Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza led out the SW19 winners at the glitzy London event
HISTORY maker Roger Federer leads the Wimbledon winners out at this year’s Champions Dinner.
The SW19 legend, who won the tournament for a record EIGHTH time yesterday, smiles for a picture alongside wife Mirka.
Federer, 35, had earlier broken down in tears after beating emotional Marin Cilic to make tennis history.
But the Swiss ace pulled himself together for the luxurious London bash, looking dapper in a black suit alongside Mirka, 39, in a graceful dress.
Federer cannot believe he has made it to an astounding eighth Ball – and hopes it will not be his last.
He said: “I guess it’s again disbelief that I can achieve such heights and I wasn’t sure I would ever be here again in another final.
“I’ve had some tough ones here but I always believed I could come back here again. If you believe, you can go really far in your life. I kept on dreaming and believing.
“It’s such a special court, so many legends have marked this court in the men’s and the women’s game. It is very special and from day one to finals day, Centre Court is always packed and we appreciate that.
CHELS FEELING BLUE
Chelsea miss out on Alvaro Morata as AC Milan ‘close in on £61million move’ for Real Madrid star
ON THE VIRG
Virgil van Dijk could still move to Liverpool in £60m deal after insisting he only wants Anfield move
Thomas Lemar ‘demands Monaco sell him to Arsenal as winger agrees personal terms with Gunners’
Chelsea target Man City’s Sergio Aguero in stunning move as Pep Guardiola gives green light to deal
Yann the man
Chelsea ‘offer Atletico Madrid star Yannick Carrasco five-year deal’ with Blues desperate for striker
‘not my problem’
Wayne Rooney aims dig at Man United by claiming their standards in transfer market are slipping
“I hope it isn’t my final match here and hopefully I can come back next year and defend the title.”
Women’s champ Garbine Muguruza, who beat Venus Williams to claim her first SW19 title AND a £2.2million jackpot, was rooting for Federer during his straight-sets win over Cilic as she wants to dance with him at the afterparty.
When asked who she wanted to dance with, the 23-year-old Spaniard, looking stunning in an elegant white number, said: “Oh, come on . . . Roger! I like Cilic, I have to say seriously, but I want to see if he’s that elegant also at dancing.”
It is traditional for the winning man and woman to dance together at the Champions Dinner.
Wimbledon 2017 winners
Men’s singles: Roger Federer
Women’s singles: Garbine Muguruza
Men’s doubles: Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo
Women’s doubles: Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova
Mixed doubles: Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis
Men’s wheelchair singles: Stefan Olsson
Ladies’ wheelchair singles: Diede de Groot
Boys’ singles: Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Girls’ singles: Claire Liu
Boys’ doubles: Axel Geller and Yu Hsiou Hsu
Girls’ doubles: Olga Danilovic and Kaja Juvan
Andy Murray broke that tradition last year when he joked he had had too much to drink.
His brother, Jamie, who won the mixed doubles with Swiss player Martina Hingis, looks over the moon as he is pictured with wife Alejandra Gutierrez.
And Hingis looks just as pleased as she hugs husband Thibault Hutin.
Murray’s win meant heartbreak for fellow Brit Heather Watson as she and partner Henri Kontinen had to settle for second place.
But the Guernsey-born star, wearing a simple blue dress, flashed a toothy grin for the cameras nonetheless.