Wimbledon 2017: Federer's 19th Grand Slam win

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 18, 2017

Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic have between them taken all the men's singles titles at Wimbledon since 2003. I think I have maybe played the best tennis ever. The Luxembourg native can look forward to a good North American hard court season, and if he plays well, he could potentially break into the top twenty for the first time, which would be a superb achievement for the 34-year-old.

Cilic broke down and cried during a break in play during the second set.

"He's normally taking a lot of pain so I can't imagine how painful it was". He might have clinched his eighth title at SW19, which took him past his idol Pete Sampras' seven, against a physically-struggling Marin Cilic, but he enjoyed a flawless run into the final. 'I always feel bad that we arrive so late.

There are few players more self-assured on the ATP Tour, but even Federer hadn't dared dream of this.

Marin Cilic is given treatment during the final against Roger Federer.

"So we had a great time". "I don't know what I did last night [after the Champions' dinner at the Guildhall in central London]". "I truly believed. It was also important that my team believed as well".

His Grand Slam tally now stands at an unprecedented 19, an Open era record that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.

"My head's ringing", Federer said.

"It was just a feeling that I knew that I can not give my best on the court, that I can not give my best game and my best tennis, especially at this stage of my career, at such a big match. And if not next year, well, then the year after that, you know?" It didn't hurt so much that it was putting me in tears.

"I really wanted to give my best, " Cilic said, "to try as much as I could".

"I'm going, "OK, I know he's not going to serve and volley", which is great". I drank too many different types of drinks I guess. "I've played nearly every player here that wouldn't serve and volley".

Roger Federer has won his record eighth Wimbledon title.

Cilic is no exception, as he hailed his opponent's longevity, and will to continuously improve.

Federer's willingness to come to net is in contrast to numerous younger up-and-coming players.

"I think he realises that he can use his superior timing from the back court and some of his variety shots to keep people a little bit off balance".

"I get inspired in a big way by the likes of Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Valentino Rossi or Michael Schumacher, guys who did things for a very long time at the highest of levels", Federer said.

"The body is fine, ice hockey, soccer... you have so many who can actually go through with that age".

He also skipped the entire claycourt season. His movement is natural.

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