Roger Federer over the weekend cemented his reputation as the greatest player to ever play lawn tennis.
He became the first man to win Wimbledon a record eight times. He also became the oldest man in the Open era to win at the All England Club.
The Swiss who turns 36 next month beat Croatia’s Marin Cilic, who struggled with a blister on his left foot, 6-3 6-1 6-4 to extend his record to 19 Grand Slam titles. He completed the amazing feat without dropping a single set, being the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to do so.
Roger Federer now surpasses Pete Sampras and William Renshaw on the Wimbledon titles list, with only Martina Navratilova still ahead with nine titles.
“It is very special to win eight titles,” said Federer.
“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. And number 8 obviously means a lot to me because to be part of Wimbledon history is truly amazing.”
Roger Federer was rarely troubled over the course of the tournament. Cilic’s injury in the final made it an even easier path for the Swiss master who commiserated with the 28-year-old.
“It is cruel sometimes,” Federer said of Cilic’s foot injury.
“But Marin fought well and is a hero, so congratulations on a wonderful tournament.”
Cilic took a medical time-out before the start of the third set as a retirement looked inevitable. It would have been the first time since 1911 in a men’s singles final.
The Croatian, however, struggled on while Federer probed for the break to make history.
“I never give up in a match. I gave it my best – it’s all I can do,” Cilic said afterward.
Three time Wimbledon champion, Boris Becker said:
“We can’t emphasize enough all the records Federer has broken, and with tough competition.”
“Everybody is younger than him and he finds the way to win easily, and do it consistently on every surface, apart from clay. It’s just impossible to fathom. You think, where is he going to go now? Will it be 20 Grand Slams at the US Open?”
Most Successful Men In Wimbledon Men’s Singles History
8 – Roger Federer
7 – William Renshaw, Pete Sampras
5 – Bjorn Borg, Laurence Doherty
4 – Reggie Doherty, Rod Laver, Anthony Wilding
3 – Wilfred Baddeley, Boris Becker, Novak Djokovic, Arthur Gore, John McEnroe, John Newcombe, Fred Perry, Bill Tilden