6-point winning streak
foot Federer snapped with these new
balls. -- for Federer.
Mr Cilic is challenging the
Might as well challenge. But
the call was confirmed by the
umpire, right under his nose. Looks
to be two break points for Roger
Federer as he tries to see all this
deal. Yes. -- sealed the deal. This
Just seen it so many times. Three
hours up, gruelling match, Cilic
succumbing in this fifth of the
willpower, the support, the shots.
Could have been so different. Not 25
minutes ago, could have been totally
Can't believe he has done it again.
I sometimes wonder if he amazes
himself. Grand Slam title number 20.
That is the challenge. What is Cilic
doing? Let us have a look. Delay the
inevitable. It is good.
not challenge it?
I suspect it is easier to go on
holiday with Roger Federer than to
play against him.
That is for sure.
Never seen anything like this with
this man on the court. He is beyond
Absolutely the star of the
show throughout the tournament, it
was sad Rafa Nadal who will remain
world number one succumbing to
injuries against today's finalist,
Marin Cilic, in the quarterfinal. He
played a wonderful tournament,
Cilic. Cilic, -- Federer, record
equalling sixth. He joins Roy
Emerson and Novak Djokovic. Only
Nadal has ever beaten him in an
Australian Open final. Magnificent
to watch. It is title number 96. He
He has now won a
He has now won a
record equalling sixth Australian
Open title and as we have heard, in
the process, he has become the first
man to win an astonishing 20 Grand
Our champion for 2018, Roger
Winning is just an absolute dream
come true, the fairy tale continues
for us, for me.
After the great year I had last
year, it is incredible.
Of course, I would like to thank
Marin, and other great tournament,
congratulations on world number
three, a hell of an achievement,
keep going with what you are doing
and you can achieve more.
My team, I love you guys. Thank you.
Roger, I think you know what you
mean to everyone here in Australia
and we know how special it is with
Rod Laver taking a selfie of this
Ladies and gentlemen, what a humble
and worthy and deserving champion
and we congratulate 20 time Grand
Slam champion Roger Federer.
Sue -- SUE BARKER: This man is loved
around the world and I think
everyone is amazed at at the age of
36, he is getting better and better.
Andrew and John are with me in the
Have you ever heard an
ovation like that? He could have
stayed there forever. The 127 100
and other people in the drawer who
need to be crying, not Roger. -- the
127 other people in the draw.
Imagine when he announces he is not
playing any more... The way he goes
about his business, that outpouring,
some people will be surprised that
on the occasion of his 20th Grand
Slam victory, he is still... It is
the depths you have to go to to win
these things and that is probably
the most remarkable thing, despite
his amazing tennis, he can keep on
doing it, he keeps on wanting to go
through this, and that is fantastic.
Normally he only cries that your
That should be emotional.
It shows they're matters. It was not
your questioning! A charming moment
and it shows what it means. You can
see... Mirka, if she is up and
going, come on, Roger, he is hanging
by a thread.
You got me thinking,
maybe it was the questions! He is
loved around the world and everyone
wants to see the great champion and
it is wonderful in Melbourne have
everyone stays on to see him with
Yeah. What I loved about
it, he is still surprising himself,
that is what is so fun, when you see
his reactions, because he can't or
must believe he is doing it himself.
He doesn't take himself granted. It
is a challenge all the time. Such a
special man. Every time you see him,
you think, will this be the last
He could go on forever. In
Melbourne, you can watch it, all of
these people outside have a ground
pass, parading with a trophy,
attendance, of all the four Grand
Slams, each magical, each of the
cities have as different
relationship with their own Grand
Slam, this is in the heart of the
city, it has grown so much since we
were playing there.
They love the
750,000 people have turned
It was a great match. You have
to pay tribute to Marin Cilic
because after the first set, I
thought it would be over, but he
produced wonderful tennis, like this
He really went for it. After
the first set, we were thinking,
Wimbledon again. Federer demolished
him in the first set. He thought, I
have got to start threatening him,
and he did, started taking the ball
early, out of his comfort zone, and
he had the belief he could play a
game he is not used to doing. Boy,
he came close, he had chances at the
beginning of the fifth.
of it all pours out for Roger. Just
how much he cares and still cares.
That is right, 36, I was mentioning
in commentary, E came off one match
the other day and Mark Philippoussis
was waiting to play seniors match,
and this is the guy he beat in the
2003 Wimbledon final, it goes on.
They do not want him in the
I was just thinking about
Novak Djokovic, how do you respond
to this? Probably by winning French.
Tough. Roger won his 20th Grand Slam
title today, just 24 hours after
Caroline Wozniacki claimed her
first. After 13 years on the talk
and 43 attempts, she finally won a
major title. Another epic match just
like today. It took its toll on her
opponent, Simona Halep, who needed
medical treatment and she spent a
few hours in hospital being treated
for dehydration afterwards. We wish
her well. At the start of the
tournament, we were disappointed
there was no Andy Murray but guess
what, we had a new British star to
celebrate, 23-year-old Kyle Edmund
who fought his way through to the
his first-ever Grand Slam semifinal.
He put up the world number three en
route, Grigor Dimitrov. -- he put
Absolutely vaporised that
forehand! A big first serve delivers
the opening set for Kyle Edmund.
Yes! 2-1 lead now. This is his. Kyle
Edmund, Grand Slam semifinalist for
the first time in his career!
a wonderful run, wasn't it, John?
Knocking at the door for a while but
he has proved a lot to himself in
In the off-season, it has
been remarkable what he did. He has
improved his return of serve, he
looks so much fitter. Coming to the
net more now. His belief in himself
has changed. I thought he would
maybe make top 30. Now I think he
can be top ten. The other players
now are fearing him, he's dangerous.
We used to talk about the big
forehand, but the big serve now, his
backhand, movement, all improved.
commentator said, fatal roast
bulimic or -- vaporised. He has
changed his service motion a little
bit -- a commentator said,
vaporised. He has a great team
around him. Natural growth and
development, 23, you expect him to
start producing his best tennis now.
The win over Grigor Dimitrov and
Anderson and another, roll on the
Nick Kyrgios and another,
they have not proved themselves, and
now he has, maybe top ten and
There is an
opening in the men's game, Federer
and Nadal, they are in a league of
their own, but he could move up the
And challenging, that would
be exciting. Kyle Edmund will
hopefully be featuring in our tennis
coverage next week. This is what is
coming up on the BBC. The world
indoor Bowls Championships follows
this programme on BBC Two. Live
coverage of the singles final. Later
on, Ski Sunday at 5:15pm. Davis Cup
tennis next week, Spain against
Britain in Marc Day bulimic or --
Marbella. It was not long ago that
this competition gave us one of our
proudest moments. Never thought you
would see the day again
proudest moments. Never thought you
would see the day again. Stepping up
again for his country.
have won and they have inched Great
Britain closer. Two number ones
squaring off. One set away from more
tennis history. Great Britain have
done it in the most spectacular
The Davis Cup is on its way
back. That is a final we will never
forget, that was on clay, this is on
clay next week against Spain.
Andrew, looking about, but tall
order, no Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund
hopefully fit enough to travel.
have a shot at the doubles if Kyle
Edmund is fit. Someone will have to
step back at number two. Maybe Liam
Brody. Frankly, we are probably long
second favourites for that, it has
to be said. But Smith will give it a
great shot. We hope we can expect to
see Kyle Edmund play and play well.
You have been Davis Cup captain,
sometimes you have to throw in the
younger players and give them a
chance and see how they go.
Cup is a strange thing. Some players
play above their rankings on some
play below. If Cameron gets a
chance, maybe he will play better
than we have seen so far and step
up. It will be tough. We are
favourites in the doubles. The other
four away on clay against Spain will
What a choice they have,
Spain. No Rafa Nadal.
Spain. No Rafa Nadal.
You have got
David Ferrer, French Open
finalist... It is not going to be...
We're just glad it is not an
eight-man team, then they would have
even more of an advantage. Great
experience and we hope Kyle Edmund
is fit to play because we need a
We certainly do. We have
had a great tournament, two great
The woman's final was just
superb and am glad Simona Halep was
OK after being on the drip for a
bit. That is why the roof was
closed, not a conspiracy.
saw Roger Federer making history
again, 20th Grand Slam title, 20 and
counting, simply superb, goodbye.
wonder if Marin Cilic can do
anything to stop this wave of
brilliance from Federer?
brilliance from Federer? First
blood, Federer. The first set
anybody has taken off Roger. That is
just magnificent. That is how you
serve out for a set, 2-1. Point of
the match. Marin Cilic has taken the
fourth. Awesome game. Cilic
succumbing in this fifth. It is a
record equalling sixth Australian
men's singles title.
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.