Cricketers join the Tennis madness as Roger Federer wins Australian Open

Cricketers join the Tennis madness as Roger Federer wins Australian Open

Sachin Tendulkar
Former Indian cricketer and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Hindustan Times)

At the age of 35, Roger Federer became the second oldest tennis player in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam since 37-year-old Ken Rosewall, who achieved the feat at 1972 Australian Open. Federer beat classic rival and legendary tennis star Rafael Nadal in 5 sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-1 3-6, 6-3). The Swiss man had spent six months off the road as he recovered from a knee injury last year. This is the legend’s 18th Grand Slam win.

The duo- Rafael Nadal and Federer has 31 Grand Slams between them. The last time both of them met at the center court was back in 2011 during the French Open. Nadal got the better of Federer by winning in 4 sets. Twitterati couldn’t just keep calm as everyone including the cricketers joined the wagon.

Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel was mesmerized by Nadal’s speech at the end while Australian batsman Ed Cowan believes his chatter-box cannot take any more emotions. Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin saw the funny side to it, whereas David Warner who was present at the Melbourne stadium felt absolutely blessed to have watched the game live.

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Many praised Roger for his timeless class and putting up such an effort at 35, while others had a word of pride for the Spaniard. English cricketer Jonny Bairstow and West Indies paceman Jason Holder too enjoyed the setting to their best ability.

The match was fiercely fought but both the players continue to hold each other in high regards and praised each other for their efforts in the last few years as Federer the 35-year-old and Nadal who is 30 have both struggled with injuries of late and have had to fight hard to get back to the court.

Here are some of the best tweets: