Wimbledon cham­pion

Roger Fed­erer claims his eighth men’s sin­gles ti­tle.

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times sam.farmer@la­times.com

Switzer­land’s Roger Fed­erer cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning his eighth men’s sin­gles ti­tle at Wimbledon. He de­feated Croa­tia’s Marin Cilic in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.

LONDON — An­other record for the great Roger Fed­erer.

He has now con­ducted the most ex­pen­sive ten­nis clinic in his­tory.

The frus­trated stu­dent Sunday was Croa­tia’s Marin Cilic, play­ing in his first Wimbledon fi­nal. Fed­erer, a vet­eran of 11, coolly dis­patched him 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, mak­ing it look less like a match and more like a vic­tory lap.

It was an un­prece­dented eighth Wimbledon ti­tle for Fed­erer.

“Win­ning eight is not some­thing you can ever aim for,” said the Swiss great, who turns 36 next month.

Fed­erer’s eight Wimbledon ti­tles are sur­passed only by Rafael Nadal’s 10 French Opens.

“Wimbledon was ... will al­ways be my fa­vorite tour­na­ment,” said Fed­erer, who won the first of his 19 Grand Slams at the All Eng­land Club. “My he­roes walked the grounds here.”

Fed­erer didn’t lose a set in the tour­na­ment. It was his first Wimbledon ti­tle since 2012. The match was over in a breezy 1 hour, 41 min­utes, the same time it took Fed­erer to beat Andy Rod­dick in the 2005 fi­nal.

Com­ing off knee surgery last year, Fed­erer lost in the semi­fi­nals at Wimbledon. He then took the rest of the year off and spent it with his fam­ily. Amaz­ingly, he essen­tially came in cold and won the Aus­tralian Open, then skipped the clay-court sea­son, in­clud­ing the French Open.

He re­turned again and won Wimbledon.

“Hon­estly, I’m in­cred­i­bly sur­prised how well this year is go­ing,” he said. “I knew I could do great again maybe one day, but not at this level.”

Fed­erer is the old­est man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era, which be­gan in 1968.

The 6-foot-6 Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open cham­pion, wasn’t over­pow­ered but buck­led un­der the weight of a slew of un­forced er­rors and was both­ered by a blis­ter on the ball of his left foot.

Of course, this wasn’t a case of Cilic los­ing the match. Fed­erer im­posed his will and won it.

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Roger Fed­erer hoists the Wimbledon tro­phy Sunday af­ter win­ning his record eighth ti­tle at the All Eng­land Club.

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