Wimbledon: Roger Federer wins record 8th title and 19th Grand Slam

Djokovic retires from Wimbledon quarter-final v Berdych

Djokovic retires from Wimbledon quarter-final v Berdych

The Spaniard earned her first grand slam at Roland Garros, beating Serena Williams in the final, but then meekly capitulated at Wimbledon to Jana Cepelova in the second round, also experiencing early elimination at the Rio Olympics and the US Open.

The seven-time champion at the All England Club will face Marin Cilic on Centre Court for the Wimbledon title.

"Digesting success is difficult".

The Swiss, level with Britain's William Renshaw and American Pete Sampras on seven titles, is rejuvenated after taking a six-month break last year and enters the final as the clear favourite having not dropped a set in the tournament.

Here's what it means for the record books and this once-in-a-lifetime athlete's remarkable legacy.

"It's a dream to play here really, and I hope this wasn't my last match, and I hope I can come back next year and try to defend the title", was his parting shot to the faithful. If you do, you must have so much talent and parents and the coaches that push you from the age of three on, who think you're like a project.

Those who doubted him were made to eat their words in 2017, though, as a refreshed Federer ploughed through the men's draw and took apart an out-of-sorts Cilic in the final with another glorious display.

Federer continued to do what he had to do and, after clinching victory with an ace, raised his fists in the air.

"I've not set my sights on a number of grand slams that I have to or want to achieve", he explained.

Federer's CV is the stuff of books and movies, and no doubt his life will one day be commemorated on screen, like the exploits of John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, without the swearing.

The Swiss maestro collected a 19th grand slam trophy on Centre Court with a 6-3 6-1 6-4 win over Marin Cilic - the 93rd title of his mesmeric career. "At the US Open, he played unreal there against me", Federer said. He improves his record in Wimbledon finals to 8-3.

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The superlative Swiss has lost none of his popularity but, at 35, only his most ardent fans rated him as a leading contender for the title at Melbourne Park, but he racked up a fifth Aussie title with a stunning five set triumph over old rival Rafael Nadal.

"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, who will be 36 in three weeks' time, became the oldest Wimbledon champion of the modern era after beating Marin Cilic.

The Fed Express won his first US Open title and third major of the year with a 6-0 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 victory over Australian Lleyton Hewitt. To be able to do it again would definitely mean, I would say, even more because I know how much it meant for me to win that first one. This is the third time he has advanced to the final without losing a set, a fact he did not know, surprisingly. Not to mention day-night Tests have been introduced to boost the sagging interest in Test cricket.

Turns out six months away from the tour were all that was needed to enliven the game of tennis' most spectacular showpiece.

Rafa Nadal was second, possibly a reflection of his ability to adapt from his beloved clay to win on the grass of Wimbledon at the age of 22.

Andy Murray held a huge lead at the start of the year but the Scot is now hanging on to the No.1 ranking by a thread, with 7750 points ahead of Nadal (7465).