Nadal became the first Spanish man to win the Australian Open, beating Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2 in a momentum-swinging, 4-hour, 22-minute final that finished just after midnight on Sunday.
Federer, trying to equal Sampras’ record, sobbed at the trophy presentation. “Maybe I’ll try later. God, it’s killing me,” Federer said, crying. He returned to congratulate Nadal within minutes, saying: “You deserved it. You played a fantastic final.”