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Switzerland's Roger Federer kisses his trophy after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in a nail-biter to win the Australian Open


Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday, topping Rafael Nadal in the finals 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. 

This marks Federer's fifth Australian Open title and his first major win since Wimbledon in 2012. He'd lost six of the past eight finals he'd played against Nadal and 23 of the past 34 matches against him overall, usually his nemesis on the court. 

Federer, 35, holds the record for most major wins, while Nadal is tied with Pete Sampras for second with 14. His last major win was the 2014 French Open. 

This shows just how dominant Federer has been for more than a decade.

Federer has won three different majors five times.

But he acknowledged Nadal gave him a run for his money.

Observers applauded his sportsmanship.

This lengthy volley shows how close the match got.

Here's his reaction at the moment of victory.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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