Tennis icon Roger Federer made history over the weekend, when he won a record eighth Wimbledon title by defeating Marin Cilic in Sunday’s (July 16) final.
He had been tied at seven wins with his tennis idol Pete Sampras and William Renshaw. He now holds the most men’s titles in the history of Wimbledon, which was first held in 1877.
“Wimbledon was always my favorite tournament, will always be my favorite tournament,” he said. “My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player, too.
“To mark history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me just because of all of that really. It’s that simple.”
Federer receives $2.88 million in prize money for winning Wimbledon, which brings his career earnings to $107.33 million.
As for Grand Slam victories at a single tournament, his eight Wimbledon titles are second only to Rafael Nadal’s 10 French Opens.
At 35, Federer became the oldest champion at the All England Club. Federer joins Bjorn Borg (1976) as the only men in the Open era to win Wimbledon without losing a set, according to ESPN Stats & Information.