In a stunning match befitting of the occasion, Roger Federer defeated long-time rival Rafael Nadal to win Australian Open 2017, his 18th major title. The 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 victory handed Federer his first major title in four-and-a-half years.
The win also gave Federer his first win over Nadal at a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon 2007, and was his first-ever victory over the Spaniard in Australia. In one of the most highly-anticipated Grand Slam finals in history, Federer's victory looked unlikely when Nadal broke serve in the opening game of the fifth set and built a 3-1 lead.
But when Federer's shotmaking lifted to a new level against an increasingly dispirited Nadal, the Swiss reeled off four games in a row to achieve perhaps the most gratifying title of his storied career.