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Federer makes history at Wimbledon


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Roger Federer beat Croatia’s Marin Cilic in straight sets on Sunday to win his eighth Wimbledon title – finally allowing him to surpass the record of most Wimbledon wins that he had shared with Pete Sampras

On Sunday 16th July, Roger Federer created all-time records when he beat Cilic in straight sets, 6–3, 6–1, 6–4, in the Gentlemen’s Singles. It was his nineteenth Grand Slam Men’s Singles title and his eighth Wimbledon title.

Speaking at a press conference after his win, Federer described Wimbledon as his favourite tournament, of which he enjoys being a part of: “Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament; will always be my favourite tournament. To mark history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me. Funny enough I didn’t think of it that much throughout the day or throughout the trophy ceremony, I was more just so happy than I was able to win Wimbledon again.

“It’s been a long road, been an exciting road, it’s been tough at times, but that’s how it’s supposed to be. So to be Wimbledon champion for an entire year now is something I can’t wait to savour and just enjoy. So it was super special and at that level to be part of Wimbledon history is truly amazing.”

Meanwhile, over in the Ladies’ Singles final on Saturday, Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza was crowned the winner, beating Venus Williams in straight sets, 7–5, 6–0, ending Williams’ hopes of being crowned Champion in her sister Serena’s absence from Wimbledon this year. Muguruza’s win was her second Grand Slam Women’s Singles title and her first title at Wimbledon, having previously reached the final in 2015.

As Wimbledon winners Federer and Muguruza both claimed £2.2 million in prize money.

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