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Australian Open: Federer keeps his cool as heat of battle is fierce around him | Kevin Mitchell

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki withstood the intense heat which affected so many players at the Australian Open

This turbulent Australian Open has been about longevity, endurance and iced towels, three of the defining features of the modern game.

The wonder of Roger Federer’s victory against the 29-year-old Marin Cilic on Sunday was not just that it gave him his 20th major in a record 30th slam final, but that the 36?year?old Swiss fashioned a fortnight of such sweet perfection to get there, spending less than 11 hours on court while his younger rivals laboured in the killing heat for much longer. Cilic clocked up 17hr 3min en route. At the end it showed.

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