Roger Federer successfully defended his Australian Open crown to land a record-equalling sixth title in Melbourne and collect a landmark 20th Grand Slam of his career with a five-set victory against Marin Cilic on Sunday.
Federer, playing in his 30th Slam final, was pushed all the way by Cilic but came through a riveting contest 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 in three hours and three minutes.
"I'm so happy, it's unbelievable. It's a dream come true and the fairytale continues," an emotional Federer said during his on-court presentation.
"It's been a long time waiting for this final. It's easier in the afternoon, but when it's at night you think about it all day. I'm happy it's over now. After the year I had last year, it's incredible."