Wimbledon 2017: Federer already targeting SW19 return as he wins record eighth title

Roger Federer has already revealed he’s keen to return at next year’s Wimbledon Grand Slam to defend his title, after a straight-sets victory over Marin Cilic in today’s final.

Federer, 35, became the oldest winner at Wimbledon – doing so with elegance and ruthless efficiency to prevail against Cilic, who was clearly struggling with an innocuous foot injury.

He also became the first player to win at Wimbledon without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg in 1976, just over 40 years ago.

It’s clear that a break from the sport during the claycourt phase of this campaign has helped rejuvenuate him too.

Just hours after being crowned champion once more in-front of the adoring supporters in south London, he was honest about his chances of making a title defence in twelve months’ time.

“Honestly, ever since I had the year I had last year, I do think a year ahead of time which tournaments I would like to play. So I totally see myself playing here this time next year.

“Because of what happened last year, I just like to take the opportunity to thank the people in the very moment. There’s never a guarantee, especially not at 35, 36, but the goal is definitely to be here again next year to try and defend.”

He prevailed in comfortable fashion with the final lasting just one hour and 41 minutes long.

Federer now has 19 Grand Slam titles to his name and this victory helped him surpass Peter Sampras and William Renshaw as the most successful male player to have graced Wimbledon’s famed lawns.

“Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament. My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player too.”

He’ll be hoping to remain injury-free for the foreseeable future as he looks to extend his playing career even further.

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