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Roger Federer climbs to third in ATP rankings after eighth Wimbledon triumph

Roger Federer rose two places to third in the latest ATP rankings after beating Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon final on Sunday.

tennis Updated: Jul 17, 2017 23:42 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Roger Federer won his first Wimbledon title since 2012 after beating Marin Cilic on Sunday.(PTI)

Roger Federer climbed to third place in the latest ATP rankings Monday on the strength of his record eighth Wimbledon triumph.

His 19th grand slam win saw the Swiss jump two places up the rankings still dominated by Britain’s Andy Murray, eliminated from Wimbledon in the quarter-finals, while Rafael Nadal, knocked out in the fourth round, holds on to second place.

Roger Federer admitted that he never thought he’d be a record eight-time Wimbledon champion and would have even laughed if he was told he’d win two majors in 2017.

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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.

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.

Karolina Pliskova becomes Women’s number one

Karolina Pliskova is the new world number one in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday despite never having won a major tournament.

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The 25-year-old Czech jumped from third place to the top after world number two Simona Halep lost in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, and previous top ranked Angelique Kerber fell in the fourth round.

Pliskova becomes number one without ever having lifted one of the four majors in tennis.

She did however reach the US Open final last year, the French Open semi-finals this year and has won three tour titles in 2017: Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne.

First Published: Jul 17, 2017 18:46 IST