By Mary Cunningham

After a nearly-five-year stretch in which Swiss legend Roger Federer won no Grand Slams and appeared on the verge of an injury-provoked career end, he now won two of the last three majors.

Federer’s 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 dismissal of an injured and tearful Marin Cilic was his eighth men’s singles title at Wimbledon, topping his teenage idol Pete Sampras for the most ever there.

With Wimbledon and Australia 2017 in the books, Federer now has won 19 Slams. He’s going to walk into the U.S. Open in late August as the favorite.

New York City is going to be utterly out of its mind. Of course, New York has long been out of its mind about Federer.

The door had seemingly closed on a stretch of dominance like what we’ve seen in 2017. There was Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray and too much new talent and fresh legs. Every tick of the clock brought Federer closer to mortality.

Then came Federer’s injuries in 2016 and his dramatic shutdown, skipping the Olympics and the U.S. Open. If it wasn’t the end, it sure looked like the start of it.

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