Roger Federer runs away with record eighth Wimbledon title


ROGER FEDERER CRUISED to a record eighth Wimbledon title with a straight sets victory over Marin Cilic earlier today and, rather inevitably, there are a wealth of remarkable statistics regarding the 35-year-old's triumph.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain won the junior title at Wimbledon by beating Axel Geller of Argentina 7-6 (2), 6-3 on No. 1 Court.

Cilic, who was trailing 3-0 in the second set having lost the opener 6-3, broke down during the change of ends.

He was magnificent, but we have to add that he had some help because the Croatian player was injured. In that six matches won by Roger Federer and one match by Marin Cilic.

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Federer is playing his 11th Wimbledon final and aiming to claim his eighth title. He didn't lose a single set during this year's tournament, becoming only the second player since Bjorn Borg to do so during the Open era (when professional tennis players were allowed to compete versus amateurs), which began in 1968. The English player was 41-years-old when he won the 1909 title.

The first set of the match proved to be quite interesting with Cilic coming up with some good tennis and some quality winners from the Croatian. The Swiss, however, insists that he always retained faith in his grand slam-winning credentials. But I kept believing and if you believe you can go a long way in your life. "I think he's going to be a force in tennis for a few more years".

Federer leads 5-3. That 8th Wimbledon title isn't too far away now. Alongside William Renshaw (seven titles in the 1890s) and Pete Sampras (seven titles in the 1990s), Federer was at the top of the pile. He moves like he did ten years ago!' 'Federer defies reason', said the former World No. 4 Tim Henman.

Let's not overlook the great tournament by Cilic.