July 28, 2017, 1:41

Roger Federer collects  8th Wimbledon title and here’s why he’s the greatest ever

Roger Federer collects 8th Wimbledon title and here’s why he’s the greatest ever

Roger Federer has won a record eighth Wimbledon title by beating Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4.

Federer’s victory means he pulls clear of Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who are both tied on seven triumphs, in the all-time list of male Wimbledon champions.

To mark his remarkable achievement Press Association Sport look at why the Swiss is the greatest man ever to play the game.

Numbers

Federer has now won 19 grand slam titles, the most of any male player in history. He is four clear of Rafael Nadal, five ahead of Pete Sampras and has seven more than Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic. He has reached an all-time record 29 grand slam finals, 42 semi-finals and 50 quarter-finals. He is the only player to have won three different grand slams at least five times and his 302 weeks spent at world number one is the most of any man since the list began in 1973.

Longevity

Federer won his first grand slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, with his most recent, also on Centre Court, coming 14 years later. For comparison, Nadal’s major triumphs have spanned 12 years, Djokovic’s eight years, Pete Sampras’ 12 years and Rod Laver nine years. Federer has re-invented himself in 2017 after it looked like he had won his last grand slam at Wimbledon in 2012. He has adjusted his game and refreshed his body. The results are there for all to see.

Rivals

Not only has he won the most grand slam titles but Federer has done it during the greatest era of men’s tennis. He has had several rivals during his long career, starting with Leyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick but his fiercest rivals have been Nadal, Djokovic and Murray. Nadal and Djokovic, in particular, are unquestionably among the finest players of all time, with 27 major wins between them. Nine out of 10 of Federer’s grand slam final defeats have been against one of those two. In a less competitive era, Federer could have won even more.

Sourse: breakingnews.ie

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