Federer routs Murray for 16th Grand Slam title
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.”