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

It was 33 years at ESPN for me as of November 2019 (the only job I’ve ever had) after joining merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at a robust $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 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 and Indy 500; Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, in addition to overseeing the Fan Relations, Archives and, my main areas are tennis, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including ESPN’s history and growth.
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