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Federer up to ATP No. 3 after Wimbledon; Muguruza WTA No. 5

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer wins his 19th major Federer up to ATP No. 3 after Wimbledon; Muguruza WTA No. 5
Montrelle Montesinos | 18 Julio, 2017, 04:31

The Wimbledon men's final this Sunday pits the tennis player who has won the most titles on grass, Switzerland's Roger Federer with 18, against the one with the highest percentage of wins on grass courts this year, Croatian Marin Cilic with 12 victories and just two losses.

Capping a marvelous fortnight in which he never dropped a set, Federer won his eighth Wimbledon trophy and 19th Grand Slam championship overall by overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in merely 1 hour, 41 minutes on Sunday.

Kerber lost in the first round at the French Open, then the fourth round of Wimbledon. I wasn't serving very good today because of that. "Funnily enough, I didn't think that much of it throughout today, throughout the trophy ceremony". It's just belief, that I can achieve such heights. "So to be Wimbledon champion for an entire year now is something I can't wait, you know, to savour and just enjoy". After a set and a half (6-3, 3-0), the Balkan giant (1.98 m) broke into tears on his bench.

For the Croatian, this Wimbledon could be historic, because if he wins, he will be the first player outside the Big Four (Andy Murray, Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Federer) to take the title since 2002.

The Swiss extended his Wimbledon finals appearance record to 11, well clear of Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Arthur Gore, all on seven.

Cilic beat S. Qerrey 6-7,6-4,7-6,7-6 in the semi finals.

He is now on track to regain the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in five years.

"I've got to take more time off", he joked after the match.

"I felt that my level of tennis in the past several weeks is really on a high level, and that has given me a lot of consistency with my mindset".

It's the third time Federer has reached the Wimbledon final without dropping a set en route. "So I just have to check the situation, if it's worth it to run after it or not".

"Maybe when you're doubting yourself, they reassure you", added Federer. You always worry that you might not get to play another match out there, but fortunately this year I will.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

"It was tough for me to focus on the tactics, on the things that I needed to do".

"Every time I had to do a reaction fast, fast change of movement, I was unable to do that", said the 28-year-old.

"Obviously it was very tough emotionally because I know how much I went through last few months in preparation with everything".

"It was very, very difficult to deal with it".

Federer's victory ensured the world's most important title remained in the possession of the Big Four.

Urged on by a centre court crowd desperate to avoid the tournament's first retirement in a men's final since 1911, Cilic lifted.

And he is the second oldest to win a major in the professional era behind Ken Rosewall, who was 37 years and 62 days when he won the 1972 Australian Open.

"We played here last year and I had to come back from two sets to love and match point down", Federer said.

Rosewall (three times) and Federer (twice) are the only players to win multiple majors after turning 35.

Contesting his 102nd match at Wimbledon, Federer notched his 91st victory at the All England Club - seven more than next-best Connors (84). The Swiss won the first set 6-3.