Roger Federer hails "wonderful" eighth Wimbledon title triumph

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his Gentlemens Singles Second Round match against Sam Querry of the United States during day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2015
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Wimbledon champion Roger Federer admits that he feels for Marin Cilic after seeing his opponent struggle in the final, but is delighted to have won an eighth title.

Roger Federer has aired his delight at winning a male record eighth Wimbledon title, but says that he feels for 'heroic' final opponent Marin Cilic.

The third seed wrapped up his 19th Grand Slam crown in the space of one hour and 41 minutes, courtesy of a thumping 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory on Centre Court.

Cilic struggled with blisters on his feet throughout the contest but battled on until the end, earning the respect of Federer who last prevailed in this competition five years ago.

"It is cruel sometimes," BBC Sport quotes the Swiss, who was competing in front of his wife and four children, as saying. "But Marin fought well and is a hero, so congratulations on a wonderful tournament."

"I think the younger twins think this is a nice view and a nice playground - hopefully one day they'll understand. They come for the finals. It's a wonderful moment for the family and my team. This one is for us. Thank you to Wimbledon, thank you Switzerland."

Federer surpasses Pete Sampras and William Renshaw in winning eight Wimbledon men's crowns, but Martina Navratilova remains ahead with nine.

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3Switzerland Roger Federer6,545
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5Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,140
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