Australian Open 2018: Updated Prize Money Payouts from Melbourne

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2018

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28:  Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the 2018 Australian Open Men's Singles Final against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day 14 of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki have received £2.32 million apiece for winning their singles titles at the 2018 Australian Open.

Federer won his 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday, beating Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, a day after Wozniacki picked up her maiden Slam having beaten Simona Halep 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4. 

Cilic and Halep earned £1.16 million for reaching the final.

According to the Telegraph, a total prize pot of £31.8 million has been shared out among the players with the purse having undergone a 10 per cent increase on last year. Here's a breakdown of the payouts by round:

Winner: £2.32 million

Runner-up: £1.16 million

Semi-final: £509,000

Quarter-final: £255,000

Fourth round: £139,000

Third round: £82,000

Second round: £52,000

First Round: £28,900

                                 

Federer won for the sixth time in Melbourne to defend the title he won there last year to kickstart his career renaissance.

The Swiss maestro had won eight of his previous nine meetings with the powerful Croatian, including in the 2017 Wimbledon final, and he often looked in control of the contest despite it going to five sets.

Indeed, Cilic wasn't able to break his serve until the fourth set, and Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times was impressed with his performance:

It was in the fourth the 29-year-old was able to show off the form that propelled him to the final, and he rattled off five games in succession to force the decider.

However, he was unable to sustain that momentum and picked up just one game in the fifth. 

The title was soon Federer's, per Eurosport UK:

"Defending my title from last year, sort of the fairy tale continues," the 36-year-old said, per Sky Sports. "That's what stands out for me, maybe not equalling [Roy] Emerson or Novak [Djokovic]. They had their own unbelievable careers. It's definitely a very special moment in my life again."

Wozniacki's clash with Halep also went the distance as the top two seeds put on a thrilling show at Rod Laver Arena.

The match was perhaps best typified by the penultimate point, with Wozniacki eventually emerging on top after an enthralling rally:

Per the Open's official website, Wozniacki only hit 25 winners to Halep's 40, but she won 110 points overall compared to 108 that went the Romanian's way.

After coming out on top, the Dane earned praise from the best the sport has to offer:

Wozniacki will also return to world No. 1, six years after she last enjoyed such status.

Having broken her duck, the 27-year-old will hope to win more Grand Slams in the future, but after losing three finals, Halep's search continues.

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