Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Marin Cilic of Croatia in the Wimbledon men’s singles final. For the second time in a row, he defeated the world number 1 and defending champion at Wimbledon, having knocked out Novak Djokovic a year ago. Really I was too slow basically to react. After the ball, we went to a bar and there were nearly 30 to 40 friends that were there, so we had a great time.
“The first five, six games was really good tennis, exactly the way we were hoping, crowd was hoping, that it was going to be this great battle, ” said Jonas Bjorkman, Cilic’s coach. I didn’t feel I hit the ball as good there, like on Centre Court.
‘I hope it isn’t my final match here and hopefully I can come back next year and defend the title’.
If we had more sporting role models like these two tennis players we’d all be a lot better off.
Sitting proudly reunited with his favourite trophy back at a near-deserted Wimbledon, Federer told reporters: “My head’s ringing, I don’t know what I did last night”.
Roger Federer has won the second set 6-1 against Marin Cilic in the men’s final at Wimbledon.
First of all, there’s the no-way-around-it matter of his age: Federer turns 36 on August 8; he is the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era, which began in 1968. The 35-year-old also warned the game’s younger generation they need to vary their style if they want to stop the old-guard toasting more grand slam successes in the future. And I’m happy I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today for the eighth. “We tried to take some fluid out overnight, and yesterday in the morning it was worse. Winning two is already pretty insane and plenty good enough for me”.
“I look at the stats and, whatever round it is, I see that the guy I’m going to face is playing 2 per cent of serve and volley throughout the championship”.
“Also I was just not able to set up properly on the balls”.
“He’s a hero”, Federer said of his opponent. Federer followed that up by defeating Cilic past year in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, but Federer is 35 and Cilic, at 28, is one of the biggest hitters in the game. “It’s fantastic, if you keep believing you can go far in your life”. You know there is not much possibility that you’re going to win.
Federer said he drew inspiration from the longevity of other sporting greats, including Usain Bolt.
Federer’s latest victory pushed up to No.3 behind Andy Murray and Nadal.