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Federer vs Nadal: Didn't want the Australian Open men's final to end, says Sachin Tendulkar

Federer vs Nadal: Didn't want the Australian Open men's final to end, says Sachin Tendulkar

Federer, the 17th seed, hit 73 winners, including 20 aces, and won 76 per cent of his first service points for victory in three hours and 37 minutes.

Australian Open 2017: Roger Federer beats old nemesis Rafael Nadal in epic five-setter to clinch record-extending 18th Grand Slam

Australian Open 2017: Roger Federer beats old nemesis Rafael Nadal in epic five-setter to clinch record-extending 18th Grand Slam

The Swiss marvel also became the oldest man in the post-1968 Open era to win a major final since Australia`s Ken Rosewall at the 1972 Australian Open.

Australian Open: Roger Federer beats compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka in five-setter, advances into sixth final

Australian Open: Roger Federer beats compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka in five-setter, advances into sixth final

Federer`s major-winning days seemed over after first Novak Djokovic and then Andy Murray emerged at the top of the pecking order, but the Swiss legend, 35, has surprised everyone with his run to the final.

Aus Open 2017: Venus Williams fights back to beat CoCo Vandeweghe, advances into second Australian Open final

Aus Open 2017: Venus Williams fights back to beat CoCo Vandeweghe, advances into second Australian Open final

Williams, who last appeared in a Grand Slam final in 2009 (Wimbledon), will now take on the winner of another women's semi-final between her sister Serena Williams and miraculous former prodigy Mirjana Lucic Baroni.

Australian Open: Serena Williams cruises into semi-final with straight sets win over Johanna Konta

Australian Open: Serena Williams cruises into semi-final with straight sets win over Johanna Konta

The American is gunning for a record 23rd Grand Slam title to surpass Steffi Graf and a return of the number one world number ranking.

17' Australian Open: Rafael Nadal downs Alexander Zverev in five-set thriller, stroms into fourth round

17' Australian Open: Rafael Nadal downs Alexander Zverev in five-set thriller, stroms into fourth round

Nadal, was staring at defeat after losing the third set in a tiebreaker but showed his trademark fighting qualities to deny the talented 19-year-old.

Australian Open'17: Serena Williams beats fellow American Nicole Gibbs; marches into fourth round

Australian Open'17: Serena Williams beats fellow American Nicole Gibbs; marches into fourth round

Willliams, hardly got out of first gear against Gibbs, dictating terms from the opening game against a player ranked 92

Australian Open: Heat is on as Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber, other top seeds struggle on opening day

Australian Open: Heat is on as Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber, other top seeds struggle on opening day

Earlier, players draped themselves with towels packed with ice on a sweltering afternoon. Temperatures are set to rise further on Tuesday to a sizzling 38 Celsius.

Australia Open: Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber in the spotlight on day one in Melbourne

Australia Open: Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber in the spotlight on day one in Melbourne

Seeded 17th after six months away from the sport nursing a knee injury, Federer`s first round match against Austrian qualifier Melzer.

Australian Open: Andy Murray aims to end Aussie jinx, Novak Djokovic to continue winning streak

Australian Open: Andy Murray aims to end Aussie jinx, Novak Djokovic to continue winning streak

Andy Murray sets out tomorrow to end a record run of Australian Open final defeats as his great rival Novak Djokovic vies to become the tournament's greatest champion of all-time.

Novak Djokovic: Why the Australian Open champion went home 'barefoot' after final!

Novak Djokovic: Why the Australian Open champion went home 'barefoot' after final!

Djoker left for home barefoot after obliging the fans by giving his shoes.

Novak Djokovic: World No. 1 fears only karma in Grand Slam history quest

Novak Djokovic: World No. 1 fears only karma in Grand Slam history quest

Not only has Djokovic become the first man in nearly 50 years to win six Australian titles, he has also established himself as a class apart from his main rivals: Murray, Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Australian Open 2016: Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray – WATCH COMPLETE HIGHLIGHTS

Australian Open 2016: Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray – WATCH COMPLETE HIGHLIGHTS

Djokovic took just under three hours to claim his 11th Grand Slam title with which he also equaled Aussie legend Roy Emerson's record haul of six titles at Rod Laver Arena.

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic defeats Andy Murray to equal Roy Emerson's record of six titles

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic defeats Andy Murray to equal Roy Emerson's record of six titles

Djokovic took just under three hours to claim his 11th Grand Slam title and join Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg on the all-time list - and inch closer to Roger Federer's record of 17.

Australian Open, Men's Final: Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray - As it happened...

Australian Open, Men's Final: Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray - As it happened...

Follow live score and latest updates as we bring you minute-by-minute coverage of the grand finale.

Plaudits for gracious Serena Williams after Australian Open defeat to Angelique Kerber

Plaudits for gracious Serena Williams after Australian Open defeat to Angelique Kerber

If I couldn`t win, I`m happy she did, Serena said after the match.

Andy Murray defuses big serving Milos Raonic, sets up third Australian Open final with Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray defuses big serving Milos Raonic, sets up third Australian Open final with Novak Djokovic

Murray and Djokovic have previously played the Australian Open final three times, in 2011, 2013 and 2015; each time the Serbian getting better of the Scot.

Five interesting facts ahead of Serena Williams' historic Australian Open final appearance

Five interesting facts ahead of Serena Williams' historic Australian Open final appearance

The 34-year-old believes her game is now on another level.

Playing over 100 matches with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal made me a better player: Novak Djokovic

Playing over 100 matches with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal made me a better player: Novak Djokovic

The Serb, who has often praised Federer and Rafael Nadal, once again credited both the legends for his success.