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Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic to claim record eighth Wimbledon title

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Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with straight sets victory (6-3, 6-1, 6-4) over Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

Federer, 35, claimed his second grand slam of the year along with becoming the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club, and was able to finish the contest in one hour and 41 minutes to claim his first Wimbledon title since 2012.

The gap in experience between Cilic and Federer showed from the early stages, with The 28-year-old Croatian national striking a forehand which bounced before the net on the opening point as the nerves appeared hard to shake off.

Although Federer conceded a couple of early double faults but there was a sense of inevitability about the first break, which came in game five after Cilic fell heavily chasing down a drop shot, and then sent a backhand into the net. The Swiss then reached set point in game nine and Cilic duly double-faulted, ending the set with a 49% first-serve percentage that hardly troubled the Swiss.

When Federer blazed to 3-0 in the second set, a tearful Cilic sat in his chair as the doctor, tournament referee and supervisor attended to him.

Before the start of the third set, another medical time-out was taken although this time strapping and padding applied to Cilic’s left foot. But even as a first retirement in a men’s singles final since 1911 appeared likely Cilic struggled on, while Federer probed for the break that would surely end his wait for a Wimbledon title.

It came at 3-3, when Cilic netted a backhand and successive forehands, although fourteen years on from his first victory, there were signs of nerves when Federer served for the title for the first time since 2012.

His first championship point disappeared with a wayward forehand, but an ace down the middle followed and it was the celebrating Swiss who was now tearful. “It’s magical,” Federer said courtside. “I can’t believe it yet. It’s too much. I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today for my eighth title. I hope to be back to defend it next year.”

Djokovic to receive tutelage from Andre Agassi in French Open

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Novak Djokovic is set to receive Andre Agassi as a coach ahead of his campaign defend his French Open title.

Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam winner, parted ways with his entire coaching entourage earlier in May in an attempt of “shock therapy” to help curb a standing streak of underwhelming results. By then he had already split with his former coach Boris Becker after a three-years partnership.

It was partly successful as the Serbian national managed to reach the final of the Italian Open, before falling to 20-year-old Alexander Zverev in straight sets.

Zverev also sets a record by becoming the youngest player ever to win an Masters 1000 title, surpassing Djokovic’s own record set at the Miami Open.

Djokovic confirmed the news of his partnership with Agassi after his defeat to the German youngster.

“I spoke to Andre the last couple weeks on the phone, and we decided to get together in Paris,” he said. “We don’t have any long-term commitment, it’s just us trying to get to know each other a little bit. He will not stay the whole tournament. He’s going to stay only to a certain time, and then we’ll see after that what’s going to happen.”

“Andre is someone that I have tremendous respect for as a person and as a player. He has been through everything that I’m going through.”

“He understands the game amazingly well. I am enjoying every conversation that I have with him. Also, he’s someone that nurtures family values, philanthropic work. He’s a very humble man, very educated. He’s a person that can contribute to my life on and off the court a lot. I’m very excited to see what is ahead of us.”

Roger Federer to skip French Open for grass court

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Eighteen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer will sit out the French Open and the rest of the clay-court season in favour of the ensuing grass court season.

Federer, 35, fifth in the world rankings, confirmed on Monday that he will not play at Roland Garros this month and instead prepare to play on grass and hard courts later this season, posting a message on his website titled: “Roger to skip Roland Garros.”

The full statement read: “Regrettably, I’ve decided not to participate in the French Open. I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come I feel it’s best to skip the clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons.”

“The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognise that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward. Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season.”

This will be the the second time Federer will not be competing in the Roland Garros event since his debut in 1999, after missing last year’s French Open through injury. He had won the title once in 2009 and has been a four-time runner-up .

This season, the Swiss Maestro has already won three titles: the Australian Open — his first Grand Slam success in five years — and the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March and, two weeks later, won the Miami Open.

It is clear that he has his sights on Wimbledon — the third major of the year — having won the tournament seven times.

Federer edges past Wawrinka into Australian Open final

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Roger Federer will compete for his 18th grand slam singles title after his triumph against fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in a short but tense five-set Australian Open semi-final at the Rod Laver Arena.

Federer, 35, who last won a major at Wimbledon in 2012, won 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 across three hours and five minutes.

Although the Swiss Maestro was returning from a six-month lay-off to rest his left knee, there was no sign of any lingering aftereffects as the 17-time grand slam winner cruised to three early break points before converting his first set point, on Wawrinka’s serve, right on the 12th game.

Federer broke for the second time at 2-3 in the second set, and a frustrated Wawrinka smashed his racquet in two over his left knee and, after the set, left the court with a trainer for treatment to his other knee.

In some way, it helped as Wawrinka came back superbly to win the third set in 26 minutes, and the 31-year old broke Federer in the ninth game of the fourth set to take the match to a decider.

Federer went courtside for treatment too, before coming back fighting and breaking Wawrinka in the sixth game as the US Open champion double-faulted on break point.

An unyielding Federer went on to complete a stunning victory to the delight of the majority of fans in Rod Laver Arena.

“I couldn’t be happier right now,” said Federer. “I felt like everything happened so quickly at the end, I had to check the score.”

“I never ever in my wildest dreams thought I’d come this far in Australia. It’s beautiful, I’m so happy.”

Federer Is now the oldest player to reach a Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall did so at the 1974 US Open at the age of 39.

While his current unprecedented run in the grand slam event had seen him defeat two top-10 players — Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori before reaching the semi-final, his arch-rival Rafael Nadal could be the one meeting him — in a battle potentially reminiscent of their golden days — in the grand final for the tennis major trophy.