Winner Roger Federer of Switzerland cries as he holds the trophy. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Roger Federer survived a second set "freeze" and an onslaught from Croatia's Marin Cilic to claim a record-equaling sixth Australian Open title on Rod Laver Arena Sunday.Cilic, who suffered a nightmare in last year's Wimbledon final against Federer when blisters wrecked his chances, was not going to let his first Australian Open final slide by in a flash.Despite fighting a lone battle against Federer and most of the crowd, he reeled off five consecutive games to extend the champion into a deciding set.Cilic began to settle but still had to fend off break points in the second set at 1-1, 2-2 and 4-4 .Order was quickly restored as Federer took the third set and, when he had a point for a double break in the fourth, the title beckoned.Cilic will rue the two break points he lost in the first game of the decider – the first with a dreadful forehand and second with a shanked return.
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