Roger Federer sealed an emotional 18th Grand Slam title against Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer had never beaten Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam final outside of Wimbledon but twice went a set up before the Spaniard forced a decisive fifth set.
But his Swiss opponent came from a break down to take the set 6-3 and win his fifth Australian Open title.
It was the 35th meeting between the two legendary players and only the 12th time Federer had triumphed.
Roger Federer wins 18th Grand Slam title beating Rafa Nadal in Australian Open
Sun, January 29, 2017
Roger Federer has won his 18th Grand Slam title after beating Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open
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Roger Federer has won his 18th Grand Slam title
However, he claimed that he wouldn't have minded if Nadal had managed to hang on in the final set.
"I'm happy for you and I would have been happy to lose to be honest," Federer said.
"My comeback was perfect as it was.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played out one of the great Australian Open finals
"Tennis is a tough sport.
"There are no draws but if there was going to be one, I would have been happy to accept a draw tonight and share it with Rafa."
Federer himself might not have been playing in Melbourne having missed the second half of 2016 with a knee injury.
But he did not want to shine a light in his remarkable return to competitive action.
"Everybody says they work very hard," Federer added.
"I did the same. I really try not to shout about because we've got some serious legends and the toughest guys in the game here tonight.
Roger Federer sealed an emotional victory after six months out of tennis
"But I'd like to thank my team because it's been a different last six months.
"I wasn't sure if I was going to make it here but here I am and I'd like to thank you guys."