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Federer: Don’t laugh! I never dreamed I’d be Wimbledon legend

London : Roger Federer admitted that he never thought he’d be a record eight-time Wimbledon champion and would even have laughed if he was told he’d win two majors in 2017. The Swiss star, who will turn 36 in three weeks’ time, eased past the mark of seven All England Club titles he had shared with Pete Sampras since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 win over injury-hit Marin Cilic in the final yesterday.It was 16 years ago when Federer famously defeated Sampras at Wimbledon to announce himself as a star in the making.However, it wasn’t until 2003 that he captured his first All England Club title.Now, he has 19 majors, four clear of closest rival Rafael Nadal on the all-time list. “I didn’t think I was going to be this successful after beating Pete here,” said Federer who also won a fifth Australian Open in January.”I hoped to have a chance maybe one day to be in a Wimbledon final and have a chance to win the tournament.

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