Friday 22nd June, 2018
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Cape Town - Former South African professional tennis player Johan Kriek has heaped praise on Roger Federer after the Swiss won a record eighth Wimbledon title.

Federer cruised past Croatia's Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in Sunday's final to move past Pete Sampras and William Renshaw into sole possession of first place on the list of male Wimbledon champions.

The 35-year-old, who boasts a record 19 Grand Slam titles, is the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era and the first since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to go through the entire tournament without dropping a set.

The South African-born Kriek, who is famous for winning two Australian Opens in the early 1980s, took to social media to laud Federer.

"Roger Federer is the greatest male player of all timeamp;hellip; But really in demeanour, class, everything he is the greatest tennis player and ambassador for our sport both male and femaleamp;hellip; Uncomplicated looking in a very complicated sportamp;hellip; No scandals, just tennis and records. On top of it all a family man with 4 kids and still winning titlesamp;hellip; The accolades do not do his achievements any justiceamp;hellip; Bravo!amp;" Kriek wrote.

The 59-year-old Kriek won the Australian Open in 1981 and 1982 and remains the last South African to win a Grand Slam singles title.

He became an American citizen in 1982 and currently runs the Johan Kriek Tennis Academy in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Johan Kriek's post about @rogerfederer after Roger's win today is getting a lot of attention, so we decided to share it. Picture below: Roger Federer amp;amp; Johan Kriek at the Wimbledon's Champions Gala in 2006, the year Roger won his 4th Wimbledon singles title and Johan his 4th Wimbledon Legends doubles title. rogerfederer JohanKriek wimbledon championsgala tennis tennislegends @johankriek

A post shared by Johan Kriek Tennis Academy (@johankriektennisacademy) on Jul 16, 2017 at 10:03am PDT

Source: News24

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