Fed­erer routs Mur­ray for 16th Grand Slam ti­tle

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MEL­BOURNE, Aus­tralia (AP) — Roger Fed­erer ex­pe­ri­enced quite a range of emo­tions th­ese past two Aus­tralian Opens.

A year ago, he sobbed on court af­ter los­ing a thrilling fi­nal in five sets.

Fed­erer was all smiles Sun­day af­ter rather eas­ily beat­ing Andy Mur­ray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) for a fourth cham­pi­onship in Mel­bourne and 16th Grand Slam ti­tle over­all.

“All of a sud­den, it was over, and it hit me,” Fed­erer said. “It was very much a roller-coaster.”

While Mur­ray missed a chance to end a drought for Bri­tish men at Grand Slam tour­na­ments that stretches all the way to 1936, Fed­erer be­came the first Dad to win a ma­jor sin­gles ti­tle since 2003. He also now can aim at a true, cal­en­dar-year Grand Slam, some­thing no man has ac­com­plished since 1969.

“I’m over the moon winning this again,” the 28-year-old Swiss star said. “I played some of my best ten­nis in my life th­ese last two weeks. It’s also very spe­cial — the first Grand Slam as a fa­ther.”

Fed­erer had only re­cently dis­cov­ered he was to be­come the fa­ther of twins when he lost the Aus­tralian Open fi­nal in five wrench­ing sets against ri­val Rafael Nadal last year, then broke down dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion.

This time, Fed­erer was in con­trol of the action pretty much through­out against Mur­ray, and af­ter­ward, it was the 22-year-old from Scot­land whose voice was break­ing and who was chok­ing back tears.

“I can cry like Roger,” Mur­ray said. “It’s just a shame I can’t play like him.”

Fed­erer also cred­ited the likes of Mur­ray and Nadal for help­ing him lift his game.

“I al­ways knew I had it in my hand. The ques­tion is do I have it in my mind and in my legs?” he said. “ That’s some­thing I had to work ex­tremely hard at.”

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