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Roger Federer Wins 8th Winbledon Title

Roger Federer for the eight time in his career is the Wimbledon champion, defeating Marvin Cilic 6-3,6-1,6-4 in Sunday’s final. The win moves Federer past both William Renshaw and Pete Sampras for the most Wimbledon titles.

Federer spoke to ESPN about his historical title win. “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. “And I’m happy I kept on believing and dreaming, and here I am today for the eighth. It’s fantastic.”

According to ESPN Stats & Information Federer joins Bjorn Borg, as the only men’s player to win Wimbledon without losing a set.

Cilic’s game plan going into the final was to go after Federer’s back hand. All of Cilic’s points were off of Federer’s mistakes off his back hand.

Cilic said after the match that he had really bad blisters and it was bothering him.

“Obviously was very tough emotionally because I know how much I went through [the] last few months in preparation with everything,” Cilic said. “It was also tough because of my own team. They did so much for me. I just felt it was really bad luck.”

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It was a remarkable turn around for Federer, considering the fact that last year at Winbledon, he had a disappointing semi-finals loss. The worst part was that he was having durability issues with his body. Questions were popping up in the mainstream media questioning if he could still perform at a high level.

Last year at Winbledon was motivation enough to give Federer the motivation to come back this year and win his record eight Winbledon title.

Federer, 35, became the oldest champion and won his second Grand Slam of the year, by not dropping a set throughout the two week run. According to ESPN Stats & Information Federer joins Bjorn Borg, as the only mens player to win Wimbledon without losing a set.

 

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Sportsman of the Week; Roger Federer

The legend continues. As in the legend of the greatest men’s tennis player of all time. Roger Federer defied his age of 35 years and seeding well over 10 to capture his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, by far the most in history. In an era that should be widely considered as the most competitive (or as competitive) ever.  Federer did it over his old nemesis Rafael Nadal, who likewise made an improbable run to the final. But it was Federer who won the last five games of the last set, squashing a 3-1 game lead. Roger Federer has his stake in the ground as best men’s tennis player of all time, and is our Sportsman of the Week!

The Swiss tennis legend also made his 28th Grand Slam final, which is also the greatest of all time. Across tour sports, he joins Jack Nicklaus as the greatest two men’s majors tour winners as Nicklaus also has 18 majors.

Trailing Federer for Slam titles is Rafael Nadal with 14 titles, who is also toward the end of his productive career. American Pete Sampras completed his career with 14 as well.  The next (and maybe last?) shot to win more might be Novak Djokavic with 12.  Although at age 29, it would be hard to imagine him winning another half dozen before he retires.

Federer turned professional in 1998 and was continuously ranked in the top 10 from October 2002 to November 2016. After his victory over Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open Final, John McEnroe concluded that “Federer [had] cemented himself as the greatest player of all time.”

Fererer has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 302 weeks. In majors, Federer has won five Australian Open  titles, seven Wimbledon titles, five US Open titles and oneFrench Open title. He is among the eight men to capture a career Grand Slam. Federer shares an Open Era record for most titles at Wimbledon with Pete Sampras and at the US Open with Jimmy Connors and Sampras. He has reached a record 28 men’s singles Grand Slam finals, including 10 in a row from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships to the 2007 US Open.

And most of all, Roger Federer has been a gentleman of the sport.  Always respectful of opponents, never brash, he will certainly go down as a legend, if not the greatest of all time in the sport of tennis and in sports as a whole.

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