The superlative Swiss has lost none of his popularity but, at 35, only his most ardent fans rated him as a leading contender for the title at Melbourne Park, but he racked up a fifth Aussie title with a stunning five set triumph over old rival Rafael Nadal. In fact, KD Jadhav's bronze medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and Leander Paes' bronze at the Atlanta Olympics of 1996 were the only individual honours for India at the marquee event.
Prior to Sunday's final, Federer was tied on seven titles with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.
Federer also extends his Open era record of match wins at the All England Club to 91.
Sampras's fastest Wimbledon serve was 136mph in 2001 but Federer managed 135mph in 2009 against Andy Roddick, perhaps inspired by the American's own supercharged serves. If his right arm holds up, he will be extremely dangerous with ball in hand.
En-route the championship, Federer did not drop a single set.
The Swiss attended the traditional champions' dinner with women's winner Garbine Muguruza, and it seems as though he celebrated with vigour. "I have to play offensive myself. He fought well. He's a hero, congrats on a wonderful tournament Marin". The court is still playing quite fast.
Historically, it hasn't been done, but hang on a second.
"When there's no music whatsoever it's hard to get going".
"As I move forward, I'll be very much cautious of how much I will play, how much I think is healthy". 'He had much free time since last year, he could look at his career from outside, and it probably helped him.
And so it has come to this.
Roger Federer has won the second set 6-1 against Marin Cilic in the men's final at Wimbledon. To be able to do it again would definitely mean, I would say, even more because I know how much it meant for me to win that first one.
This ability that Watson highlighted, for Federer to adapt his game over a long period of time, would surely work in reverse. He won Queen's stylishly before Wimbledon and he has had an impressive run to the final. Roger Federer's Wimbledon victory sees him leapfrog Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka into third on the international rankings making him a realistic chance to claim the No. 1 spot over Murray.
Federer, who will be 36 in three weeks' time, became the oldest Wimbledon champion of the modern era after beating Marin Cilic.
After becoming world No 1, he beat Marat Safin in a one-sided final in Melbourne 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 6-2. He dealt with all of them, of course, without dropping a set. Hopefully I can just be humble, keep working and don't expect to perform incredible every match because it is not the case.
But he knows what matters.
When the action resumed it was one-way traffic and while Cilic attempted to deploy his game plan in the third, it was clear his movements were restricted and after one hour and 41-minutes Federer struck his eighth ace to secure his win and a place in immortality, raising his arms in a victory salute.
However he emerged to win a solitary game in the 25-minute second set before a medical timeout - in which he had his foot taped - provoked an upturn in form during which he showed signs of his true self. Cilic, at 6ft 6in, is another serving giant to cope with 14 years later.
"I will try to learn from what I felt after winning at Roland Garros, taking it all more calmly and enjoying it", Muguruza told Spanish newspaper Marca.