The veterans made the headlines at Wimbledon but there were plenty of other highlights in a spellbinding week of sport.
1. Sublime Federer rolls back the years
Roger Federer may be 36 next month but he still produced a scintillating display of tennis as he thrashed Marin Cilic in three sets to clinch his eighth Wimbledon crown, and 19th Grand Slam title.
The Swiss star has benefited from a sensible itinerary after suffering knee and back injuries last year.
He took the second half of 2016 off and then sat out the clay-court season earlier this year to be ready for Wimbledon.
The policy paid off and it may now be copied by Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray whose tired bodies failed them in the hectic Wimbledon fortnight.
Federer is 5/2 with ComeOn! to win the Wimbledon title again in 2018.
2. Marvellous Muguruza shows her class
Garbine Muguruza ensured that Venus Williams did not become the oldest female Grand Slam winner in the Open era but the Wimbledon final could easily have gone the 37-year-old American’s way.
The first set was close and Muguruza faced two set points on her own serve at 4-5, only to show great composure to survive both of them.
The 23-year-old Spaniard, 6/1 to triumph at the US Open later this year, took full advantage and won nine games in a row to prevail 7-5 6-0 and clinch the second Grand Slam of her career.
In Serena Williams’ absence, the tournament was intriguing, with the likes of Jelena Ostapenko, Johanna Konta and Magdalena Rybarikova making the headlines.
3. Hamilton storms to Silverstone success
Lewis Hamilton may have improved his chances of winning a fourth world title by cruising to victory at the British Grand Prix but it was the Englishman’s qualifying display that paved the way for his Silverstone stroll.
Hamilton, 5/8 with ComeOn! to win this year’s title, produced possibly the best qualifying lap of the year so far as he set a time that was a massive 0.547 seconds quicker than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who was second fastest.
The fact that Sebastian Vettel could only finish seventh after suffering a front-left tyre failure in the closing stages of the race added to Hamilton’s glee as he enjoyed the perfect weekend.
4. Froome forced to dig deep
If Chris Froome does win his fourth Tour de France this weekend, his tenacity on stage 15 is likely to be the key day of the race.
Having regained the yellow jersey after losing it to Fabio Aru three days earlier, Froome was in danger of sliding down the placings when he suffered a puncture.
However, he responded with a superb effort as he rejoined his rivals after taking just 30 seconds to swap a back wheel.
The Team Sky rider is unlikely to face a tougher day as he attempts to see off challenges from the likes of Astana’s Italian rider Aru and Frenchman Romain Bardet.
5. Morris adds to Root’s problems
Chris Morris produced a corker of a delivery to dismiss Joe Root and help South Africa cruise to a magnificent 340-run victory against England in a one-sided second Test match at Trent Bridge.
It was quite a comedown for Root, who had scored a sublime 190 in his first match as Test captain just over one week earlier at Lord’s.
England had swept to a 211-run victory in north-west London but the boot was on the other foot in Nottingham as the Proteas stunned their hosts to level the four-Test series at 1-1.
Changes to the England side now seem certain, with the likes of Keaton Jennings and Liam Dawson struggling while Gary Ballance has broken a finger and will definitely miss the third Test.
6. Murray and Hingis hit the heights
Andy Murray’s hip problem contributed to his quarter-final loss to Sam Querrey but at least there was some good news for his brother Jamie as he teamed up with Martina Hingis to win the mixed doubles title.
It was quite an achievement for Hingis, who has reinvented herself after winning five Grand Slam singles titles between 1997 and 1999, including the Wimbledon crown two decades ago.
The 36-year-old Swiss star has now won five Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the last two years, including two at Wimbledon following her 2015 success with Leander Paes.
7. Brilliant Hopcutt stuns Gala
It may only be mid-July but Jamie Hopcutt scored a goal of the season contender as the Swedish side Ostersund shocked Galatasaray 2-0 in their Europa League second qualifying round first-leg tie.
The 25-year-old fired home a brilliant individual goal in stoppage time after Saman Ghoddos had opened the scoring midway through the second half.
Ostersund won the Swedish Cup last season and have moved up from the third tier to the top flight in recent seasons, with Hopcutt being linked with a move to Aston Villa. Not bad for a player whose previous clubs include Ossett Town and Whitby.
The Turkish side are 2/7 with ComeOn! to win the second leg.
8. DeChambeau holds his nerve
Bryson DeChambeau calmly rolled in a 14-foot birdie putt on the last hole to pip Patrick Rodgers and win the John Deere Classic.
The 23-year-old carded a back-nine 30 to triumph at TPC Deere Run and produced a superb display of putting in the process.
DeChambeau celebrated his triumph in exuberant style and why not as he clinched his first PGA Tour title in style.
Attention now turns towards The Open this week, with Dustin Johnson available at 12/1 to win at Royal Birkdale.
9. Sterling brings golden summer to an end
England’s Under-19 side continued an excellent summer for the country’s youngsters by winning the European Championship in their age group.
Aston Villa’s Easah Suliman and Chelsea youngster Dujon Sterling grabbed the goals as Keith Downing’s team sealed a 2-1 victory over Portugal in the final in Georgia.
It is the third title for England’s youth teams in two months after success at the Under-20 World Cup and the Toulon Tournament.
England also reached the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship in Poland so maybe the future finally looks bright.
Gareth Southgate’s senior side are 20/1 to win next year’s World Cup.
10. Saints cannot be ruled out
St Helens may have endured a difficult season but they still have hopes of winning the Grand Final after producing a fine display to beat Catalans Dragons 46-28.
Saints crossed three times in the final 10 minutes to beat the French side and enhance their hopes of securing a top-four finish.
The decision to axe Keiron Cunningham and replace the Saints stalwart with Justin Holbrook in April has paid dividends and they can be backed at 20/29 to beat Wakefield on Sunday.
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