"Fedal XXXV" was everything tennis fans around the world could hope for—and then some.
In the end, it was Roger Federer who prevailed in five sets over Rafael Nadal for his 18th Grand Slam singles title, and his first at the Australian Open since 2010.
Tennis players past and present were into the match from start to finish, with many taking to social media to offer their congratulations to Federer for the win and to both for the entertainment.
Alize Cornet was pumped up from the start.
Dominic Thiem had his viewing plans all set.
As did Dominika Cibulkova.
After a few hours of back-and-forth tennis, Federer clinched the title on a forehand winner that wasn’t immediately clear at first. But once it was called in his favor, he could celebrate. Daria Gavrilova was on pins and needles with Federer.
And then the congratulations began to pour in, with Milos Raonic appreciative of both players.
What a great and amazing match to wake up for. Thank you Roger, thank you Rafa. @AustralianOpen— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) January 29, 2017
Former Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka also paid heed to what he just witnessed, with a nod to his countryman.
It’s not as if he needed more fuel for the fire in his own comeback, but Juan Martin del Potro will surely be motivated after this match.
Thank you both, don't you ever quit tennis!! GRANDEEE ROGER So inspiring!!— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) January 29, 2017
Barbora Strycova was truly touched by the victory.
Eugenie Bouchard offered up a little throwback to Wimbledon 2012, the last time Mr. Fashion Plate won a Slam.
The last time Roger won a slam... pic.twitter.com/9ChUgDzsOS— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) January 29, 2017
The legendary Billie Jean King was proud to witness Federer’s efforts.
And Brad Gilbert, in his own indomitable fashion, reminded everyone why Federer and Nadal are a credit to the game.
Fedfan and Vamos-Rafa are what are totally right with sports = they get it— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) January 29, 2017