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Roger's records keep piling up after Wimbledon win

ANOTHER VICTORY: Roger Federer was all smiles after winning a record breaking eighth Wimbledon title.
ANOTHER VICTORY: Roger Federer was all smiles after winning a record breaking eighth Wimbledon title. Noriaki Sasaki

THE list of Roger Federer's extraordinary records continues to grow.

Federer pushed an already legendary career to new heights on Sunday, demolishing Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon final to become the tournament's oldest champion and first eight-time winner.

Here's what it means for the record books and this once-in-a-lifetime athlete's remarkable legacy.

By winning an unprecedented 19th grand slam title, Federer extends his lead on the all-time men's major list over Nadal to four.

But he also climbs another rung on the all-time men's and women's list covering all eras, passing Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova and joining Helen Wills Moody in joint fourth place.

Most Grand Slam Titles (men)

Roger Federer 19

Rafael Nadal 15

Pete Sampras 14

Novak Djokovic, Roy Emerson 12

Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg 11

Bill Tilden 10

Most Grand Slam Titles (men and women)

Margaret Court 24

Serena Williams 23

Steffi Graf 22

Roger Federer, Helen Wills Moody 19

Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova 18

Rafael Nadal 15

Pete Sampras 14

Novak Djokovic, Roy Emerson, Billie-Jean King 12

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Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge were on hand to watch Roger Federer's Wimbledon victory.
Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge were on hand to watch Roger Federer's Wimbledon victory. Daniel Leal-Olivas

Federer is the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles, taking sole ownership of the record he shared with Pete Sampras (Open era) and Brit William Renshaw (amateur). He improves his record in Wimbledon finals to 8-3.

The Swiss becomes only the second man in history to win the same grand slam event eight times, after Rafael Nadal, who has 10 French Open titles.

Federer also extends his Open era record of match wins at the All England Club to 91. He took sole ownership of the record ahead of Jimmy Connors (84) by beating Alexander Dolgopolov in the first round last week.

The Swiss extended his Wimbledon finals appearance record to 11, well clear of Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Arthur Gore, all on seven. By reaching his 12th Wimbledon semi-final he had moved one ahead of Connors (11) as the record holder.

This was Federer's record 29th career grand slam final and, incredibly, it comes 19 years after he won the boys' singles Wimbledon title in 1998. His seven Wimbledon men's titles came in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012.

Ageless Warrior

At 35 years and 343 days, Federer was the second oldest man behind Australian Ken Rosewall (39 years, 24 days) to reach the Wimbledon final.

Rosewall finished runner-up in 1974, meaning Federer becomes the oldest man in the Open era to win the Wimbledon title.

By winning the Australian Open in January Federer became the second oldest ever grand slam champion behind Rosewall, who won the 1972 Australian Open aged 37 and 62 days.

This is Federer's 70th career grand slam event, tying Frenchman Fabrice Santoro's record.

Federer join Rosewall as the only other man two win two grand slam titles after his 35th birthday.

 

Rafael Nadal plays a shot during his match against Gilles Muller. Roger Federer's Wimbledon win sees him pass Nadal for most title wins in 2017.
Rafael Nadal plays a shot during his match against Gilles Muller. Roger Federer's Wimbledon win sees him pass Nadal for most title wins in 2017. Noriaki Sasaki

Federer continues a truly remarkable 2017 that few could have predicted.

His Wimbledon triumph follows his memorable Australian Open triumph in January while Federer also won Masters titles at Indian Wells and Miami, along with a record ninth title on grass at Halle last month. With five he has more titles this season than anyone else.

His season win-loss record stands at a stellar 32-2, the only losses coming against Evgeny Donskoy (Dubai, R16) and Tommy Haas (Stuttgart, R16)

Amazingly, he sits second only behind Rafael Nadal in the 2017 ATP season point race despite sitting out the entire claycourt season and has now secured a place in London's ATP World Tour finals with four months to spare.

Most Titles in 2017

Roger Federer 5 (Wimbledon, Australian Open, Indian Wells-1000, Miami-1000, Halle)

Rafael Nadal 4 (Monte Carlo-1000, Barcelona, Madrid-1000, Roland Garros)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3 (Rotterdam, Marseille, Lyon)

Alexander Zverev 3 (Montpellier, Munich, Rome-1000)

Grigor Dimitrov 2 (Brisbane, Sofia)

Novak Djokovic 2 (Doha, Eastbourne)

Gilles Muller 2 (Sydney, s-Hertogenbosch)

Lucas Pouille 2 (Budapest, Stuttgart)

Jack Sock 2 (Auckland, Delray Beach)

Fed-nadal Golden Age revived

This is the fifth time in history Federer and Nadal have split the opening grand slams between them, but first since 2010.

On three of the four previous occasions the pair has achieved the feat, Federer or Nadal has also gone on to win the US Open.

Flawless Fed

By winning Sunday's final in straight sets, Federer becomes the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win Wimbledon without dropping a set.

He is also just the third man in the Open Era to win multiple grand slam titles without dropping a set.

Federer's only other grand slam title won without losing a set is the 2007 Australian Open while Borg (1976 Wimbledon, 1978, 1980 French Open) and Nadal (2008, 2010, 2017 French Open)

Andy Murray hits a forehand during his quarter-final match against Sam Querrey. Roger Federer's Wimbledon victory sees him leapfrog Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka into third on the international rankings making him a realistic chance to claim the No. 1 spot over Murray.
Andy Murray hits a forehand during his quarter-final match against Sam Querrey. Roger Federer's Wimbledon victory sees him leapfrog Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka into third on the international rankings making him a realistic chance to claim the No. 1 spot over Murray.

Rankings No.1 within reach again

Federer started the year ranked 16th in the world after an injury-disrupted campaign in 2016 but he has surged back up to fifth.

By winning the final he leapfrogs Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka into third, his highest mark since August, 2016.

Crucially, though, he is now back within realistic reach of the No.1 ranking.

Andy Murray held a huge lead at the start of the year but the Scot is now hanging on to the No.1 ranking by a thread, with 7750 points ahead of Nadal (7465).

Federer moves to 6545 just ahead of Djokovic (6325) and countryman Wawrinka (6140). It leaves the world No.1 race wide open for the coming months with Federer in with a realistic shot to reclaim top spot for the first time since October, 2012.

By doing so, Federer would easily surpass Agassi (33 years, 131 days) as men's tennis' oldest ever No.1.

News Corp Australia

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