“It’s been a long road,” Federrer said.
After two weeks in the famed grass courts, Roger Federrer made sporting history as he claimed his 8th men’s Wimbledon title in front of fans and celebrities in London.
Federrer showed a masterclass performance to defeat his Croatian opponent Marin Cilic in three straight sets 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to claim the Wimbledon title on Sunday.
“Wimbledon was always my favorite tournament. Will always be my favourite tournament,” said Federer, who will turn 36 next month.
“I was more just so happy that I was able to win Wimbledon again because it’s been a long road, it’s been an exciting road. It’s been tough at times, but that’s how it’s supposed to be,” he added.
His first major title came at Wimbledon in 2003, and was followed by others in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He won again in 2009 and 2012. But then he lost finals in 2014 and 2015 to Novak Djokovic.
His opponent Cilic said afterward that he developed a painful blister on his left food during his semifinal match last Friday and that affected his movement during the match.
“I gave it my best. That’s all I could do,” he said.
“Very tough emotionally,” Cilic added, whose foot was re-taped by a trainer after the second set. “I knew that I cannot give my best on the court.”
Watch the highlights of the game here.