Roger Federer withstood a Marin Cilic comeback to successfully defend his Australian Open title and win a 20th grand slam crown.
Cilic recovered from two sets to one and a break down to force a fifth set but Federer proved stronger in the end to win 6-2 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 and join Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson in claiming his sixth title in Melbourne.
The 36-year-old, the second oldest man to win a slam title behind Ken Rosewall, moves four clear again of Rafael Nadal in terms of overall titles and is only three behind Serena Williams and four adrift of all-time record holder Margaret Court.
When Cilic lost the first four games in 12 minutes, it looked like the match might be as one-sided as their Wimbledon final last summer, when struggles with blisters reduced the Croatian to tears.
This was the third time Cilic has been in this position having won the US Open in 2014 but the nerves were obvious as he lined up against a man in his 30th slam final.