Roger Federer made Wimbledon history as he became the first person to win the men’s singles title a record eight times after he defeated Marin Cilic today.
After a six-month layoff, Federer came back to send records tumbling as won his eighth Wimbledon singles championship and 19th Grand Slam singles title.
This he did without dropping a single set (Bjorn Borg was the last to do this in 1976). He also became the oldest man to lift the trophy at 35 years of age.
The tennis hero defeated Cilic in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 after an astounding season where he won five of the seven tournaments he has played this year.
Cilic got off to a bad start after a fumble in the first set, which appeared to affect his movement from then on. Not one to withdraw, the Croatian returned to the court, but could do little against the might of Federer.
In addition to his record number of Wimbledon titles, the Swiss also has the most grand slam singles titles (19). Rafal Nadal follows with 15.
He won his first Wimbledon title in 2003 and went on to win again in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012.
The victory today places Federer third on the world rankings.