Wimbledon 2017: Federer's 19th Grand Slam win

Wimbledon 2017: Federer's 19th Grand Slam win

Until then, Federer wasn't focused on the notion of winning the grass-court tournament more often than any other man in the history of an event first held in 1877. Probably no match at Wimbledon this tournament has had a better atmosphere than that which greeted Willis and Clarke's five-set win over defending champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the second round. They gloat over his victories against popular heroes, they dissect his career path, and then the hopeless romantics fear for his retirement. Both are firmly back in that shadow now, although through no fault of their own, and both are facing a lengthy period on the side lines and a tumble down the rankings. But he was given a wild card into the doubles along with Jay Clarke and set about making his mark in that instead. So was 18, and now 19 is great. After the ball, we went to a bar and there were almost 30 to 40 friends that were there, so we had a great time.

It was saved by Federer and it was to be Cilic's only glimmer of hope.

"It's been a long road", he said.

Federer won his 18th Slam in Australia in January on his return to the tour before adding the Indian Wells and Miami Masters back-to-back and a ninth Halle grasscourt title. Having dominated the early part of the hard court season, and the grass court season, there is no reason to think he can't pick up plenty of titles in North America, including the US Open, particularly because of the struggles of a certain two men.

It was Federer's record eighth Wimbledon title, record 19th major title.

His discomfort was reflected in his statistics. I walk away with 2000 points.

"My head's ringing", Federer said.

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"But I always believed". Murray came into Wimbledon as the defending champion, giving him 2000 points to protect. She had been No. 3, and swaps positions with former No. 1 Angelique Kerber. Cilic was already a broken man with blisters on his sole.

Wimbledon did not pan out as Andy Murray would have wanted as a hip injury contributed to a quarter-final loss against Sam Querrey for the defending champion.

"Very tough emotionally", said Cilic, whose foot was re-taped by a trainer after the second set.

It might not have mattered. "We tried to take some fluid out overnight, and yesterday in the morning it was worse".

ROGER FEDERER woke up with a sore head after celebrating his record eighth Wimbledon title win with a 5am bender. That's 21 consecutive sets without a loss in the most prestigious tournament in the world.

"I look at the stats and, whatever round it is, I see that the guy I'm going to face is playing 2 per cent of serve and volley throughout the championship". Like Federer, no sense in trying to write her off.

He will do it all again, but differently.