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Roger Federer, King of Grass, continues to inspire generations with his class

Manushree Bhardwaj

Roger Federer’s eighth Wimbledon win has made me believe; believe in hard work, passion and a ‘never-give-up’ attitude. At 35, his magical wand has woven magic again. This is his fairytale. Perhaps, his best one.

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer had 'different types of drinks' until 5 am to celebrate historic title with close friends

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer had 'different types of drinks' until 5 am to celebrate historic title with close friends

Federer's tally of 19 Grand Slams keeps him four clear of Rafael Nadal's 15. He now stands alongside Helen Wills Moody as joint-fourth on the all-time list of grand slam winners. In front of him stands, Margaret Court (24), Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22).

ATP Rankings: Roger Federer breaks into top 3 after claiming eighth Wimbledon title

ATP Rankings: Roger Federer breaks into top 3 after claiming eighth Wimbledon title

This is the first time that the Swiss international has advanced into the top-3 in 11 months. It was back in August 22, 2016 that Federer had slipped down a spot to No. 4 and then on missing the rest of the season, he found himself to as low as No. 17.

Wimbledon 2017: Marin Cilic says blister caused meltdown in final against Roger Federer

Wimbledon 2017: Marin Cilic says blister caused meltdown in final against Roger Federer

The Croatian seventh seed was distraught after going 3-0 behind in the second set, sitting on his chair in tears.

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer attains tennis immortality, thrashes Marin Cilic to win record 19th Grand Slam title

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer attains tennis immortality, thrashes Marin Cilic to win record 19th Grand Slam title

Federer, 35, took one hour and 43 minutes to send seventh seed Cilic packing in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.

Wimbledon 2017: A look back at Roger Federer and Marin Cilic's journey at All England Club

Wimbledon 2017: A look back at Roger Federer and Marin Cilic's journey at All England Club

As far as Wimbledon is considered, it was only last year that the two had faced each other in the quarter-final round. Going down in the first two sets, Federer picked himself up to stun Cilic 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in a nail-biting five-set match.

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza reveals she wants to dance with Roger Federer at Champions' dinner

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza reveals she wants to dance with Roger Federer at Champions' dinner

The tradition of men and women's singles winner dancing in the Champions' ball on Sunady night hasn't been stritcly followed since 1970s, but was brought back in 2015 when Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic shared the dance floor.

Wimbledon 2017, men's Singles final: Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic - As it happened...

Wimbledon 2017, men's Singles final: Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic - As it happened...

With all cards against him, Cilic has a Herculean task ahead of him when he takes on in-form Roger Federer, today.

Sports Schedule for the day: July 16, 2017

Sports Schedule for the day: July 16, 2017

A blockbuster Sunday indeed for all the sports enthusiasts. Don't forget to miss any of the sporting actions.

Wimbledon 2017, Gentlemen's final preview: Roger Federer seeks historic eighth title but faces test from Marin Cilic

Wimbledon 2017, Gentlemen's final preview: Roger Federer seeks historic eighth title but faces test from Marin Cilic

Should he triumph, Federer will become the oldest winner of the Challenge Cup since tennis turned professional in 1968.

Marin Cilic reaches first Wimbledon final after ousting Sam Querrey

Marin Cilic reaches first Wimbledon final after ousting Sam Querrey

Cilic will face the winner of Friday's other semi-final between seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and Czech Tomas Berdych.

Wimbledon 2017: Berdych faces 'greatest of them all' Federer in last four as Cilic eyes first final at SW19

Wimbledon 2017: Berdych faces 'greatest of them all' Federer in last four as Cilic eyes first final at SW19

Berdych has never won a grand slam, although he was Wimbledon runner-up in 2010 when he lost to Rafael Nadal.

Wimbledon 2017, Day 9: Sam Querrey ends Andy Murray's title defence dream, Roger Federer makes record 12th semis

Wimbledon 2017, Day 9: Sam Querrey ends Andy Murray's title defence dream, Roger Federer makes record 12th semis

Federer has yet to drop a set in the tournament this year and with defending champion Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal all out he is a huge favourite to become the first man to win the Wimbledon title eight times.

Wimbledon 2017, Day 5: Marin Cilic reaches fourth round without dropping a set, Kei Nishikori beaten

Wimbledon 2017, Day 5: Marin Cilic reaches fourth round without dropping a set, Kei Nishikori beaten

Bautista Agut will face stiffer opposition on Monday when he plays Croatia`s seventh seed Marin Cilic.  

Aegon Championships: Marin Cilic, Gilles Muller into Queen`s semi-finals

Aegon Championships: Marin Cilic, Gilles Muller into Queen`s semi-finals

Muller has won the first two ATP Tour titles of his career this year, helping him climb to a career-high ranking of 26, and he now has a seven-match winning streak on grass.

Aegon Championships: Former champions Marin Cilic, Sam Querrey enter Queen's quarter-finals

Aegon Championships: Former champions Marin Cilic, Sam Querrey enter Queen's quarter-finals

After the stifling temperatures of the first three days, fresher conditions returned to the west London club -- as well as a sense of tranquility after the series of shocks witnessed earlier in the week when Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all baled out early.

Mexico Open: Rafael Nadal beats Marin Cilic in straight sets to book final showdown with Sam Querrey

Mexico Open: Rafael Nadal beats Marin Cilic in straight sets to book final showdown with Sam Querrey

Second-seeded Nadal, has won all 14 matches he has played in Acapulco, where he lifted the trophy in 2005 and 2013, and a victory more would give the Spaniard his first hard court title since 2014.

Mexico Open: Rafael Nadal advance into Acapulco semi-finals, faces Marin Cilic

Mexico Open: Rafael Nadal advance into Acapulco semi-finals, faces Marin Cilic

The 30-year-old Nadal clinched Thursday`s victory in the ninth game of the second set with a overhead smash at the net after Nishioka`s return landed well short.

Mexico Open: Novak Djokovic battles into Acapulco quarter-finals with win over Juan Martin del Potro

Mexico Open: Novak Djokovic battles into Acapulco quarter-finals with win over Juan Martin del Potro

Top-seeded Djokovic, had to dig deep against former US Open champion del Potro after falling a break down in the third set.

 

Rotterdam Open: Tomas Berdych crushes Martin Klizan in quarter-finals; to meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in semis

Rotterdam Open: Tomas Berdych crushes Martin Klizan in quarter-finals; to meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in semis

Berdych has now reached the semi-finals in Rotterdam for a fourth time after also finishing runner-up to Stan Wawrinka in 2015.