Federer makes history with record 8th Wimbledon title
His win at the Australian Open back in January may have been glorious, but the record eighth Wimbledon title was the one he’s craved more than any other since his win over Andy Murray in the 2012 final. Today he finally got it as he crushed Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to overtake Pete Sampras and William Renshaw’s tally of seven titles at the All England Club and claim a staggering 19th grand slam title. The match itself was a bit of a strange one, I think it’s fair to say the occasion got to Cilic somewhat meaning he was never really in it and that gave it a bit of an anti-climatic feel, but really how Roger did it isn’t important in this case and the win sealed arguably the greatest achievement in his entire career. Chances of him adding to his seventeen grand slams seemed very slim this time twelve months ago, but what a difference a year makes and having rejuvenated his game ahead of the 2017 season he’s won two more and looks as good as he has for around ten years. A remarkable story, and one that makes Roger one of if not the greatest sportsman of all time, let alone tennis player.
It wasn’t just Cilic who looked nervous early on, as Roger also made some uncharacteristic errors in the first few games and it was the third seed who had to save the first break point of the match at 1-2. Cilic was unable to make a second serve return though, and Roger made him pay by breaking in the very next game as the Croat netted a backhand under pressure from some heavy hitting from the Maestro. That was backed up by a hold to love, and a few games later another break of serve sealed the set as Cilic chose a bad time to throw in a double fault. Not the most spectacular set of tennis you’ll see, but once Roger settled he was able to make Cilic uncomfortable with some clever returning, and the errors flowed from the 2014 US Open champion’s racquet as a result.
Cilic didn’t end the opening set well, but he started the second even worse as four unforced errors gifted Roger a break and the seventh seed was visibly frustrated as after another quick hold from the Fed Express he was in tears at the change of ends. He seemed to be struggling with some sort of injury as well, I think both the physical and mental side of things all became too much for Cilic but which was the greater contributing factor is anyone’s guess. Either way it wasn’t nice viewing and from there you just knew there was no way the Croat was winning it which made the rest of the match feel like a procession. To his immense credit Roger didn’t lose focus whatsoever when it would have been easy to do so, and he instead pounced on the vulnerability being displayed in front of him to break again and serve out the set with ease, finishing it off with an ace to move within one set of history.
To be fair to Cilic he kept fighting in the third and some much improved tennis saw him to a trio of holds despite coming under some pressure from Roger, but the at the time 18 time grand slam champion landed a brilliant 76% of first serves in the match and so never looked in any danger on his own deal. You could always sense a break wasn’t too far away, and sure enough Cilic slammed a forehand into the net to move Roger two service holds away from Wimbledon title number eight. The first came emphatically, a forehand winner prompting a big “come on” to show he was still dialed right in despite the sorry state of his opponent, and he quickly moved to two match points when it came to serving it out. He blew the first after going for an overly ambitious forehand winner, but he made no mistake on the second and given how he served all tournament, an ace felt like the perfect way to seal his 19th grand slam crown.
WHAT ROGER SAID
“It means the world to me to hold this trophy, particularly when I haven’t dropped a set.
“It’s magical, I can’t believe it yet. I wasn’t sure if I’d be in a final again after last year, 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.”
THOUGHTS ON THE TOURNAMENT
Wow, where to start?! The final may not have been one of the more memorable of Roger’s career on paper based on the result, but it capped off an incredible tournament for a guy less than a month away from turning 36. On the day when the BBC announced the new Doctor Who, you’d think we’d jumped in the Tardis and gone back to 2007 as for just the second time in his career Roger won a major without dropping a set, with the only other time being the Australian Open ten years ago, and he beat some seriously good players in doing so. He also won Halle with a 100% set record, meaning he’s won 29 consecutive sets of tennis (not including the three games of the second set against Alexandr Dolgopolov) which must be just about the best run of his career in that sense. The opening week saw Roger play well without ever quite looking his best and I was slightly concerned that he’d come unstuck against one of the top guns later in the event, but he elevated his game to a whole other level and was just far too good for all who came before him. In beating Cilic and Milos Raonic in SW19 he takes his record against top ten players in 2017 to a sensational 9-0, who would have seen that one coming at the start of the year? All in all it was a wonderful tournament from greatest of all time.
That’s all from me after a magnificent two weeks at the best tournament in the world. Next stop is scheduled to be Montreal or Cincinnati, where Roger is in with a real chance of becoming world number one if he can put together a big run. And with the way he’s played this year, you wouldn’t bet against him. See you then.
I don’t mind failing, failing is OK as long as you give your best and put your all into it. Failing is not terrible. I put myself into a position to win a lot of these and lost a fair few against some of the world’s best but I have always learned lessons.
Andy Murray after winning Wimbledon for the second time
Ok.. i'm a little sad..Rafa lost in Wimby.😭😭. I just been thinking why We have never seen a complete coliver dinner.. i mean in 2x02 Oliver was cooking and Connor felt guilty about his diagniosis and 3x08 the discussion scene.. I want a coliver dinner🤣🤣
I’m sad too. After he worked so hard to get back into that match :( I’m pulling for Federer or Murray to win wimbeldon now. :)
There was a dinner or something if coliver and michaela and asher. I forget. end of season 2 sometime?
when asher overheard connor saying he’s just pretending to be nice or something to asher because of what has been going through.
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