The Wimbledon 2017 finally had its conclusion with a historic performance and win for none other than the King of Grass, Roger Federer.
Federer won the match against Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 with the Swiss taking a dictating headstart since the start of the game. As usual, Federer with his usual inch perfect back-hands and big serves outclassed Cilic in the first 2 sets, 6-3 6-1.
THE MATCH – AS IT HAPPENED
Cilic started off good after taking an early 2-1 lead in the first set. Federer saved a Cilic break-point in his following serve game and went on to do the same again to break Cilic’s serve to bring the toll to 3-2 in the Swiss’ favour. With this lead, it marked the start of Federer’s attack as the King of Grass took the lead to finish the set with losing just one game on the way. Federer triumphed the first set 6-3 and got a momentum to spur his play in the 2nd set.
Federer seemed to be in no mood to wait to lift his title as he went on to take a smooth 5-1 lead, pumping in aces from time to time. The Swiss imminently wrapped up the set with a classy 6-1 win to edge closer to his record 8th title on his favourite turf.
The end of 2nd set saw the Croat lurking around with an injury but fortunately he took an injury time time-out to get back for the 3rd set to test out his odds. He looked a bit more confident on the ball this time after starting off with a big serve to take a 1-0 lead. This followed up with Federer throwing up a big serve of his own that included a package of aces as a surprise to Cilic.
The rituals continued till the score was 3-3 when Cilic made some silly errors and gave Federer the window of opportunity to break him and so did the Swiss by breaking CIlic’s serve to take a 4-3 lead and simultaneously served out his contrary in the following game, taking the toll to 5-3 and that followed with a final serve game for the Swiss that ended with the referee announcing GAME SET MATCH! Federer rises to the occasion to end his hunt for his 8th Wimbledon title after 5 years, and lifts his favourite title.
WHAT DOES THIS WIN BRING FOR THE SWISS?
- Federer has now sealed his place in the history of Wimbledon with this win over Cilic to lift his record 8th Wimbledon title and 19th Grand Slam singles title.
- The Swiss, with this win rises to his best rankings since August 2016 i.e. World No.3, behind Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
- Federer now becomes the player with most title wins this season – with 5 title wins at Wimbledon, Indian Wells, Miami Master, US Open and Halle. He got past Rafael Nadal (4 titles) even though he has played lesser tournaments compared to the Spaniard.
- Federer has now triumphed in almost 40 grand slam matches when he was a set up from the start, after his loss to Djokovic in 2014 Wimbledon.
- The Swiss now stands with a record 19 Grand Slam titles with this win, placing himself at the 4th position, behind Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graff.
- The Swiss now becomes the oldest man of the open era to win a Wimbledon aged at 35 years 342 days.
- Federer, who waited for almost 5 years for his historic 8th Wimbledon win, now becomes the player who was a victim to the 2nd longest gap between two successive Grand Slam singles title of a particular tournament, with Jimmy Connors acing the list with a gap of 8 years.
- Federer was fantastic throughout the tournament and the record of not conceding a set throughout the tournament is a proof to it. He now becomes the 3rd player of the Open era after Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal to win multiple Grand Slams without dropping a set.
- Federer has now won 6 tournaments and 2 Grand Slams without conceding a set.
- The Swiss played his 102nd Wimbledon match with which he equals the record number previously set by Jimmy Connors. Federer has a record of 91-11.
- Federer has reached the historic milestone of winning 8 Wimbledon title, breaking the legendary record of 7 Wimbledon titles set by Pete Sampras. The Swiss is the 2nd man after Rafael Nadal to manage winning 8 titles in a single Grand Slam tournament. Rafael Nadal leads the race with 10 titles at Rolland Garros.
- This win in the finals marked Federer’s 19th final win at Grand Slam taking the toll to 19-10 Grand Slam win-loss ratio.
THE NO.1 RACE IS ON!
This win marks a hike in the Swiss’ ranking from 5th to 3rd on the ATP charts. Federer slipped to the 5th position in August 2016 but now has come back in the race for the pro spot.
Federer was delighted with his Wimbledon win and exaggerated his belief in himself winning the title again. He said, “It is special, Wimbledon has always been my favourite. Making history here really means a lot to me. “
“I have seen my heroes play here, coming and going and I can say I have become a better player because of them.”
“I knew I could do well again and I am surprised by the results I am getting this year. I guess you would have laughed too if were to tell you before I was to win 2 Slams this year. Even I wasn’t sure I was to win 2 but it has happened and it is incredible.”
The Swiss also made a point to highlight his intentions for a 9th title next year in 2018 saying, “The goal is definitely to be here the coming season and try to defend the title.”
He is now within reach of the first two with just 920 points behind Rafael Nadal and almost 1,200 points behind the crowned, Andy Murray. Though the Swiss hasn’t left any points to defend in the remainder of the season whilst on the contrary Rafael Nadal has 37- points and Murray a mind-blowing 5,460 points to defend – a result of a remarkable run the previous season.
Should Federer ace the chart by the end of the year, he will become the oldest man to be a pro on the ATP charts. The record currently stands in the name of Andre Agassi who aced it at the age of 33.
And the history favours the Swiss as 11 of the last 14 winners at Wimbledon have ended the year as the No.1 on the charts.
The Swiss holds the record of holding the No.1 spot for a 302 weeks and would surely be looking to at least enjoy those moments yet again. THE RACE IS ON!