Australian Open champion Roger Federer says he is quite excited to have ended his long wait for an open trophy.
The Swiss tennis star has not won a Grand Slam title in over four years and is happy to win despite just returning from injury.
Federer has not played for six months, and was seeded 17th at Melbourne. He beat Nadal in five sets, winning 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3.
Federer has now won 18 Grand Slams, four more than any other male player, but said: “That’s the smallest part, to be honest.
“For me it’s all about the comeback, about an epic match with Rafa again.
“Doing it here in Australia, that I can still do it at my age, after not having won a slam for almost five years. That’s what I see.
“The last problem is the slam count. Honestly, it doesn’t matter.”
“We go furthest back, you know,” said the Swiss maestro.
“Rafa definitely has been very particular in my career, I think he made me a better player.
“The way his game stacks up with me, it’s a tricky one. It remains for me the ultimate challenge to play against him so it’s definitely very special.
“I haven’t beaten him in a Grand Slam final for a long, long time. Now I was able to do it again.”
It was a first Grand Slam victory for Federer since 2012 [three defeats in finals since then] and he compared it to his long wait for a first win at the French Open.
“I think this one will take more time to sink in,” he said when asked to compare the win to previous Grand Slam triumphs.
“When I go back to Switzerland, I’ll think, ‘Wow!’.
“The magnitude of this match is going to feel different. I can’t compare this one to any other one, except for maybe the French Open in 2009.
“I waited for the French Open. I tried, I fought, I tried again and failed. Eventually, I made it. This feels similar.
“We’re going to be partying like rock stars tonight, I can tell you that.”