BREAKING: Federer Claims Record 8th Wimbledon Title
It was a master class performance from the Swiss master.
Federer defeated injury-hit Marin Cilic, who dramatically broke down in tears midway through the final.
He claimed his 19th Grand Slam title 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 and at 35 is Wimbledon’s oldest men’s winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976.
However, the Swiss superstar’s 11th Wimbledon final, and 29th at the majors, will also be remembered for the moving sight of the popular Cilic breaking down in tears after slipping 3-0 behind in the second set.This victory also broke Federer’s historical tie with William Renshaw and Pete Sampras, who each won Wimbledon seven times.
“I don’t remember what I did back in 2003, to be honest,” he said of his pre-final routine. “The team was much smaller. I didn’t have kids running around, potentially waking me up at night. Today we’ve got to, like, close down the doors, say, ‘Daddy is sleeping.’”
After surprising himself by winning the Australian Open in January, he skipped the clay-court swing and the French Open to better prepare himself for grass and the venerable major tournament that suits his game.