Earlier today, Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon singles championship and 19th Grand Slam singles title by defeating Marin Cilic in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.
The victory, his first at Wimbledon since 2012, made Federer the oldest man to win at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968. It also broke Federer’s historical tie with William Renshaw and Pete Sampras, who each won Wimbledon seven times.
Federer also became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win Wimbledon without dropping a set."The tournament I played, not dropping a set, it’s magical really,"
Federer said in the postmatch ceremony with the trophy back in his hands.
Earlier in 2016, the Swiss tennis legend had surgery on his left knee, then sat out the French Open because of a bad back, ending a record streak of participating in 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. Then, after Wimbledon, he did not play at all the rest of the year, skipping the Rio Olympics, the U.S. Open and everything else in an attempt to let his knee fully heal.
After surprising himself by winning the Australian Open in January, the Rolex ambassador skipped the clay-court swing and the French Open to better prepare himself for grass and the venerable major tournament that suits his game and improvisational ability best.
Will a victory at the U.S. Open be on the cards to cap a remarkable comeback?