The 35-year-old Swiss won 6-4 3 6-1 3 6-3 to claim his fifth Melbourne title and broaden his lead at the highest point of the record-breaking men’s real victors’ rundown.
30-year-old Nadal stays tied in second with Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slams taking after his first last since 2014.
Federer’s past real title came at Wimbledon in 2012.
His accomplishment in closure that dry spell is all the more surprising given this was his first competition since Wimbledon last July.
He had taken the second 50% of the season off to recoup from a knee damage.
Federer turns into the main man in history to win at least five titles at three distinctive Grand Slam occasions — five Australian Opens, five US Opens, seven Wimbledons.
Nadal was likewise in transit once more from wounds which abridged his 2016 season, however the Spaniard couldn’t enhance his triumphant record against Federer.
The Swiss has now won 12 of their 35 matches and three of nine noteworthy finals.