Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Roger Federer breaks Wimbledon record as he defeats Marin Čilić


It was understandably a slightly muted celebration but the emotion came for Federer when he looked up to his wife Mirka and their four children in his player box.

19 - A 19th grand slam title means Federer now has more of the biggest prizes in his sport than golf's greatest champion Jack Nicklaus, a big tennis fan, managed in his sporting sphere.

# Federer's Wimbledon title win is the second longest gap between two men's singles titles in the Open Era (five years). Being 35 years old, it makes him the oldest man, since Ken Rosewall in 1974, to get through to a Grand Slam final.

"We never know what happens", said the Swiss star, who had told the Centre Court crowd in his victory speech: "I hope to be back, I hope this wasn't my last match".

Out of the 8 Wimbledon titles he has won, this was the first time he won it without dropping a single set throughout the tournament.

An adoring Centre Court hailed Federer, who surpassed the seven All-England titles won by Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, and extended his all-time Grand Slam record to 19. In 1975, the American won his sole Wimbledon title, aged 31.

28-year-old Cilic broke down in tears during the second set as he injured his foot.

Said Federer of his efforts and successes since his return to tennis, "If you believe, you can go really far in life". Federer leads the first set 4-2.

Federer last won the grass-court major in 2012. "I hoped to have a chance maybe one day to be in a Wimbledon final and have a chance to win the tournament".

He last won the tournament in 2012 and is now tied with Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles. Bjorn Borg won three majors without dropping a set, including Wimbledon in 1976, while Rafael Nadal has won Roland Garros three times (2008, 2010, 2017) without dropping a set. The other Grand Slam events are US Open (1881), French Open (1891) and Australia Open (1905). It was always going to be a hard game for Cilic, but Federer's fluent shots kept him busy all over the court and the first break point of the match came in the fifth game after an error by Cilic following a heavy fall. "I'm happy it's paying off here now".

The elegant the No.3 seed eased his way past Cilic in the final who was battling with a foot injury.

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