Roger Federer has defeated Marin Cilic in straight sets to win record eight Wimbledon men’s tennis title and 19th grand slam.
The 35-year-old crushed Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in London on Sunday.
After a five-year drought at the Grand Slams, Federer has won two this season following his conquest at the Australian Open in January.
The veteran is now the first man in history to win eight Wimbledon titles.
Federer said of his victory, “It is cruel sometimes, but he fought well and he’s a hero, so congratulations on a wonderful tournament, Marin. You should be really proud. You had a wonderful tournament and sometimes you don’t just see great in a final. I’ve got to take more time off, I don’t know. I’m going to be gone again for the next six months.
“Better than winning this trophy is being healthy. I’m feeling great. The tournament I’ve played, not dropping a set, it’s magical. It’s too much. It’s belief that I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be here after last year.
“I had some tough ones, losing to Novak. I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today with the eighth. It’s fantastic. It’s such a special court. So many legends have marked this court, the women’s game, the men’s game, mixed, doubles. From day one to finals day, Centre Court is always packed and it’s a dream to play here. I hope I can come back next year to try to defend the title.”
Cilic said: “I never gave up when I started a match. That was my idea today. I gave my best and that’s all I could do. I had an amazing journey here.
“I played the best tennis of my life. I want to thank my team, they gave so much strength to me. It was really tough today and I’m hoping I’m going to come back here and try one more time.”