There isn't much worse in this world than sports-fan fiction, even if it's the only way we can still envision Tiger Woods winning another major.
The New Yorker contributing writer Louisa Thomas joined Off The Ball to discuss the seeds of Federer's return to the top of the tennis world and the sheer beauty of his style of play. And tennis gets to roll on with a rivalry that is compelling.
Sunday's outcome was only in doubt for about 20 minutes, the amount of time it took Federer to grab his first lead. The upset last year was in the third round, and he went on to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic have between them taken all the men's singles titles at Wimbledon since 2003.
"He's a hero", Federer said of his opponent. "I am surprised that it's this good", Federer said.
"I had an amazing journey here".
What he meant, Federer explained Monday, was simply: "I can't think too far ahead". Tomas Berdych, who Federer faced in the semi-finals, was unlucky to be defeated in straight sets, putting up a good fight in a 7-6 7-6 6-4, but Federer looked in no mood to be denied.
Federer's eighth triumph at SW19 was a well-publicised Wimbledon record, while Muguruza became the first woman to beat both Serena and Venus Williams in grand slam finals. But that does not take anything away from the master who had reappeared with a new code. "She's such an incredible player".
"But I always believed". But it was great for a big-court player to play a big guy and beat him there.
It was Federer, not Cilic, who double-faulted in his first two service games. She has an overall singles record of 87-15 at Wimbledon. "She played really well".
Murray at least was able to finish his match.
"Then I think Roger spends less energy out there, he's unique in many ways which also makes it easier for him maybe compared to some others who have to work harder on the points. It's just actually fighting it through". In men's tennis break is like breaking the man itself. Federer the Great deserves nothing less than that. "It's incredible", Muguruza said after the match.
"At 25, when you win, you're like, 'All right, I'll see you next year!' because it's normal. They come for the finals, I guess".
Despite the tournament in ending for Cilic in pain, does Bjorkman feel things have finally kicked into gear again for the tall Croatian? He then partied with his team long into the night.
Williams, playing in her 20th Wimbledon, finished with 25 unforced errors - 14 more than Muguruza. Since my generation and Rafa's generation, yes, the next one hasn't been strong enough to push all of us out really, ' he said. On Sunday, he shocked his critics and pleasantly surprised his supporters by lifting the Wimbledon crown.