Ruthless Roger Federer defeated suffering Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles crowns on Sunday, five years after landing his seventh.
The Swiss maestro, appearing in his 11th Wimbledon final, was challenged early on, but once he broke a nervous Cilic in the fifth game of the opening set, the match became a no-contest.
Not that Federer was concerned as, 23 days before his 36th birthday, the father of four became the oldest men's singles champion at Wimbledon in the professional era — taking the title back without dropping a set throughout the fortnight.
It continued a remarkable resurgence by Federer, who returned from six months off at the start of the year to win the Australian Open — ending a five-year wait for an 18th grand slam many thought would remain elusive.
Now he has 19 and looks capable of adding more.
Twitter erupted with joy as Federer stormed to the title, with many declaring him as the "Greatest Of All Time". Take a look at some of the best tweets after Federer's historic victory.
Former tennis players as well as Federer's peers hailed his incredible achievement.
A record 8 Wimbledon championships and a lifetime of being a champion on and off the court and @rogerfederer is the greatest of all time
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) July 16, 2017
So special to witness historically moment... @rogerfederer please never stops to play #tennis !! #19 #8th @Wimbledon #RogerFederer for ever pic.twitter.com/h0aZB7VNSh — Marion bartoli (@bartoli_marion) July 16, 2017
— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) July 16, 2017
🐐 🐐 🐐 🐐 🐐 🐐 🐐 🐐 🐐 — John Isner (@JohnIsner) July 16, 2017
— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) July 16, 2017
— Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) July 14, 2017
Leading names in other sports, from golfers to footballers, congratulated the Swiss ace.
Leo Messi, Michael Jordan, Roger Federer. The best I've seen.
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) July 16, 2017
8 Wimbledon titles.... incredible — Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) July 16, 2017
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) July 16, 2017
Is Federer one of the greatest sportspersons ever? Record 19 Grand Slams, 8 Wimbledon titles. In my opinion he's right up there — Pankaj Advani (@PankajAdvani247) July 16, 2017
Commentators, sports journalists and analysts expressed their amazement over Federer's longevity and praised his performances this fortnight.
— Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman) July 16, 2017
Probably the ultimate testament to Federer's greatness is that at 35 he has never made winning a major look more boring.
— Brian Phillips (@brianphillips) July 16, 2017
Federer at Wimbledon: No. 1 and No. 8 pic.twitter.com/2fmp45f7b3
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) July 16, 2017
Why is Federer so important? Because he is central to the idea that beauty and perfection can sit so comfortably side by side. And magic. — Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) July 16, 2017
Federer and Rafael Nadal have won the first three Majors after being forced to spend a large part of the last season on the sidelines with injuries. What year is this, again?
Australian Open: Federer
Indian Wells: Federer
Monte Carlo: Nadal
French Open: Nadal
— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) July 16, 2017
Nike paid tribute with a video highlighting Federer's dominance on grass.
— Nike (@Nike) July 16, 2017
Federer took to Twitter as well to celebrate his win. "No 19 tastes great," he tweeted.
With inputs from Reuters
Published Date: Jul 16, 2017 22:35 PM | Updated Date: Jul 16, 2017 22:35 PM