On Sunday, 35-year-old Roger Federer ended a five-year wait for his eighth Wimbledon title. With Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal falling out of the tournament this year, Federer claimed victory over seventh seed Marin Cilic in the Centre Court.
Federer left the All England Club 12 months ago and missed the rest of 2016 recovering from a knee injury. He mentioned: "I've got to take more time off! I'll be gone again for the next six months! I don't know if it will work as well again".
He has not dropped a set throughout the tournament, winning 6-3 6-1 6-4 against Cilic. He has also become the most successful man in Wimbledon singles history, claiming his 19th career Grand Slam title.
Although it was revealed that the 28-year-old Cilic had been suffering with a blister on his left foot, he admitted that his tears in the second set were more a result of disappointment. He said: “It was just a feeling that I knew that I cannot give my best on the court, that I cannot give my best game and my best tennis, especially at this stage of my career, at such a big match”.
Federer, however showed no mercy as he wrapped up the second set 6-1 with an ace.
According to Skysports, after Cilic took a medical time out before the start of the third, there were concerns that he could become the first player to retire in a Wimbledon final since Britain's Herbert Roper Barrett in 1911.
"I gave my best. That's all I could do," Cilic said. "I never gave up when started a match. That was my idea today. That's what I did throughout my career".
Meanwhile, after performing brilliantly throughout the tournament, Federer reveals his goal to defend his title in 2018.
"Honestly, I'm incredibly surprised how well this year is going, how well I'm feeling," he said
"I knew I could do great again maybe one day, but not at this level. I guess you would have laughed, too, if I told you I was going to win two Slams this year. People wouldn't believe me if I said that.
"Holding the trophy now, after not dropping a set in the tournament, it's magical really. I can't believe it yet. It's too much."
He added: "It's disbelief I can achieve such heights. I wasn't sure I would ever be here in another final after last year. I had some tough ones in the finals, losing two against Novak.
"But I always believed. I kept on believing and dreaming I could get back. Here am I today with the eighth. It's fantastic, if you keep believing you can go far in your life."