Roger Federer stands alone in men’s tennis history, as he claimed a record eighth Wimbledon title Sunday afternoon on Centre Court. They might as well rename SW19 in London to RF19, as the Swiss maestro pushed his record further to 19 grand slams. Less than a month shy of his 36th birthday, Federer won his first Wimbledon title without dropping a set, defeating seventh seed Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4, with coincidentally, was his eighth ace of the match. The only other grand slam the Swiss star has won without dropping a set was the 2007 Australian Open. Winning an eighth Wimbledon title breaks the tie of seven titles at the All England Club, previously shared by Federer, American Pete Sampras, and British player, William Renshaw, who played in the late 1800s. Now a 19-time grand slam champion, the Swiss star is continuing an unbelievable year, notching up to a 31-2 win-loss record this season, with five titles. Today’s Wimbledon final marks Federer’s 1,111th career victory, 17th grass court title, and 93rd career title.
While he was seeded third by Wimbledon, which factors in ATP World Tour ranking along with grass court performance in recent years, Federer’s actual ranking will ascend from #5 to #3 on Monday, capping a remarkable return into the top three after dropping to #17 at the start of the year due to not playing the second half of last season. The 35-year-old Swiss earns 2000 Emirates ATP Rankings points and £2,200,000 in prize money. He has now qualified for the year-end ATP Finals, and finds himself in essentially a two-man race with Rafael Nadal for the year-end world #1 ranking.
After saving an early break point in the first set, Federer’s game woke up from a rather slow start, taking the initiative to break Cilic’s serve immediately in the next game. He never looked back from there, taking the opening set and early break in the second set as well. The Croatian felt immense pressure and became emotional on a changeover, tears flowing, and called for the tournament doctor as he was not feeling well. Federer stayed on course, capitalizing for a 5-1 lead and a two sets to love lead. Cilic regrouped to make the third set competitive, but Federer never let up from accelerating to the finish line, firing his eighth ace on match point.
“It means the world to me to hold this trophy, particularly when I haven’t dropped a set,” said Federer on BBC TV 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.”
Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic highlights – Wimbledon 2017 Final
Roger Federer and Marin Cilic receive their Wimbledon 2017 trophies
Roger Federer gets emotional as children arrive on Centre Court after Wimbledon 2017 final
Roger Federer Wimbledon 2017 final winner’s interview
Roger Federer congratulated by family, fans and royalty after Wimbledon 2017 win
The newly crowned 19-time grand slam champion has not formally announced his plans for his next tournament, but entry list information and other playing commitments are confirmed. See Federer’s 2017 schedule.