Roger Federer came up with a sensational display to dismantle an injury-hit Marin Cilic en route to a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday.
The Swiss great lifted the golden trophy yet again, and this time he triumphed on the hallowed grass courts without losing a single set in the Championships. This has been a dream year for Federer; first he ended his four-and-a-half year Grand Slam drought with a stunning five-set win over arch-rival Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final and now comes this commanding win at Wimbledon.
Federer, fresh after skipping the grueling clay court test at the French Open in Paris, was one of the favorites going into Wimbledon. But not even the great man would have hoped to script such a fairytale run at 35.
Such is the man's greatness that he has been able to turn the clock back at an age when most players hang up their rackets. Even during the period between the 2012 US Open and 2016 US Open when he failed to add to his record tally of 17 Grand Slam titles, Federer was never found to be really struggling.
It was just that a phenomenal run by Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray's resurgence and an incredible ability by Federer's compatriot Stan Wawrinka to raise his game at the Slams denied him further success.
Many thought Federer was past his prime and the sensible thing was to quit. But Federer had supreme confidence in his abilities and patiently waited for his turn to conjure his magic again. Djokovic, besieged by loss of form and fitness worries, has been not his usual self in the past one year, while Murray has been struggled by a hip injury of late. The eternal competitor Nadal is not a real threat on all surfaces.
After becoming the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era, Federer has underlined his longevity and endurance in the unforgiving field on the ATP Tour. Regaining the No. 1 spot and touching the incredible figure of 20 Slams could be his next targets. Even if he achieves them, it will be hardly a surprise to anyone who's watched him in action over the last fortnight for it has been vintage FedEx.