5 takeaways from Wimbledon 2017

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Roger Federer with his 19th Grand Slam title

Roger Federer's straightforward win over Marin Cilic in the final of the men's section on Centre Court brought two weeks of incredible tennis to an end (Although there was a mixed doubles match after the showpiece final).

These past two weeks saw players toiling on the grass of London, giving their blood, sweat and in some cases, tears, to continue progressing in the tournament.

With the grass court season now over, let us look back at five things we learnt from the 131st edition of The Championship:

#1 Timeless Roger Federer continues to astound

In little more than a couple of weeks, the Swiss ace will turn 36. Yes, you read that right. Soak that piece of trivia right in.

Federer has successfully turned back the clock this season, winning both the Australian Open, as well as a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon crown, the latter by dispatching all of his opponents in the tournament, not dropping a single set.

He was a picture of consistency and efficiency throughout the two weeks, and elevated his game when he had to and was the best player without a doubt.

An injury-filled 2016 saw him miss two Grand Slams, but the greatest of all-time put in the hard hours focusing on his fitness, and has been the best player in 2017.

#2 Garbine Muguruza stakes claim to Serena Williams' throne

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Muguruza won her second Grand Slam title

In the absence of the legendary Serena Williams, there were no clear favourites at both the French Open and Wimbledon. This saw Jelena Ostapenko surprise the field to take the win in France, while Muguruza stormed through her adversaries at The Championship.

Angelique Kerber with two Grand Slams in 2016, and Garbine Muguruza, thanks to her French Open win in 2016 and the Wimbledon crown in 2017, have been the ones to step up to the plate and offer anything close to a consistent challenge to the American's reign at the top. The Spaniard went through some of the toughest opponents in the draw en route to the crown, defeating top seed Kerber in the Round of 16, before blowing away Venus Williams in the final 7-5, 6-0.

Her standout power game and exceptional court coverage are her biggest assets, and at 23, she has shown that she has what it takes to reign at the top, becoming the only woman to have defeated both the Williams' sisters in Grand Slam finals.

#3 Four one-sided finals make an Epic Grand Slam

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Kubot and Melo won the Men’s doubles title

All the finals at Wimbledon 2017 were one-sided, short encounters, where one player/ team dominated the proceedings and sealed the title. Well, all but the men's doubles final.

That particular final lasted a little more than four and a half hours, and turned out to be one of the most exciting finals ever in the men's doubles section.

Lucasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo eventually triumphed over Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6, 3-6, 13-11 in a match that had enough drama and twists packed in it to make up for all the finals.

The match started in the afternoon and went on till late evening, so much so that there was a 10-minute break in play for the retractable roof on the Centre Court could be closed so that the flood lights could be turned on.

#4 The old guard still dominating the Grand Slams

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31-year old Thomas Berdych also made it to the semi-finals

Despite some great performances coming in from the likes of Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem on the ATP Tour throughout the season, they have not yet been able to step up to the plate in the Grand Slams.

Wimbledon also saw a repeat of the same script, as the 20-year-old Zverev and the 23-year-old Thiem got knocked out in the round of 16 in five-set battles.

The intermediate generation, consisting of the likes of Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov did not do much better, as they too got eliminated in the quarter-final and round of 16 respectively.

Despite Roger Federer being the only one from the big four to go beyond the quarter-finals stage, Wimbledon 2017 saw the old guard outperform the younger generation, which was clearly seen in the semi-finals, where Marin Cilic, at 28, was the youngest.

#5 The memorable runs made by Marin Cilic, Venus Williams, Sam Querrey and Gilles Muller

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Close but no cigar

Wimbledon 2017 was an impressive spectacle as it saw some great runs put together by players in both the men's and women's sections.

Five-time champion Venus Williams turned back the clock as she dominated her opponents on her way to the final, where the 37-year-old was overpowered by Garbine Muguruza.

Sam Querrey's journey to the semi-finals made him the first American man to reach the last four of a Grand Slam since 2009. He took down defending champion Andy Murray on his way, just like the way he defeated the then defending champion Novak Djokovic in 2016.

Though he could not put up much of a challenge in the final, Marin Cilic played some of the best tennis of his career, and showed his 2014 US Open win was not a flash in the pan.

35-year-old Gilles Muller enjoyed his best-ever result at a Grand Slam as well, losing in the quarter-finals to eventual finalist Cilic, as he displayed some great tennis and defeated Rafael Nadal in the fourth round for only the second time at Wimbledon. The previous win had come in 2005.

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