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Wimbledon champion Roger Federer books return to London in November — ATP Finals

Wimbledon 2017 Venus Williams Roger Federer arrives at Wimbledon Champions Dinner after record eighth victory as Garbine Muguruza gets set to dance with the GOAT
Kristopher Love | 18 July, 2017, 05:45

0 - Only Bjorn Borg (3; Wimbledon 1976, Roland Garros 1978 and 1980) and Rafa Nadal (3; Roland Garros 2008, 2010 and 2017) have won more grand slam titles than Roger Federer (2; Australian Open 2007 and Wimbledon 2017) without conceding a set.

Federer then served up two love service games before claiming the opener 6-3 off a Cilic double fault, the Croatian's second of the final.

Federer has now hinted that he would miss the Montreal Masters and feature only in Cincinnati ahead of the fourth major of the season, the US Open, where he has not clinched victory since 2008.

"The physios here helped me over the last 30 hours". So I'm happy with that.

Federer's previous Wimbledon win came in 2012. He also is the only man to ever win eight singles titles at the All England Club. The win moves him above both Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who each have won seven titles at the grass-court major.

35 - No female player recorded more aces than Johanna Konta (35), as she became the first female British player to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1978.

And with just few weeks left to his 36th birthday, Federer insisted that if his health permits then he would be playing the tournament until he is 40. "Sometimes you don't feel great in the final and it's cruel".

"I had an fantastic journey here".

He said: 'I guess it's again disbelief that I can achieve such heights and I wasn't sure I would ever be here again in another final.

"It was actually very hard to focus on the match, as well, as my mind was all the time blocked with the pain."It was tough for me to focus on the tactics, on the things that I needed to do". I think it was 45 to beat a player [ranked] between two and five. "We tried to take some fluid out overnight, and yesterday in the morning it was worse. Of course I'm nervous because I always dreamed about winning it, but I was composed". The doctors and physios were trying to help as much as they could. "She played really well. I was just really a normal guy growing up in Basel, hoping to make a career on the tennis tour". "Here I am with an eighth title, it's fantastic". I know you can easily get sucked into that mode when you don't want to attack, but if you can't volley you are not going to go to the net. It's just about getting over the line. "It's incredible", Muguruza said after the match.

There was silence in the other end, till the men's final got over. And to play (Venus) here. she has won five times, she's an expert.

Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza, this year's king and queen of Wimbledon, joined a host of tennis stars and celebrities at last night's Champions' Ball. I walk away with 2000 points.

Serena Williams has not competed since January because she is pregnant.

Muguruza was later was shown her name on the list of champions in the stadium's lobby.