Result: Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic in Australian Open final for 20th Grand Slam title

Result: Roger Federer wins 20th Grand Slam title
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Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final for his 20th Grand Slam title.

Roger Federer has beaten Marin Cilic in the final of the Australian Open for his 20th Grand Slam title.

The Swiss veteran lost five games in a row as he dropped the fourth set but recovered to win 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3 3-6 6-1 under the Rod Laver Arena roof.

Federer becomes only the fourth player after Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or more major singles titles.

In addition, the 36-year-old joins Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic with six Australian Open singles crowns thanks to his second title in succession in Melbourne.

The match, played with the roof closed and air conditioning due to the extreme heat, began with Federer firing on all cylinders as he sealed the first set in just 24 minutes.

Cilic was a different proposition in the second set, however, taking his opponent to a tie-break before settling it with a composed overhead smash.

Federer was back to his ruthless best in the third set as he dominated proceedings once again and edged back into the advantage with an ace.

The Croatian sixth seed, however, prevailed in the following set to ensure that the match would go the whole distance.

Federer clung on to his serve at the start of the decider and got the key break in the following game to see the set and the match out with ease.

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Roger Federer in action at the Australian Open on January 26, 2017
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