Roger Federer claimed a record eighth Wimbledon title at the All England Club, beating Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in the final. It was Federer’s second Grand Slam title of the year after winning the Australian Open in January. Many people felt that The Swiss was well past his best after enduring a near 5 year barren spell in terms of Grand Slams but after claiming two this year, it seems that may not be the case.
Federer was as close to his best as possible over the course of the tournament, dispatching Canadian Milos Raonic and Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets en route to the final. Many would claim that the final against Cilic was a lot easier than it should have been with the Croatian appearing to struggle with blisters. With him not being fully fit or mobile, it allowed Federer to pick him off with great precision play.
Injuries seemed to play a part in a few of the big hitters exiting the tournament. World Number One, Andy Murray, fell at the quarter final stage, losing to American Sam Querrey. You could blame the defeat, in part, on a long-standing hip issue which progressively got worse in the run up to Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic also fell victim to injury as he was forced to retire during his quarter final clash with Czech Tomas Berdych. The Serb, who would have once again been named World Number One if he had won the tournament, was 7-6 (7-2) 2-0 down when an elbow injury forced him to retire.
Over recent times, Wimbledon has been a tough place for Rafael Nadal to come and challenge due to recurring knee complaints. A tight affair with Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller saw Nadal pushed all the way but Muller emerged the victor and Nadal was eliminated at the last 16 stage.
You can’t take away the great achievement made by Roger Federer as he rolled back the years to lift the Wimbledon Men’s Single crown but some would argue that injuries to his main rivals as well as their poor form, played a pivotal role in his success.
It was a tournament that provided a few shocks, one being Daniil Medvedev’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over No.5 seed, Stan Wawrinka. World No.49 Medvedev dispatched three-time Grand Slam winner Wawrinka after two hours and thirteen minutes through a service winner.
Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis who was ranked at No.589 in the world, only managed to enter the tournament through a protected ranking after a serious wrist injury. He left everybody gobsmacked as he eliminated No.29 seed, Juan Martin Del Potro, in straight sets.
There was controversy and the unexpected happened, but it was a great tournament that kept tennis fans around the world entertained throughout. It was great to see Roger Federer with his name in lights once again and although things may have fallen right for him on his way to victory, it is still a remarkable achievement.
It will be interesting to see how he fairs going forward, especially when the likes of Murray and Djokovic return to fitness.