Roger Federer reclaimed his position as the greatest ever Tennis player to have ever set a foot in this world by winning a record 8th Wimbledon title against after a one sided victory (6-3, 6-1, 6-4) over Marin Cilic on Sunday as the latter’s thin hopes of an upset against Roger Federer were crushed by an injured foot which troubled his movement and must have tormented his mind.
It was a day of sustained emotions and scant drama. Roger Federer, an all-time Wimbledon favorite since winning the first title in 2003, went past the hurdle in one hour and 41 minutes (101 minutes) and lost only eight games during a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 dominant victory.
With this victory, Roger Federer aka the Swiss master, who turns 36 next month, went past Pete Sampras and William Renshaw’s record of seven Wimbledon victories and also became the first player to win the tournament without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg’s dominant win in 1976.
What made this victory even more remarkable for Roger Federer was the fact that he had not claimed a single Grand Slam since 2012 and was struggling with a knee injury which forced him out of the game for five months.
But thousands of fans making their way for All England Club for Sunday’s final witness a reincarnation of Roger Federer of 2017 who won the Australian Open in January while having won 32 of his 34 matches this year.
However, the most memorable emotion, for Roger Federer and his fans, came minutes after he procured the last point with an ace and sat in his on-court chair, looking into the stands at his support staff, wife and children, and couldn’t resist crying.
This is what Roger Federer said after walking off the court, “To mark history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me, it’s that simple but funny enough, I didn’t think that much of it throughout today, throughout the trophy ceremony. I was just happy that I was able to win Wimbledon again because it’s been a long road. It’s been tough at times, but that’s how it’s supposed to be”.
But when it was time for Roger Federer to address the post-match conference, here is what the Swiss Superman said about his retirement.
( Video Courtesy: Wimbledon )
After seeing this video, it is clear that Roger Federer will play until his body supports him and it doesn’t matter if he is 36 of 40. It all comes down to the numbers and victories and if Roger Federer is able to do what he is supposed to, on the court, he will keep pushing the boundaries of greatness, it’s that simple for him and even more awe-inspiring for his fans.
After his 19th Grand Slam, Roger Federer stands tallest of all.