Jack Nicklaus congratulates Federer on joining the club with 18th grand slam win

Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in five sets in a thrilling Australian Open final on Sunday to grab his 18th grand slam win. It was Federer's first since Wimbledon 2012 and his first against Nadal in a non-Wimbledon final. With the win, Federer of course ties Jack Nicklaus' 18 major wins in golf.

Federer is now four clear of Pete Sampras and Nadal, both of whom have the same number of majors as Tiger Woods (14). The comparisons don't stop there. Nicklaus won his 18th six years after his 17th. Federer has gone five years between slam wins. Who knows if it will be his last, but if it is, it was certainly special.

Nicklaus congratulated Federer on the big win on Twitter.

Another guy who knows a thing or two about winning majors weighed in as well.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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