Federer up to ATP No. 3 after Wimbledon; Muguruza WTA No. 5

Federer up to ATP No. 3 after Wimbledon; Muguruza WTA No. 5

Defying age and wounded Marin Cilic, the 35-year-old snared another large chunk of history with a runaway 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory at the sport's spiritual home.

The Wimbledon men's final this Sunday pits the tennis player who has won the most titles on grass, Switzerland's Roger Federer with 18, against the one with the highest percentage of wins on grass courts this year, Croatian Marin Cilic with 12 victories and just two losses. His string of quick victories in the playoffs has been phenomenal. All he'd been concerned with, consumed with, was being healthy enough to compete at a high level and, he hoped, to win a title, regardless of what the total count would be.

Seventh seed Cilic required treatment on a foot injury twice during the match and Federer scented blood, barely putting a foot wrong as he stormed towards his record-extending 19th grand slam title, which he sealed with his eighth ace of the match.

In the day's other final on Centre Court, Jamie Murray and Swiss Martina Hingis beat Finland's Henri Kontinen and Briton Heather Watson 6-4 6-4 to win the mixed doubles final, bringing the curtain down on an action-packed fortnight at SW19.

In 2003, Federer raised his first major trophy.

"My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here".

Federer is only the second man in history to win eight titles at the same grand slam behind Rafael Nadal, who claimed his eighth French Open in 2013 - and his 10th last month. For me was actually very difficult to focus on the match, as well, as my mind was all the time blocked with the pain. Federer beat Tomas Berdych 7-6,7-6,6-4 in the semi-finals yesterday. Also, you know, I was just not able to set up properly on the balls.

"It was tough for me to focus on the tactics, on the things that I needed to do".

"I feel very privileged to be in another final", he said. "That was just a little bit combination of all emotions because I know how much it took for me to get here".

By notching an unmatched eighth Wimbledon spoil, and his 93rd career title, Federer wound back the clock to the halcyon days of 2009 - the last season he annexed multiple majors.

By winning the Australian Open in January Federer became the second oldest ever grand slam champion behind Rosewall, who won the 1972 Australian Open aged 37 and 62 days.

And, because he sat out the last half of 2016, his points will only continue to accumulate, making a return to No. 1 a real possibility.

But after the miracle Australian Open, the Wimbledon blitz and three other titles this season from just seven events, Federer could unseat Andy Murray at the US Open next month.

Federer's victory ensured the world's most important title remained in the possession of the Big Four.

- Federer won the first set against Cilic 6-3.

Only Jimmy Connors (1974-82) has had to wait longer than Federer between Wimbledon titles.

And he completed the feat without dropping a set in seven matches, marking only the second player in the Open era after Bjorn Borg in 1976 to do so here. It leaves the world No.1 race wide open for the coming months with Federer in with a realistic shot to reclaim top spot for the first time since October, 2012.