Roger Federer Road to Record-Breaking Eighth Wimbledon Title

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 07/18/17 09:36PM EDT

Roger Federer is the new King of Wimbledon, a resounding proof that his victories during the first half of this year were no fluke at all. Ranked No. 16 at the start of the year, Federer, who will turn 36 years old next month, has since jumped thirteen spots at No. 3 behind only Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, who currently holds the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.

Road to Record-Breaking Eighth Wimbledon Title

Federer's road to success at Wimbledon was no cakewalk as he faced four Top 15 ranked tennis players including two inside the Top 10. They are No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov (Fourth Round), No. 7 Milos Raonic (Quarterfinals), No. 15 Tomas Berdych (Semifinals) and No. 6 Marin Cilic (Finals). But of course, the early exits of Murray and Nadal only contributed to making life easier for Federer, though he has beaten the latter twice this year, at the Australian and Miami Open tournaments.

Though he faced tough opponents, Federer was able to subdue all of them without dropping a set, a feat that stands for 41 years since Bjorn Borg back in 1976. And with the title on the line, Federer made sure he carved his name on the tennis history by grabbing his eighth Wimbledon title in record-breaking fashion, 6-3, 6-1, and 6-4.

"You go through these waves of highs and lows and try to navigate through, and it's not always simple," Federer, 35, said in an interview as posted by the New York Times. "It's actually quite difficult with the amount of things in my life. You've got to still stay focused at the end of the day, and I was able to do that."

Second Grand Slam Title in 2017

With the win, Roger Federer now claims two of the Grand Slam titles this year, the first being the Australian Open where he defeated Rafael Nadal, and of course, the Wimbledon title. With the way Federer play this year, he may or may not have added the French Open title; however, he decided not to participate at the second of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

As he posted on his official website, Federer felt it is best to skip the clay court and focus on the grass and hard court. And his decision has paid off.

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