Roger Federer made history yesterday by being the first man to win the Wimbledon Championship eight times. He became the most successful man in the entire tournament singles history. He even claimed his nineteenth Grand Slam title.
The 35 year old tennis star won 6-3 6-1 6-4 to take the title. His finals competitor, Marin Cilic, did not go down without a fight. It was clear that Cilic was injured, walking on the court with a strap around his left foot. He slipped and fell in the fifth game and eventually, in the second set, was greeted by a doctor and trainer. It was clear this was all getting to Marin, but he still did not give up. The crowd urged him to go on and extend the time of the match to close to two hours.
The final round lasted one hour and forty-one minutes. This was the first time Federer won Wimbledon without losing a set. Federer is turning thirty-six in about three weeks, making him the oldest Wimbledon champion of our time.
Federer spoke about his plans for next year, saying, “There’s never a guarantee, especially not at 35,36. But the goal is definitely to be here again next year to try and defend.” Now that is something we are all going to be tuning in for.