Roger Federer Made Sporting History As He Claimed An Unprecedented Eighth Men’s Wimbledon Title

Roger Federer made sporting history as he claimed an unprecedented eighth men’s Wimbledon title in front of a glittering array of royals and celebrities in London.  He kissed the trophy like an old flame which, in many ways, it is. Eight times he has won it. Eight times he has stood on Centre Court, drinking in a moment like this. He turned to his courtside entourage, then the rest of the arena, arms aloft, his genius now undisputed.

Roger Federer is officially the greatest player Wimbledon has seen. His 19 open era titles are already a record for the men’s game; this victory moved him finally past Pete Sampras, once the king of SW19. No more. This is Federer’s turf now, and not for the first time, he reduced a final opponent to tears.

This is the moment Roger Federer became the first male tennis player to get his hands on the Wimbledon trophy on eight separate occasions

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Roger Federer celebrates after beating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 at Wimbledon to claim his eight singles crown without dropping a set

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Federer smashed down an ace to beat his 28-year-old opponent from Croatia in a somewhat one-side SW19 men’s singles final

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Cilic breaks down in tears as he receives assistance during the final against Federer, which he never looked as though he was going to win after a slow start

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With seemingly no way back against the dominant favourite, the emotion of the occasion and medical issues was all to much for the 28-year-old to bear

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Mirka, the wife of Switzerland’s Roger Federer sits in the players box with their children as their father made Wimbledon history this afternoon

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Charlene Riva Federer, Myla Rose Federer, Lenny Federer and Leo Federer watch on with their mother Mirka and grandmother Lynette

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The two sets of twins waited patiently in the players box as they watched their father take on Marin Cilic in the men’s singles final on Centre Court

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The whole family were in attendance to watch Roger Federer claim his eighth Wimbledon title during a glittering career

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat in the royal box for the Wimbledon final for Roger Federer play Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon final

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An adoring mob consisting of hundreds of fans wait below the Centre Court balcony as their hero stands above them holding his trophy aloft

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Federer parades his trophy on the winner’s balcony, in something that is becoming a familiar sight for fans of the All England Championships

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A smartly-dressed James Middleton smiles as he carries a tray of drinks to his entourage inside Centre Court

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Meanwhile, over in the Royal Box the spectators are brought to raptures of applause by the action unfolding in front of them

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Kate shows her tender side by wiping William’s chin after the price appears to spill a small smudge of something down himself

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However, her mother Carole and sister Pippa were sat with the punters in the ‘cheap’ seats, which still cost well into three figures

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share a joke as Prince William points out something amusing inside the stadium

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The Duchess of Cambridge, who is a Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, takes her seat ahead of the big match on Centre Court

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Carole, Pippa and James Middleton all sit together as the two tennis giants battle it out on the court for the Wimbledon title

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Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent and Prince Albert II of Monaco look on from the centre court royal box

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Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip arrive to take their seats in the Royal Box ahead of Sunday’s match

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Mrs May appeared jovial as she shared a laugh with fellow spectators, despite her current troubles in her day job

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The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, surveys the scene just before the players make their way out onto the court for the final

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Michael of Kent and Prince Albert II of Monaco sitting in the Royal box as they watch the action unfold

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Uma Thurman (left) and Sienna Miller (right) cheer during a point of the final between Federer and Cilic on Centre Court

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Hollywood stars Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Garfield share a laugh inside the Royal Box just before the match gets underway

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Redmayne then turned his affections another follow A-list actor in Bradley Cooper, who is a huge tennis fan and is seen at SW19 almost every year

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Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper and French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault sat next to each other during the match

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Roger Federer’s wife Mirka and father Robert watch their son as he takes an one-set lead against Marin Cilic in the final of the men’s singles tournament

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Chelsea football manager Antonio Conte took time out from his season’s pre-season schedule to watch the match on Centre Court

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Marin Cilic stretches to reach a shot from Roger Federer during the first set of their Wimbledon final on Sunday afternoon

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Federer serves during the final, which he had not lost a set on the way to reaching. Cilic has had a far more arduous reach to Sunday’s climax

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Marin Cilic found himself with it all today as Federer came out of the blocks with all the skill and brilliance of a man who has won every set this tournament

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The 35-year-old Swiss kisses the Wimbledon trophy after comprehensively beating Cilic in one of the most one-sided finals in recent history

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Roger Federer and Marin Cilic lining up before starting their Wimbledon final – a first for Cilic, but Federer is already a veteran of 11 previous finals

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Sienna Miller (right) was another of the celebrity faces dotted around Centre Court for this afternoon’s Wimbledon final

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Chelsea football duo Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso arrives at SW19 to watch the match between Federer and Cilic

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Their teammate Cesc Fabregas was carrying a smart-casual look as he wore a blazer and white trainers, accompanied by girlfriend Daniella Semaan

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Tamara Ecclestone’s husband, Jay Rutland, speaks on his mobile phone while out and about in the Wimbledon crowds

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Britain’s Jordanne Whiley (left) and Yui Kamiji with the trophy after beating Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot the Ladies’ Wheelchair doubles final

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Two of Roger Federer’s fans show their colours as they arrive with a cup of Pimms for the men’s final this afternoon

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Spectators without seats inside the stadium were seen sprinting up Henman Hill – or Murray Mound has it is now commonly known – in order to get the best seat on the traditionally atmospheric spot

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Another young man was very keen to make sure he got a prime seat on the bank in order to watch today’s men’s singles final between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic

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And it did not take long for Henman Hill to start filling up with supporters, as crowds started forming more than two hours before Federer took to the court

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Firemen pose in front of the Fred Perry statue outside of centre court. The clothing maker remains Britain’s most successful male at Wimbledon, with three titles

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Spectators are led into the grounds at the start of the thirteenth and final day of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Club

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Roger Federer makes his way through a a huge throng of spectators following his final training session before facing Cilic on centre court

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The crowds were milling around the famous old site in plenty of time, as they did not want out on the best sports to watch the tennis

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A young spectator carries a giant tennis ball to play with as more groups make their way inside the ground for the competition’s showpiece event

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Federer practices ahead of his Wimbledon final with Cilic, in which he will be bidding to win the men’s singles title for a record eighth time

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source : dailymail.co.uk

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