Swiss tennis ace, Roger Federer on Sunday became the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles titles, as the 35-year-old legend easily beat a tearful Marin Cilic of Croatia in straight sets.
Federer scaled new heights of greatness at Wimbledon when he duly collected a record breaking win to put him further ahead of other legends, living and dead.
Cilic began brightly, but by the middle of the second set he was sobbing into his towel at the changeover. It was not immediately clear if that was due to emotional distress or a blistered foot or both.
Either way, he ultimately had no answer to the rasping ground strokes of Federer or a serve that functioned beautifully, pinging in more than seven out of 10 first serves.
But it was the resurgent Swiss who took an eighth All England Club title by hammering troubled Cilic with ruthless ease, winning 6-3 6-1 6-4 in an hour and 41 minutes.
It was his nineteenth Grand Slam victory and in achieving it he became the first player to win the title without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg in 1976.
Federer’s moment came a day after Spain’s Garbine Muguruza overcame Venus Williams of America 7-5 in the first set before taking the second 6-0.
Muguruza won the first women’s final to take place under the roof in just an hour and seventeen minutes, as the Spaniard has claimed her second Grand Slam title after she won the French Open back in 2016
Listlessness, powerlessness and melancholy swept over the older of two siblings, Venus and Serena Williams, in the greatest tennis double act there has ever been, but maybe the world had just witnessed the end of an era.
It was the only time she let her guard down before the rigid norms of maintaining dignity in defeat took over, but Saturday was a day when everything caught up with one of the legends of women’s tennis.
‘I tried my best to do the things you do,’ Venus told her sister, Serena, speaking directly into a television camera at the end of her defeat, knowing her sister would be watching at home in Florida as she prepares to give birth to her first child in the autumn.