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Wimbledon's supreme champion Federer vows to return and defend his crown

17 Juillet 2017

Cilic was not 100 percent fit in the matchup as his left foot suffered from blisters.

The problem with that is nobody dominates on grass in men's professional tennis quite like Federer. The Swiss sensation also performed that feat when winning the 2007 Australian Open. Federer lifted his eighth Wimbledon title and the 19th Grand Slam of his career on Sunday at Wimbledon. In the first set, both players got off to rocky starts.

At 3-0, he sobbed uncontrollably into his towel as he discussed the situation with the doctor and it looked like he might not be able to continue.

It became more and more apparent that Cilic was also dealing with an injury, and Federer loosened up even more.

41 - Since losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2014 Wimbledon decider, Federer has now won 41 consecutive matches when leading by a set. At the changeover, Cilic slumped in his courtside chair in tears and in obvious pain. The injury caused Cilic to have his worst set of the matchup by scoring only a single point.

The doctor and physio returned at the end of the set and spoke to Cilic for a prolonged period of time. The Swiss won the first set 6-3.

Cilic once again showed great courage and character to take 3-2 lead.

"I had an unbelievable journey here, played the best tennis of my life and I really want to thank my team, they gave so much strength to me and of course to all my fans in Croatia". Only Martina Navratilova has more Wimbledon titles - nine. Fourteen years later, Federer, now the father of four young children, was clean-cut and clean-shaven as he defeated Cilic to win his eighth.

"It means the world to me to hold this trophy, particularly when I haven't dropped a set", said Federer on BBC after the match.

"I wasn't serving very good today because of that".

Wimbledon's supreme champion Federer vows to return and defend his crown