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How Federer was able to make history this year at Wimbledon

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic in straight sets Sunday to win his eighth Wimbledon title, the most Wimbledon titles by any man in tennis history. It's also his 19th Grand Slam title, extending his own record for men's singles. Entering this year's tournament, he was tied with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw with seven Wimbledon titles.

Federer is just the second man to win eight titles at a single Grand Slam, joining Rafael Nadal, who is a 10-time champion at the French Open. And Federer's Wimbledon title came in dominant fashion, winning all 22 completed sets he played in at this year's tournament. He is the second man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon without dropping a set, dropping Bjorn Borg in 1976. This is the second time Federer has won a major without dropping a set, along with the 2007 Australian Open, making him the third man in the Open Era to win multiple major titles without dropping a set, along with Borg and Nadal.

This is the sixth time in his career that Federer has won multiple Grand Slam titles in a single calendar year, breaking a tie with Roy Emerson for the most by a man in tennis history. It's the first time he's done so since 2009 and if he wins the US Open in August, it would be the fourth time in his career he was three Grand Slam titles in a single year. All other men in the Open Era have done that six times combined.

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