Tennis: Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon as Cilic bid ends in tears

The 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory over Marin Cilic was a brutal demolition job, as the Croat's blistered feet rendered him easy pickings. "I gave it my best - it's all I can do", said Cilic who was still emotional at the trophy presentation.

The BBC and Eurosport pundit, 51, added: "She needs more variety and I know her team are working hard on this". We had a great time. The last hour or so I'm somewhat okay again.

American Sam Querrey had the tournament of his life at Wimbledon.

Cilic said afterward he developed a painful blister on his left foot during his semifinal Friday, and that affected his ability to move properly or summon the intimidating serves that carried him to his lone Grand Slam title at the 2014 U.S. Open, where he surprisingly beat Federer in the semifinals. It just came out that way, to show the people that, yes, of course I hope to defend my title and, of course, I wish to be back here next year.

Professional tennis has returned to Newport this week with the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open, the grass-court tournament known for decades as the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

The New Yorker contributing writer Louisa Thomas joined Off The Ball to discuss the seeds of Federer's return to the top of the tennis world and the sheer beauty of his style of play.

In fact, rather than rivaling Federer, Tiger has been relegated to a spectator who looks on in awe.

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Tennis: Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon as Cilic bid ends in tears

Despite the tournament in ending for Cilic in pain, does Bjorkman feel things have finally kicked into gear again for the tall Croatian?

35 - No female player recorded more aces than Johanna Konta (35), as she became the first female British player to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1978.

Backing up his win at the Australian Open earlier this year, Federer's Wimbledon triumph was the 19th Grand Slam crown of his storied career. Four years after that he defeated Andy Murray under Wimbledon's new roof in an attacking display from a set-down. But I have just got to always remind myself that health comes first at this point.

"If you see other sports and their ambassadors, favourites and leaders, he stands above every single one of them right now", Novak Djokovic's former coach told The Evening Standard. "I can really start picking and choosing my moments when to attack [the rankings]". "I'm not saying I'm like him, but I was 36 and I played singles and doubles, I played a lot of matches", said Bjorkman.

Fittingly, he too wept at the end.

Croft, who was 19 when she made it to No.24 in the world before suddenly quitting the circuit, echoed those sentiments.

As for the girls, he said: "They enjoy to watch a little bit". "I haven't set a sight on a number of grand slams; I was very content at 17, that was a wonderful number".

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