ELITE EIGHT

FED­ERER WINS WIMBLEDON CROWN FOR 19TH MA­JOR TI­TLE

New York Post - - SPORTS - By HOWARD FEN­DRICH

LON­DON — Roger Fed­erer’s wait for No. 8 at Wimbledon is over.

He is once again the cham­pion of the grass-court Grand Slam tour­na­ment, now more of­ten than any other man in the his­tory of an event first held in 1877.

Fed­erer won his eighth ti­tle at the All Eng­land Club and 19th ma­jor tro­phy over­all, cap­ping a mar­velous fort­night in which he never dropped a set by over­whelm­ing Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 on Sun­day in a lop­sided fi­nal that was more coro­na­tion than con­test.

When it ended on an ace from Fed­erer af­ter merely 1 hour, 41 min­utes, he raised both arms over­head. Soon, he was sit­ting on the side­line, wip­ing tears from his eyes.

“I al­ways be­lieved that I could maybe come back and do it again. And if you be­lieve, you can go re­ally, re­ally far in your life, and I did that,” Fed­erer said. “And I’m happy I kept on be­liev­ing and dream­ing and here I am to­day for the eighth. It’s fan­tas­tic.”

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.

The gold tro­phy he was de­nied on those oc­ca­sions was in Fed­erer’s hands Sun­day. He turns 36 on Aug. 8, mak­ing the fa­ther of four the old­est man to win Wimbledon in the Open era. Both of his sets of twins — boys, 3, in their light blue blaz­ers; girls, 7, in their dresses — were in the guest box for the tro­phy cer­e­mony.

One son stuck a cou­ple of fin­gers in his mouth; a daugh­ter grabbed her brother’s hand.

“They have no clue what’s on. They think it’s prob­a­bly a nice view and a nice play­ground. But it’s not quite like that here, so one day hope­fully they’ll un­der­stand,” Fed­erer said about his boys.

As for the girls, he said: “They en­joy to watch a lit­tle bit. They come for the fi­nals, I guess.”

When Dad is Roger Fed­erer, you can wait un­til the last Sun­day to show up.

Truly, this out­come was only in doubt for about 20 min­utes, the amount of time it took Fed­erer to grab his first lead.

Cilic said after­ward he de­vel­oped a painful blis­ter on his left foot dur­ing his semi­fi­nal Fri­day, and that af­fected his abil­ity to move prop­erly or sum­mon the in­tim­i­dat­ing serves that car­ried him to his lone Grand Slam ti­tle at the 2014 U.S. Open, where he sur­pris­ingly beat Fed­erer in straight sets in the semi­fi­nals.

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HARD TO BE­LIEVE: Roger Fed­erer re­acts af­ter de­feat­ing Marin Cilic on Sun­day for his record eighth Wimbledon crown. It was also his 19th ma­jor ti­tle vic­tory.

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