‘Roger Federer’s the most beautiful player I’ve ever watched play’,
Rafael Nadal won two editions of the Wimbledon tournament (2008 and 2010), Novak Djokovic won four titles (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018) and Andy Murray made Great Britain happy in 2013, bringing a His Majesty tennis player to conquer the title 77 years after Fred Perry, to then repeat his success in 2016.
The Goran Ivanisevic story (which also inspired the 2004 Wimbledon movie with Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst) heralded the beginning of the Roger Federer’s era. The Swiss maestro has linked his name to Wimbledon; he first equaled Renshaw and Sampras’ record, winning the seventh title in 2012, then broke the record in 2017, winning his eighth championship title against Marin Cilic (all-time record in men’s singles at Church Road).
From the mid-1980s to 1993 there were exploits by Boris Becker (1985, 1986, 1989), Stefan Edberg (1988 and 1990), and Andre Agassi (1992). 104 years after Renshaw’s last win, Pete Sampras began his reign at Wimbledon, culminating in a seventh title he won in 2000, exactly 111 years after Ranshaw’s seventh and last title.
Fred Perry was the English hero, the last British winner of Wimbledon before Andy Murray’s triumph 77 years later. After World War II, the tournament had no real ruler, at least until Rod Lavar (1961,1962, 1968, 1969) and then Bjorn Borg, winner of five consecutive titles from 1976 to 1980.
Borg gave birth to a great rivalry with Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, who respectively won the title twice (1974 and 1982) and three times (1981, 1983 and 1984). Before the First World War, Anthony Wilding was the ruler of Wimbledon for four consecutive editions (1910-1913).
John McEnroe pays tribute to Federer
At a recent press meeting, former World No. 1 and tennis analyst John McEnroe expressed his admiration for Roger Federer, calling him a “living legend” “Roger Federer is a living legend.
We all know that. He’s the epitome of what you would want your kids to be when they grew up. And he’s the most beautiful player I’ve ever watched play. I idolized Laver. He’s kind of an updated Laver to me.
Twenty years, you got to look at the bright side. You had a lot of times where you got to watch this guy play and win it numerous times. We have to sort of hope that whatever he decides he’s happy with. He’s 40. He’s made it this far.
It’s amazing,” McEnroe said. On the men’s circuit, the Swiss has the most number of match wins at Wimbledon (105).