Australian Open men's single's champion Roger Federer of Switzerland takes a selfie with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup at Government House in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (Fiona Hamilton/Tennis Australia via AP)
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Australian Open champion Roger Federer is set to continue defying Father Time after announcing he will return to defend his title next year, the Swiss said Monday.The 36-year-old notched up his 20th Grand Slam title and sixth at Melbourne Park Sunday with a 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic, but initially forgot to say whether or not he planned to defend the title.Federer equaled the record of six Australian Open men's titles, held by Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson, and emulated Ken Rosewall's feat of claiming three Grand Slam titles after the age of 35 .Federer said he would make the decision about his schedule after spending some time with family at home in Switzerland, where he hoped the fact he had won the Australian Open title again would finally sink in.
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