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Nadal beats Federer in epic Australian Open final

Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 7-5 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-2 in an epic five set match to win the Australian Open in Melbourne. The Spaniard is the first player since Andre Agassi to taste success on clay, hardcourt and grass in the same season.

The defeat means that Federer will have to try again in his attempt to top Pete Sampras' record of Grand Slam victories. The world number two just didn't have enough to beat the energy of Nadal.

The victory was even more remarkable considering the fact that Nadal's five hour semi-final victory concluded less than 24-hours before the show down with Federer.

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