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Wimbledon history for Federer

16th July 2017, 16:55 by Jack Ogalbe

Roger Federer made history on Sunday as he defeated Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to win a record eighth Wimbledon crown.

The Swiss walked on to Centre Court level alongside Pete Sampras and William Renshaw on seven victories and justified his tag as the favourite, brushing aside a few early nerves to dominate the final.

Federer's cause was helped by Cilic's struggles with a foot injury and at one stage the Croatian was in tears between points.

He was finally put out of his misery when the veteran sealed glory in style, firing down an ace to wrap up a 6-3 6-1 6-4 triumph after an hour and 41 minutes.

Sunday's success marked the 35-year-old's second Grand Slam win of the year after January's Australian Open, with his career major tally now up to 19.

An emotional Federer spoke of his affection for SW19's showpiece court in his post-match interview and admitted he was desperate to return to Wimbledon in 12 months time.

"It's such a special court, so many legends have marked this court from the women's game, the men's game, doubles, all of it - to be here today is very special," Federer said.

"I hope this wasn't my last match, I hope I can come back next year and try to defend the title."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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