A Grand Slam Win without dropping a set:-
It feels crazy to say this, but Roger Federer has done it again. Just to add to the amazement, the Swiss has won this Wimbledon Grand Slam without a dropping a set throughout the tournament.
The tennis master took just one hour and 41 minutes to cruise past Croat Marin Cilic to win his 8th Big W Championship. Another feather in 35-year old’s legacy-filled cap. The centre-court stood up again for giving a standing ovation to a player who is making a habit of lifting trophies inside this famous arena.
A score of 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 isn’t fitting for a final but the way Federer swept past Cilic, just goes to show he is still the greatest. Commiserations to Cilic who almost retired in the second set due to injury. But, the Croat fought through pain both physically and mentally against a player who wasn’t giving anything away easily.
There were moments in this tournament where things did look under scanner about the grass court issue and players pulling out easily in early rounds. But, since the departure of Murray and Djokovic in the quarter-finals, it really was Federer’s championship to lose and he made no mistake. The Swiss swept past every opponent without looking fussed and oozed class right through in the grass court.
Record 8th Big W Slam Win:-
We all know winning a Wimbledon trophy is the toughest thing of all in tennis. The grass court in London is difficult to play as players do not practice on this throughout the year. It makes it further special for all the history involved behind and so winning 8 championships here is truly a remarkable achievement for Federer.
The Swiss won his first Big W title back in 2003 by beating Mark Philippoussis in straight sets. After that, he defended his crown for four consecutive years making it an open era world record. It is quite amazing to talk about these stats for a player who will become 36 years old next month.
Overall, this is Federer’s 19 grand slam title which is again a record in itself. Rafael Nadal is second in the list with 15, way behind the Swiss. It is remarkable considering the fact that he took a 2-month break this year due to issues after beating Nadal in the Miami Open. Despite that, he won both the grand slams in which he has taken part so far(Australian Open and Wimbledon).
If we take a look at a list of some great tennis players in the history of this game, Federer should be on top of that list. Probably, the greatest single’s player in this world and probably the best sportsman of this era. We are lucky to witness him play his finest tennis and hope to get more from him in the coming years. I am sure Wimbledon next year won’t be too difficult for him if he continues to play the tennis he played this year. Still got it one would have to say and take his/her hats off.