Numbers game: Federer’s first-set record, Nadal’s ninth-seed curse

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Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to win his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday, picking up a record 18th Grand Slam and his first since winning Wimbledon in 2012.

Here are some of the key stats from the match:

*This is the seventh time Roger Federer has gone to five sets in a Grand Slam final, the most in tennis history, breaking a tie with Bjorn Borg and Bill Tilden. Federer was 2-4 the previous six times he’d gone to five sets in a final.

*Playing in his 100th match at the Australian Open, Federer is the first male player to win five titles at three different Slams. He has also won the US Open five times and Wimbledon seven times.

*With the win, Federer, 35, is now the oldest man to win a major since Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open at the age of 37.

*Federer’s run to the title is similar to Pete Sampras’ win in the 2002 US Open final over Andre

Article source: http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/18577561/roger-federer-first-set-record-rafael-nadal-ninth-seed-curse-australian-open-final

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