Australian Open Men’s Championship – Federer’s 20th Major Title – Added to ESPNEWS Tonight


Australian Open Men’s Championship – Federer’s 20th Major Title – Added to ESPNEWS Tonight

  • Victory over Cilic to be Aired in its Entirety at 8 p.m. ET

This morning’s historic Australian Open men’s championship – Roger Federer’s 20th Major title – has been added to the ESPNEWS schedule tonight at 8 p.m. ET.  The four-hour telecast will include the entire match.  Federer, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 6 Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in Melbourne and seen live on ESPN (and on ESPN2 at 10 a.m.).  ESPNEWS is also available via the ESPN app.

The match was called by Chris Fowler in the court-level bunker of Rod Laver Arena with the Brothers McEnroe – John and Patrick.  Brad Gilbert reported from courtside.  The telecast will include a post-match interview on the ESPN set with Federer by host Chris McKendry and analysts Gilbert and Jason Goodall.

Federer, 36, extended his record for Major championships among men with the win; Rafael Nadal is next with 16.  The win comes nearly 15 years after the first Major crown for the Swiss, Wimbledon in 2003.  He is now tied for the most Australian Open titles, 6, with Novak Djokovic and Australian legend Roy Emerson.

ESPN aired more than 100 live hours of the Australian Open on its networks, with first-ball-to-last-ball coverage.  Every match of the tournament was available live and on demand on the ESPN app.




Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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