Roger Federer became the greatest player to grace his sport on Sunday, winning a record eighth Wimbledon title with a straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic who dramatically broke down in tears midway through the final.
Federer, a great Wimbledon favorite since winning his first title in 2003, bagged his 19th Grand Slam title one month before his 36th birthday with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 procession. The win pushes the tennis player past both big-serving American “Pistol” Pete Sampras and the Victorian-era great William Renshaw, who both had seven Wimbledon titles, for the most men’s titles at the grass-court major. It also confirms him as the first to win Wimbledon without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg in 1976.
“It is very special to win eight titles,” Federer said, per The Guardian. “Wimbledon was always my favorite tournament, and will always be my favorite tournament.”
“My heroes walked the grounds here. Because of them, I think I became a better player, too,” he continued. “And No8 obviously means a lot to me because to be part of Wimbledon history is truly amazing.”
He hopes to come back next year to defend his title.
Cilic and the emotional toll of playing in the Wimbledon final
According to The Australian, Roger Federer’s opponent, Cilic, have come into the match with an injury. He had a huge blister on his foot from his semi-final against Sam Querrey that he said had limited his lateral movement. He took some anti-inflammatories and received treatment on his injured foot but couldn’t counter the Swiss player’s power.
During a changeover, Cilic was seen sobbing in his chair as his physician and trainer attended to him. He later explained that the tears were a result not of the pain but of the realization that he would not be able to perform at his best.
Cilic called the situation “tough,” noting there is “not much possibility that you’re going to win. It’s just fighting it through.” That loss today, obviously, it’s a sad one. It’s a devastating one. But I’m still very proud of myself for everything I did these two weeks. That’s what I’m going to take home with me.”
His loss over the weekend was obviously a sad one. “It’s a devastating one,” he stressed to ESPN. “But I’m still very proud of myself for everything I did these two weeks. That’s what I’m going to take home with me.”
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