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Nadal tops Federer for first Aussie title

Updated: February 2, 2009, 8:05 AM ET
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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal thwarted tennis history on Sunday while opening a new chapter of his own.

Nadal won his sixth Grand Slam tournament and first in Melbourne, keeping Roger Federer from claiming a record-tying 14th major with a five-set triumph at Rod Laver Arena.

Nadal beat Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2 in a nearly four-and-a-half hour match. It lasted well past midnight locally into a simmering Monday morning in this southeast Australian metropolis.

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