The fact that Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were both knocked out at the quarter-finals, while Rafael Nadal didn’t get beyond the fourth round, doesn’t take anything away from Roger Federer’s incredible showing as he won his record eighth Wimbledon title.
The 35-year-old didn’t lose a single set on his way to his 19th Grand Slam title. The Swiss sensation defeated Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to cement his status in the eyes of many as the GOAT.
What makes Federer’s latest achievement even more impressive is the fact that he was counted out after missing much of the 2016 season through injury.
But he’s returned in spectacular fashion, winning both of the Grand Slams that he’s played in after winning the Australian Open in January and skipping the French Open.
And with Murray and Djokovic both nursing injuries, how can he not be considered the favourite when the US Open gets underway next month?
Becker: Tennis needs Federer
Federer turns 36 next month and has admitted he would retire if he ever felt that the travelling became too much for himself and his family.
But three-time Wimbledon player Boris Becker believes tennis needs Federer for at least two more years.
“Tennis needs him for a couple more years. Roger Federer has got the biggest following of possibly any sports in the world,” Becker told the BBC.
“I think we have two players watching this secretly somewhere - one is called Andy Murray, one is called Novak Djokovic, they can take this as an incentive to come back when you're healthy.”
Federer's Wikipedia page was edited
Rather humorously, Federer’s Wikipedia page was changed after he lifted his eighth Wimbledon title to reflect his status as the king of SW19.
His name was altered to ‘The King of Grass (Roger Federer)’ and the caption under his photo read: ‘The GOAT at 2009 Wimbledon where he broke the Grand Slam record’.
Check it out below.
It wasn’t the first time on Sunday that someone changed Federer’s Wikipedia page. Hours before the match got underway, he was declared the 2017 Wimbledon champion.
You’ll be hard pushed to find a sportsman or woman as popular as Federer.
He has won the tour’s fan vote for favourite player 14 years in a row and, if he isn’t playing against the home favourite, will always have the support of those watching him.
Tennis will never see anyone like him again.
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