Roger Federer bests Rafael Nadal in epic Australian Open final for 18th Grand Slam

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Roger Federer bests Rafael Nadal in epic Australian Open final for 18th Grand Slam

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and Rafael Nadal, the man he beat in a vintage five-set final at the Australian Open final.

It was the 35-year-old Federer's first major title since Wimbledon in 2012, his first in Australia since 2010, and it reversed the status quo against his nemesis, Nadal.

"Against Rafa it's always epic," Federer said after Sunday's 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory. "This one means a lot to me because he's caused me problems over the years."

Federer had lost six of the previous eight Grand Slam finals he'd played against Nadal and was 11-23 in their career meetings. He also hadn't beaten the left-handed Spaniard for a major championship since Wimbledon in 2007.

"It remains for me the ultimate challenge to play against him," Federer said. "It's super sweet, because I haven't beaten him a Grand Slam final for a long time now."

With big wins come big celebrations, Federer said. "We're going to party like rock stars tonight."

Federer had lost three major finals since winnings his 17th, and by winning in Melbourne, he became the oldest man since Ken Rosewall in 1972 to win a slam.

Both players were returning from extended layoffs -- Federer for six months after Wimbledon with an injured left knee; Nadal for a couple of months with an injured left wrist -- and were seeded 17th and ninth, respectively.

"I wasn't sure I was going to make it here but here I am -- we made it," Federer said after accepting the trophy from Australian great Rod Laver. "Tennis is a tough sport, there's no draws. If there was going to be one, I would have been happy to have it tonight and share it with Rafa, really."

After twice coming back from a set down, Nadal was a break up in the fifth until Federer regained control and ultimately became the first man in the Open era to win three of the Grand Slam events at least five times (7 Wimbledon, 5 U.S. Open, 5 Australian Open and 1 French Open title).

Nadal remains equal second with Pete Sampras on the all-time list with 14 -- and none since the 2014 French Open.

After four sets where the momentum alternately swung, the fifth had all the tension and drama that these two players are famous for.

Nadal went up an early break and it seemed as if the injury time-out Federer needed for his right leg in between sets may have been an indicator of things to come.

But the Swiss star rallied, broke back and took control in a period when he won 10 straight points.

Nadal saved three break points in the eighth game but lost momentum again when Federer finished off a 26-shot rally -- the longest of the match -- with a forehand winner down the line.

Federer got the pivotal break later that game for 5-3, but Nadal made him work for the very last point.

Serving for the match, and after saving two break points, Federer was called for a double-fault at deuce. He challenged the out call on his second serve, however, and the call was overturned, allowing him to again regain the tempo.

After hitting a forehand crosscourt winner on his second match point, his celebrations were delayed when Nadal challenged the call. Federer watched the replay, and leaped for joy when it showed his last shot was in. His 100th match at the Australian Open ended with his fifth title at Melbourne Park.

"Congratulation to Roger ... Just amazing, the way he's playing after such a long time of him not being on the tour," Nadal said. "For sure, you have been working a lot to make that happen."

Nadal spent two months recovering from a left wrist injury before heading to Brisbane for a warmup tournament. He had no big expectations in Australia.

"I had some hard time not being able to compete in full condition. ... some injuries, well not new for me," Nadal said. "I fight a lot these two weeks. Today, a great match, probably Roger deserved it a little bit more than me."

No two players had met more often in Grand Slam finals in the Open era, and Nadal had previously dominated. But they hadn't met in a major final in six years.

Three months ago, they were both on breaks when Federer joined Nadal in Mallorca for the opening of the Spaniard's tennis academy and the pair joked about ever being able to contend for majors again.

Yet here they were, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, renewing the classic rivalry that saw them dominate tennis a decade ago.

The long-odds final -- No. 9 against No. 17 -- unfolded after six-time champion Novak Djokovic was upset by No. 117-ranked Denis Istomin in the second round and top-ranked Andy Murray, a five-time losing finalist in Australia, went out in the fourth round to 50th-ranked Mischa Zverev.

Federer beat Zverev in the quarterfinals and U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss semifinal to reach the championship match.

His championship victory capped a remarkable weekend for 30-somethings -- all four singles finalists were 30 or older -- after Serena Williams beat her sister Venus Williams in the women's final to capture her Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam title.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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NBC Sports Philadelphia airs documentary on 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies

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NBC Sports Philadelphia airs documentary on 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies

“World Champions: The Story of the ’08 Phillies” Premieres Sunday at 8 p.m., Additional Content on NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com

Documentary Kicks off Champions Week featuring Phillies, Eagles and Villanova Championship Parade Replays

Philadelphia, PA (JULY 11, 2018) – NBC Sports Philadelphia – home of the Authentic Fan – looks back at the golden age of the Philadelphia Phillies from those who made it happen in “World Champions: The Story of the ’08 Phillies.”  The documentary premieres on Sunday, July 15 at 8 p.m., followed by an airing of the 2008 Phillies World Championship parade. The Philadelphia Eagles Championship Parade, as well as the 2016 and 2018 Villanova parades, cap off Champions Week on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

In “World Champions: The Story of the ’08 Phillies,” the architects of the team shed light on the key decisions that laid the foundation of that 2008 championship roster, and how they added the final pieces to the puzzle. The stars of that era also discuss if they should have won more than one World Series.

Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Charlie Manuel, Pat Burrell, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Brad Lidge, Brett Myers and many others share the inside stories behind the magical moments that we all remember.

“World Champions: The Story of the ’08 Phillies” premieres on Sunday, July 15 at 8 p.m.  Additional replays are listed below:  

Wednesday, July 18 – 7pm on NBCSP
Thursday, July 19 – 8pm on NBCSP+
Friday, July 20 – 11pm on NBCSP+
Saturday, July 21 – 5pm on NBCSP
Sunday, July 22 – 5:30pm & 10pm on NBCSP
Sunday, July 29 – 5:00pm on NBCSP

Fans wanting more on the “World Champions: The Story of the ’08 Phillies” documentary, including a special preview, exclusive videos, stories and podcasts, fans can check out NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. Additional content will be added throughout the viewing schedule.

Champions Week Parades on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Sunday, July 15, 9pm – 2008 Philadelphia Phillies World Championship Parade
Monday, July 16, 8pm – 2017 Eagles Championship Parade
Tuesday, July 17 – 8pm – 2018 Villanova Parade
Tuesday, July 17 – 9:30pm – 2016 Villanova Parade
Wednesday, July 18 – 8pm – 2008 Philadelphia Phillies World Championship Parade

About NBC Sports Philadelphia: 
NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia+
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