“Holding the trophy now, after not dropping a set in the tournament, it’s magical really. I can’t believe it yet. It’s too much,” Roger Federer said after winning his record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday.
The 35-year-old Swiss crushed Marin Cilic from Croatia 6-3 6-1 6-4 in Sunday’s final to become oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era.
Federer, who now has 19 Grand Slam titles in his kitty, has also become the first person since Bjorn Borg in 1976, to go through the entire tournament without dropping a set.
He tops the list of list of male Wimbledon champions, moving past Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.
“It’s disbelief I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure I would ever be here in another final after last year. I had some tough ones in the finals, losing two against Novak (Djokovic). But I always believed. I kept on believing and dreaming I could get back. Here am I today with the eighth. It’s fantastic, if you keep believing you can go far in your life,” said an emotional Federer.
The final was against top-form Federer and injured Celic, who hobbled through the first set.
Expressing sympathy for Cilic’s plight, Federer said: “It’s cruel sometimes. He fought well. He’s a hero, congrats on a wonderful tournament Marin.”
Cilic put up a brave face to say, “I gave my best. That’s all I could do.”
Having won the Australian Open in January, Federer took the clay-court season off to rest his body ahead of Wimbledon and his decision has paid rich dividends.
“I’ve got to take more time off! I’ll be gone again for the next six months! I don’t know if it will work as well again,” Federer said.
(With inputs from agencies)