Roger Federer and his Record-Breaking Win at the Australian Open

Longtime tennis rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal faced off during an exciting final at the 2017 Australian Open yesterday. Much like the matchup of Venus and Serena Williams, the match, which lasted for five nail-biting sets, was an unexpected throwback in the tennis world, which had gotten used to seeing players like Djokovic and Andy Murray dominating the Grand Slam finals.

It’s never just been Roger Federer’s on-court ability that has given him the edge over so many of his counterparts. Rather it’s his class and grace off the court, both in victory and defeat, which sets him apart from so many others.

And in classic Federer fashion, he illustrated all those qualities once again on Sunday. After a hard-fought, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Rafa Nadal to capture his first Slam in five years (and his 18th overall), he spent a moment during his post-match interview

"Tennis is a tough sport, there's no draws but if there was I'd be happy to share it with Rafa tonight."

"Keep playing Rafa please. Tennis needs you. Keep doing everything you do."

“I would have been happy to lose, too, to be honest. The comeback was perfect as it was,”...“Tennis is a tough sport. There are no draws, but if there was going to be one I would have been very happy to accept a draw tonight and share it with Rafa.”

Thank you Roger for an amazing final!

Or how people say in Switzerland:

"Danke & Merci"

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