Federer wins eighth Wimbledon title


July 17, 2017
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns to Croatia's Marin Cilic during the Men's Singles final match on day 13 at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London yesterday. Federer won in three sets. (AP Photo)

LONDON, England (AP):

Roger Federer's wait for number eight at Wimbledon is over.

He is once again the champion of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, now more often than any other man in the history of an event first held in 1877.

Federer won his eighth title at the All England Club and 19th major trophy overall, capping a marvelous fortnight in which he never dropped a set by overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday in a lopsided final that was more coronation than contest.

When it ended on an ace from Federer after merely one hour and 41 minutes, he raised both arms overhead. Soon, he was sitting on the sideline, wiping tears from his eyes.

"I always believed that I could, maybe, come back and do it again. And if you believe, you can go really, really far in your life, and I did that," Federer said. "And I'm happy I kept on believing and dreaming, and here I am today for the eighth. It's fantastic."

His first major title came at Wimbledon in 2003, and was followed by others in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He won again in 2009 and 2012, but then he lost finals in 2014 and 2015 to Novak Djokovic.

The gold trophy that he was denied on those occasions was in Federer's hands Sunday. He turns 36 on August 8, making the father of four the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era.

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