When you reach a stage of becoming your own competitor, you have reached true success: Twitter hails Roger Federer – Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday
A combination of photographs created on July 16, 2017 shows Switzerland’s Roger Federer holding up the Wimbledon Championships trophy after winning each of his eight men’s singles titles at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, in (top L-R) 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, (bottom L-R) 2007, 2009, 2012 and July 16, 2017 (AFP)
Twitter was full of praise for Roger Federer after his historic Wimbledon win on Sunday. Federer, who didn’t lose a single set in the 2017 edition of Wimbledon decimated an injury-hit Marin Cilic to win his eighth title at the All England Lawn Tennis Championship on Sunday.
As soon as Federer raised his hands to acknowledge his eighth Wimbledon title and 19th Grand Slam overall, people on Twitter went on overdrive. Here are some of the best tweets
— Leander Paes OLY (@Leander) July 16, 2017
Leo Messi, Michael Jordan, Roger Federer. The best I've seen.
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) July 16, 2017
— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) July 16, 2017
Age is just a number. Roger Federer wins Wimbledon again. Just when everyone was busy writing him off.
— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) July 16, 2017
Roger Federer defines commitment , consistency + courage.When u reach a stage of becoming ur own competitor , you have reached true success
— Manasi Kirloskar (@ManasiKirloskar) July 16, 2017
Roger Federer win symbolises consistency, commitment, excellence. Age no bar, win bar bar!
— Uday Kotak (@udaykotak) July 16, 2017
Outrageous that Federer's brilliant victory is now being downplayed due to Cilic's supposed 'injury'.
He choked. End.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 16, 2017
Federer won 🎾 🏆
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 16, 2017
There are sporting greats and then there is Federer. Busy defying critics, age, elements and everything else that gets in between.
— Shakti Shetty (@Shakti_Shetty) July 16, 2017
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 16, 2017
The Swiss maestro, appearing in his 11th Wimbledon final, was challenged early on but once he broke a nervous Cilic in the fifth game of the opening set the match became a no-contest.
Not that Federer was concerned as, 23 days before his 36th birthday, the father of four became the oldest men’s singles champion at Wimbledon in the professional era — doing so without dropping a set throughout a glorious fortnight.
For Cilic, his first final on Centre Court became a nightmare broadcast to hundreds of millions around the globe.
After a reasonably solid start he became discombobulated and after falling 3-0 behind in the second set he slumped on his courtside chair and could be seen sobbing as a physio and tournament referee attended him.
For a moment it looked as though the final might end in a retirement for the first time since 1911.
Given sympathetic cheers by the Federer-favouring 15,000 crowd, the 28-year-old managed to regain his composure but there was no chance of Federer letting up as he accelerated towards a record-extending 19th grand slam title.
Cilic required a medical timeout after surrendering the second set in 25 minutes — a problem apparently with his foot — but it was his spirit that appeared broken.
Federer was unrelenting and with Cilic’s brain still out of contact with his legs, the Swiss third seed broke in the seventh game of the third set as his opponent crashed yet another groundstroke into the net.
The end came quickly as Federer served at 5-4 to regain the title he cherishes above all others. He missed a first match point when a forehand went wide but converted the second with his eighth ace of the match.