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
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:
Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg
Roger’s defense against Cilic’s big crosscourt forehands tonight has been extraordinary. Handling the pace so, so well. #AusOpen2018-1-28 09:37:32
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:
Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK
Number 20! 🏆 Federer is the winner of the 2018 #AusOpen https://t.co/WAXUrckSdg2018-1-28 11:42:41
"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:
Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK
Wonderful Wozniacki! 🌟 #AusOpen https://t.co/CeitGV1KfQ2018-1-27 11:24:54
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:
Serena Williams @serenawilliams
I got too nervous to watch but woke up to @CaroWozniacki new number one and aussie open champ. So awesome. So happy. Are those tears? Yup they are. 😭 from a year ago to today I'm so proud my friend so proud. Literally can't even sleep now2018-1-27 12:20:24
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.