Thunder down under: Federer bests Nadal to win fifth Australian Open, 18th major title

MELBOURNE – Five quick thoughts after Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to win the 2017 Australian Open men’s singles title, the 18th major of his career.

• Like fighters leaving the locker rooms for an assignation of combat, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took the court to “walk out” music tonight. Roger Federer chose AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” Rafael Nadal chose Calvin Harris’ chirping “You Are the One Thing in My Way.”

Who knew each had such a thing for symbolism?

​Federer was the Thunder down Under, both tonight and for the entire tournament. Taking advantage of a fast court, taking advantage of some draw breaks (see the upsets of Murray and Djokovic) he played his usual lavish tennis and added some real weapon-ized power. On Sunday night, apart from serving better, he smote 20 winners to Nadal’s four. And down a break in the fifth set, he thundered back

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