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— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 16, 2017
(July 16, 2017)
Roger Federer became the all-time leader for total men’s singles titles at Wimbledon, winning his eighth title on Sunday over Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. The third seed has raised his career total of majors to 19, ahead of Rafael Nadal with 15, Pete Sampras with 14 and Novak Djokovic with 12.
Federer is only the second man to win Wimbledon without dropping a set. The man to do it was Bjorn Borg in 1976.
“It means the world to me to hold this trophy, particularly when I haven’t dropped a set,” said Federer after the match. “It’s magical, I can’t believe it yet. It’s too much, really. It’s disbelief that I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure if I’d be in a final again after last year, especially some tough losses to Novak (Djokovic) in 2014 and 2015. But I kept believing and if you believe you can go a long way in your life. Here I am with an eighth title, it’s fantastic.”
“I always believed that I could maybe come back and do it again. And if you believe, you can go really, really far in your life, and I did that,” Federer said.
Cilic who appeared hampered by an injury and took a medical time out where he openly wept, said he had developed a blister on his left foot during his semifinal match. Cilic beat Federer in the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 2014 and went on to win the title.
“I gave it my best,” said the Croatian. “That’s all I could do.”
Federer took a break and did not play any matches during the clay court season, the rest seemed to pay off.
“I think the break last year was really necessary to reassess and get back to my best,” Federer said.
“You would have laughed if I told you I was going to win two Slams this year,” Federer said in his news conference. “I didn’t believe I would win two.”
Federer captured the Australian Open in January.
The victory will move the Swiss’ ranking up to No. 3 on Monday.
More to follow….