The Swiss tennis star etched his name into the record books by becoming the first man to win Wimbledon an impressive eight times with victory over Croatia’s Marin Cilic on Sunday.
By SportBrief Reporter
Roger Federer extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles on his way to claiming a record eighth Wimbledon title as he saw off Marin Cilic in London.
The Swiss third seed won 6-3 6-1 6-4 as seventh seed Cilic struggled with a blister on his left foot and sensationally broke down in tears during the second set.
Federer, 35, finished the contest in one hour and 41 minutes to claim his first Wimbledon title since 2012.
That win makes Federer the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club. And the Swiss was quick to sympathize with his opponent after the win.
“It is cruel sometimes,” Federer said of Cilic’s physical difficulties.
“But Marin fought well and is a hero, so congratulations on a wonderful tournament.”
Federer surpasses Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who won their seventh titles in 2000 and 1889 respectively, with only Marina Navratilova still ahead in terms of Wimbledon singles titles on nine.
He has won two of the three Grand Slam titles so far this year, having returned from a six-month break to win the Australian Open in January.
With 19 major titles he extends his lead over Rafael Nadal in the men’s game to four, and now stands joint-fourth on the all-time list with Helen Wills Moody, five behind Margaret Court on 24.