Roger Federer wins Record 8th Wimbledon Title

Roger Federer wins Record 8th Wimbledon Title
Fed kisses the trophy for a staggering eighth time. Image: Guardian

Roger Federer has won a record eighth Wimbledon title after destroying suffering Croat Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 on Sunday, five years after landing his seventh.

It was a first Wimbledon title for the Swiss great in five years as he extends his Grand Slam haul to a staggering 19, four clear of closest rival, Rafael Nadal.

Third seeded Federer glided to the title without dropping a single set, and he reduced Cilic to tears with a dazzling array of winners at a rocking Centre Court.

Sunday’s victory, in one hour and 41 minutes, also makes him the oldest man in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon title at 35.

Fed dazzled with an array of winners

It was a similar masterful performance to his semifinal display against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, and despite early resistance from the Croatian seventh seed, it became a no-contest after Federer broke in the fifth game.

“I’m feeling great,” a delighted Federer said.

“The tournament I’ve played, not dropping a set, it’s magical. It’s too much. It’s belief that I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be here after last year. I had some tough ones, losing to Novak. I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today with the eighth. It’s fantastic.”

“I hope I can come back next year to try to defend the title.”

The victory, Federer’s second major win this year after he claimed the Australian Open, takes him up to no 3 on the rankings, edging out French Open runner-up, Stan Wawrinka from the top four.

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