Roger Federer brushed aside the challenge of Marin Cilic to land a record eighth Wimbledon men’s singles title. The Swiss won the first set 6-3.
Surprisingly though, Cilic managed to recover and took the fourth game of the second set to give himself brief hope – before Federer romped to seal the set 6-1. The big serving Croatian even cried after the first set as he received medical attention though continued to play through the pain barrier.
IST: Roger Federer breaks Marin Cilic early in the second set to lead 2-0.
The Swiss ace is yet to drop a set at Wimbledon and is into his 11th final at the All England Club. He defended the title for the next four years till 2007. He didn’t lose a single set during this year’s tournament, becoming only the second player since Bjorn Borg to do so during the Open era (when professional tennis players were allowed to compete versus amateurs), which began in 1968.
The previous oldest man to win the UK’s premier tennis tournament was was 31-year-old American Arthur Ashe in 1975.
The 2015 US Open champion, said: “It was just a feeling that I knew that I could not give my best on the court, that I could not give my best game and my best tennis”.
Prior to the men’s final on Sunday, Garbine Muguruza was asked who she’d like to dance with at the party. “I’ve had an awesome journey here and played the best tennis of my life”.
The interesting wrinkle to his 2017 Wimbledon experience is that he didn’t have to play any of his rivals to win it all on grass. He has now won a total of 19 Grand Slams in his career.
3 – Federer becomes the new world number three, and with no points to defend in the rest of the year he is perfectly placed to climb to number one.
I’ve written about him before and I am more than happy to write about him again.