Roger Federer: Wimbledon Champ Happy After Making Tennis History

World Number 3, Roger Federer said he always believed he could win Wimbledon again, after his victory over Marin Cilic saw him lift a record eighth Wimbledon trophy.

The Swiss, won 6-3 6-1 6-4 to become the most successful man in Wimbledon singles history and also claimed a 19th Grand Slam title.

“It’s special, Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament,” he said.

“I truly believed. For me, it was also important that my team believed it, as well.

“My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player too.

“To make history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me just because of all of that really. It’s that simple.”

Fourteen years after his first Wimbledon triumph, Federer added to his lengthy list of achievements:

  • He becomes the first man to win Wimbledon eight times, surpassing Pete Sampras (2000) and William Renshaw (1889).
  • He is the oldest man to win Wimbledon since the Open era began in 1968.
  • He extends his record to 19 Grand Slam titles, ahead of Rafael Nadal on 15.
  • He stands joint-fourth on the all-time Grand Slam list with Helen Wills Moody, five behind Margaret Court.

Federer has lost just two matches in 2017, and held match points in both of those, collecting titles at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami Masters, Halle and now Wimbledon.

His success is all the more remarkable after he left the All England Club 12 months ago and chose to miss the rest of 2016 to fully recover from a knee injury.

“Honestly, I’m incredibly surprised how well this year is going, how well I’m feeling,” said Federer.

“I knew I could do great again maybe one day, but not at this level. I guess you would have laughed, too, if I told you I was going to win two Slams this year. People wouldn’t believe me if I said that.

“I also didn’t believe that I was going to win two this year. It’s incredible.”

He also expects to try for a ninth Wimbledon title in 2018, aged 36.

“The goal is definitely to be here again next year to try to defend,” he said.

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