Roger Federer Beats Marin Cilic to Win Record 8th Wimbledon Men's Final

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during the Men's Singles Quarter Finals match against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer has added another achievement to his illustrious career.

The tennis legend won his 19th Grand Slam title and his eighth at Wimbledon on Sunday, defeating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in London.

Even at 35, Federer has remained in top form. After a five-year drought at the Grand Slams, Federer has won two this season following his conquest at the Australian Open in January. He's now an impressive 20-2 on the season and is the first man in history to compile eight Wimbledon titles.

"I wasn't sure if I was ever going to be here again in another finals," he said after the match, per Tennis.com. "I kept on believing and dreaming."

Tennis player John Isner saluted Federer after the latter's victory:

Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique also showed Federer some love, putting him in the company of several other greats:

Federer was nothing short of dominant in his straight-sets victory, ripping eight aces and 23 winners while winning 81.1 percent of his first-serve points. He won five of his 10 break-point opportunities and had just eight unforced errors, compared to 23 for Cilic, per Wimbledon.com.

Perhaps most impressively, Federer didn't drop a single set in the entirety of the tournament.

Writer Brian Phillips was impressed with how effortless Federer made it seem:

Health was a major factor Sunday, however, as it has been for the entire tournament. Cilic appeared to hurt his foot during the match and was reduced to tears at one point as medical personnel examined the injury. He continued, but it was clear he wasn't playing at 100 percent.

Cilic said after the match that the issue was a blister that hampered his movement and also impacted his play in the semifinals, per Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.

Facing Federer in full health is a daunting task. Facing him at anything less is a near impossible one.

"Better than holding the trophy and winning today is just being healthy," Federer said, per Tennis.com, adding of Cilic: "He fought well. He is a hero."

Injuries were a major storyline in the men's draw. Novak Djokovic retired in the quarterfinals, one of 10 players to withdraw early, while Andy Murray acknowledged he had been dealing with hip issues.

As the U.S. Open approaches later this summer, it's hard to imagine anyone being favored ahead of Federer in New York.