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Monday, 17 July 2017 12:24 PM BST
How social media reacted to Federer's win
Praise for record-breaking Roger Federer pours in after his eighth Wimbledon title READ MORE

Raw emotion from Roger Federer and Marin Cilic and a string of record feats are among the most enduring memories in the wash-up of this year’s Wimbledon gentlemen’s singles final.

Cilic, battling severe blisters and later sobbing at the change of ends, cut a forlorn figure as he struggled to stay with the Grand Slam great.

Federer composed throughout his straight-sets triumph, finally broke down as he waited for the trophy presentation, as the enormity of what he had just achieved began to sink in.

He became the first man to claim the title without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg in 1976, a record 19th Grand Slam singles title just three weeks shy of his 36th birthday, making him the oldest man in the Open Era to triumph.

In his post-final analysis for BBC, former champion Boris Becker highlighted the key to Federer’s longevity and resurgence.

“I think the secret is his family life. I think his wife and kids, and the whole family background is his support base,” Becker said. “I think he couldn’t do now what he’s doing without them and I think he’s the first one to embrace that and that’s maybe the struggle with some of the other players is they’re trying to please everybody.

“But Roger has found the perfect timing on when he’s a tennis player, when he’s a daddy, when he’s a husband, and when he’s the family man. I think that’s the real reason why he’s still so successful.”

During Cilic’s tearful breakdown early in the second set, former British player Anne Keothavong felt the Croatian’s pain. “Oh no. Feeling rather emotional myself watching Cilic crying there,” Keothavong tweeted.

Another former champion, Pat Cash, was quick to realise it was more than nerves which plagued the No.11 seed.

“Cilic changing tactic and now serve/volleying. This is not in his comfort zone. Most likely an injury he’s been hiding,” Cash tweeted.

Former American player Mardy Fish also provided insight into the emotions which swept both men.

“You forget athletes are humans with real emotions. The sport of tennis is so hard because you’re out there all by yourself,” he tweeted.

When Federer went on to seal his eighth Wimbledon title, the compliments flew thick and fast.

John Isner posted a series of goat emojis in reference to the greatest of all time acronym, while Stan Wawrinka simply tweeted: “19!!! The king.”

Argentine players Juan Martin del Potro and Juan Monaco were under no illusion as to Federer’s place in history.

“Every time greater @rogerfederer,” Del Potro tweeted, while Monaco deemed him “The best athlete of history @rogerfederer”.

Kevin Anderson, Tomas Berdych, Monica Puig, Belinda Bencic and Marion Bartoli all offered their congratulations, while former American great Billie Jean King tweeted: “A record 8 Wimbledon championships and a lifetime of being a champion on and off the court and @rogerfederer is the greatest of all time.”

Top athletes from other sporting codes across the globe were quick to offer their praise.

FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique tweeted “Leo Messi, Michael Jordan, Roger Federer. The best I've seen”, while golfer Rory McIlroy left it to a pair of hashtags with “#RO8ER #JustDoIt”.

NBA basketballers – Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki and Americans Jeremy Lin and Kevin Love – and Major League baseballers Brad Ziegler and Sammy Solis also tweeted their congratulations.

American football great Shannon Sharpe summed up the final succinctly with his tweet: “Frustration and realization starting to set in on Cilic. Fed can't be had today. This FED is moving like 26 not 35.”

A string of cricketers, including former England bowler Alex Tudor, Australian batsman Aaron Finch and former Indian greats VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble were left in awe of the achievement.

But good friend and fellow veteran Tommy Haas, who defeated Federer on the grass in Stuttgart leading in, said it best – “They should change it from SW19 to RF19.”

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