Federer wins eighth Wimbledon title

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Today, Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer defeated Croatia's Marin Čilić 6–3, 6–1, 6–4 to claim his eighth Wimbledon title. With this victory, 35-year-old Federer became the oldest singles champion at Wimbledon in the modern era.

In the match lasting for just one hour and 41 minutes, Federer served eight aces, while the 2014 US Open winner Čilić hit five. Federer won five break points out of ten, while the Croatian missed his only chance to break Federer's serve. Čilić, who called for a medical timeout in the second set due to blister in his foot, committed 23 unforced errors, compared to Federer's eight.

Federer didn't drop a single set in the entire tournament. After losing to Milnos Raonic at Wimbledon semi-final, last year, Federer had to cancel his remaining season following a knee injury. Winning his eighth, Federer said, "It's disbelief I can achieve such heights. I wasn't sure I would ever be here in another final after last year" as the Swiss made a new record, becoming the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles title. He previously shared the recored of seven titles with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.

Čilić served for the first game of the final, but Federer broke his serve in the fifth game, claiming the first set in just 36 minutes. Federer claimed the second set in just 25 minutes in which the Croat won just one game. Cilic called for a medical time out after losing the second set. He said, "It was definitely one of the unfortunate days for me for this[blister] to happen. I had a really bad blister and fluid came down into the callus". With painkillers and bandages, Cilic won four games of the third set, but could not stop Federer from winning the title.

After the match, Federer said, "I always believed. I kept on believing and dreaming I could get back. Here am I today with the eighth. It's fantastic, if you keep believing you can go far in your life."

Federer now has nineteen Grand Slam singles titles. He previously won this year's Australian Open defeating Rafael Nadal, before the "King of Clay" won his tenth French Open title last month.

(7)Flag of Croatia.svg Marin ČILIĆCRO
(6)Flag of Switzerland.svg Roger FEDERERSUI

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