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Federer, Muguruza attend Wimbledon Champions Ball

18 July, 2017, 05:44 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer

The new Wimbledon men's singles champion arrived at the Guildhall in central London looking dapper alongside wife Mirka and beaming as he made his way into the venue.

It was the eighth time the Nike-sponsored 35-year-old had won at Wimbledon and the reason why the "g" in Fed's name has been twisted into the number eight.

The ad, by Wieden + Kennedy, comes with plenty of attitude, a pumping soundtrack and warns "If you are not here to cut the grass get off my lawn".

Federer's latest victory pushed up to No.3 behind Andy Murray and Nadal.

There have been times, though, when folks wondered whether he was done winning major tournaments.

"I don't know what I did last night".

The Swiss star, who will turn 36 in three weeks' time, eased past the mark of seven All England Club titles he had shared with Pete Sampras since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 win over injury-hit Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday.

Asked how the next generation can crack their dominance, Federer said up-and-comers need to be more imaginative than just grinding from the baseline.

"Rankings, not so much, unless I'm as close as I am right now", said the 35-year-old Federer, who also clinched a berth in the season-ending ATP Finals, held in London on November 12-19. "Here I am with an eighth title, it's fantastic".

I admire Federer for his poise more than his power, the grace with which he handles himself in victory as well as defeat, the patience with which he answers questions he has heard a hundred, if not a thousand, times.

Including the likes of countryman Stan Wawrinka and Cilic in the mix, Federer said the variety of playing styles among the game's elite meant it was hard for young players to reach finals and win titles. I know you can easily get sucked into that mode when you don't want to attack, but if you can't volley you are not going to go to the net. But I kept believing and if you believe you can go a long way in your life.

'I've had some tough ones here but I always believed I could come back here again. I've played nearly every player here that wouldn't serve and volley. It was just that feeling that I wasn't able to give the best.

14 - The 14-year age gap between Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza is the biggest in a women's singles major final since Wimbledon 1994, when 15 years separated Martina Navratilova, 37, and Muguruza's now coach Conchita Martinez, 22. I wasn't serving very good today because of that.

"That's why, by playing little and making so many points at slam level, it puts me in a totally different situation".

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