Will it be ’20 times special’ for Roger Federer after Australian Open final?

Roger Federer heads into the Australian Open final looking for Grand Slam win number 20, something which he admits would be an “amazing” feat.

After seeing off an injured Hyeon Chung in the semi-final, the defending champion will take on Marin Cilic in this year’s final at Melbourne Park.

It all started 15 years ago when he won his first major at Wimbledon in 2003 and he is hoping to add another one to the tally when he appears in his 30th Grand Slam final on Sunday.

“20 times special,” the 36-year-old, who has five Australian Open titles to his name, said. “It would be amazing. I can’t believe how fast now the week has turned out to be. It ain’t just an easy trip to the finals. There’s always a lot of work that goes into it during the tournament, focus, and also preparation beforehand.

“For many weeks and months before, you try to put yourself in the position, are you going to be ready in case a good semi-finals or quarter-finals match at the Australian Open, so forth.

“This is something you sort of plan from a long time ago. That’s why when it does happen, it’s a great feeling. Rewards the hard work in my team. It shows us that we did a lot of things right in the off-season, as well.

“That always gives you confidence, especially moving into the semis and finals when you’re starting to hit the ball very nicely after the first few matches where it’s always a bit more difficult.”

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