Federer rolls to eighth Wimbledon title, 19th major
(TSX / STATS) -- Ageless Roger Federer cruised to an historic eighth Wimbledon title for his 19th Grand Slam on Sunday.
The 35-year-old Swiss continued his resurgent season and unchallenged run, dominating seventh-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 on Centre Court at the All England Club in London.
Federer, seeded No. 3, won every set he played throughout the two-week run in this year's tournament to capture his second Grand Slam of the year. He last won the grass-court major in 2012.
As Federer ended the match with an ace after just one hour, 41 minutes of play, he raised both arms overhead and later wiped 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 in his on-court interview after the record win. "And I'm happy I kept on believing and dreaming, and here I am today for the eighth. It's fantastic."
Federer becomes the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era, which dates to 1968. He also is the only man to ever win eight singles titles at the All England Club.
The win moves Federer past Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who each won seven Wimbledon titles for the most in men's history of the event first held in 1877.
Federer won the Australian Open in January for his 18th Grand Slam title and then decided to skip the clay-court season, including the French Open, to prepare for the grass and hard-court seasons, with his eye on Wimbledon.
"It's cruel sometimes and he's a hero so congratulations on a wonderful tournament," Federer told Cilic afterwards. "Sometimes you don't feel great in the final and it's cruel."
Federer, three weeks shy of turning 36, is now 7-1 in head-to-head matches against Cilic, who beat Federer in the U.S. Open semifinals in 2014 on his way to his only major title.
"I gave my best, that's all I could do," Cilic said. "I had an amazing journey here. Played my best tennis here and I want to thank my team for being an incredible strength. It was really tough today, I gave it my all and I hope to come back here and give it one more chance."
Federer, ranked fifth in the world, will move up two spots to No. 3 in the ATP Rankings released on Monday.
"I've got to take more time off," Federer joked as his twin girls and twin boys watched their father kiss the trophy he first won in 2003.