After Roger Federer closed out a Wimbledon final that was more of a coronation than a contest with an ace, he sat in his changeover chair and wiped away tears.That is when it hit him: His wait for record-breaking No. 8 was over. Until then, Federer wasn’t focused on the notion of winning the grass-court tournament more often than any other man in the history of an event first held in 1877. All he’d been concerned with, consumed with, was being healthy enough to compete at a high level and, he hoped, to win a title, regardless of what the total count would be.Capping a marvelous fortnight in which he never dropped a set, Federer won his eighth Wimbledon trophy and 19th Grand Slam championship overall by overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in merely 1 hour, 41 minutes on Sunday.”Wimbledon was always my favorite tournament. Will always be my favorite tournament. My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player, too,” said Federer, who will turn 36 next month and is the oldest male champion at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968.”To mark history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me just because of all of that, really,” he said. “It’s that simple.”His first major title came at Wimbledon in 2003, and was followed by others in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He won again in 2009 and 2012. But then he lost finals in 2014 and 2015 to Novak Djokovic.advertisementHe couldn’t be sure another final, let alone title, was possible a year ago, when he lost in the semifinals, then took the rest of 2016 off to let his surgically repaired left knee heal.”It’s been a long road,” he said.Sunday’s outcome was only in doubt for about 20 minutes, the amount of time it took Federer to grab his first lead.Cilic said afterward he developed a painful blister on his left foot during his semifinal Friday, and that affected his ability to move properly or summon the intimidating serves that carried him to his lone Grand Slam title at the 2014 U.S. Open, where he surprisingly beat Federer in the semifinals.This one was all Federer, who had been tied at seven championships with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw in what’s still officially called Gentlemen’s Singles. Sampras won all but one of his in the 1990s; Renshaw won each of his in the 1880s, when the previous year’s winner advanced automatically to the final.With clouds overhead and a bit of chill in the air Sunday, Federer’s early play was symptomatic of jitters. For everything he’s accomplished, for all of the bright lights and big settings to which he’s become accustomed, the guy many have labeled the “GOAT” – Greatest of All Time – admits to feeling heavy legs and jumbled thoughts to this day.It was Federer, not Cilic, who double-faulted in his first two service games. And it was Federer, not Cilic, who faced the initial break point, in the fourth game. But Cilic netted a return, beginning a run of 17 points in a row won by Federer on his serve. He would never be confronted with another break point.”I gave it my best,” Cilic said. “That’s all I could do.”In the next game, Federer broke to lead 3-2. He broke again to take that set when Cilic double-faulted, walked to the changeover and slammed his racket. Cilic sat and covered his head with a white towel.With Federer up 3-0 in the second set, Cilic cried while he was visited by a doctor and trainer. He said that was not so much a result of his foot’s pain as the idea that he could not play well enough to present a challenge.”Very tough emotionally,” said Cilic, whose foot was re-taped by a trainer after the second set. “I knew that I cannot give my best on the court.”It might not have mattered. Federer was, as he’d been all tournament, flawless, the first man in 41 years to win Wimbledon without ceding a set. Against Cilic, he had 23 winners, only eight unforced errors.This caps a remarkable reboot for Federer, who departed Wimbledon a year ago with a lot of doubts: His body was letting him down for the first time in his career. He skipped the Rio Olympics, the U.S. Open and everything else in an attempt to try to get healthy.It worked. And how.Feeling refreshed and fully fit, Federer returned to the tour in January and was suddenly playing like the guy of old, rather than like an old guy.advertisementIn a turn-back-the-clock moment, he faced rival Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final and, with a fifth-set comeback, won. It was Federer’s 18th Grand Slam title, adding to his own record, and first in 4 and a half years. Those who had written Federer off needed to grab their erasers.The formula made sense, clearly, so why not try it again? Federer skipped this year’s clay-court circuit to be in top shape for the grass courts he loves so dearly. Sunday’s victory made Federer 31-2 in 2017, with a tour-leading five titles.”On one side, yes, it surprises me. On the other side, I know he’s able to do so many things. So it’s not surprising,” coach Severin Luthi said. “But when it happens, it’s amazing.”Yes, Federer is back to being supreme in tennis, lording over the sport the way no man has.He’s not, of course, the same 21-year-old kid who had a ponytail and scruff when he beat Mark Philippoussis in the 2003 Wimbledon final. Or the teen who, two years earlier, beat Sampras himself at Centre Court in the fourth round, their only tour-level meeting.Federer’s hair is cropped, his face clean shaven. He’s a father of four, and both sets of twins – boys, 3, in their light blue blazers; girls, 7, in their dresses – were in the guest box for Sunday’s trophy ceremony.One son stuck a couple of fingers in his mouth until a sister grabbed his hand.”They have no clue what’s going on. They think it’s probably a nice view and a nice playground. But it’s not quite like that here, so one day, hopefully, they’ll understand,” Federer said about his boys.As for the girls, he said: “They enjoy to watch a little bit. They come for the finals, I guess.”When Dad is Roger Federer, you can wait until the last Sunday to show up.And you just might get to see him cradle that gold trophy.
APTN National NewsThe Michif language is known as the dialect of the Metis.It’s combined of the cultures that came together when settlers arrived in Canada.However, in almost two centuries since that blending, Michif has struggled to stay alive.APTN’s Brandi Morin takes a look at what’s being done to keep it going.
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congatec announces the conga-SMX8, the company’s first SMARC 2.0 Computer-on-Module based on the 64-bit NXP i.MX8 multi-core ARM processor family. The ARM Cortex-A53/A72 based conga-SMX8 represents the new flagship module for ultra-low-power embedded computer designs, offering the recent best-in-class ARM processor with excellent performance, flexible graphics and numerous embedded features for all kind of IIoT applications.The new SMARC 2.0 modules with NXP i.MX8 processors, hardware based virtualization and resource partitioning are of great interest for a wide range of stationary and mobile industrial applications including real-time robotics and motion controls. Since the modules are qualified for the extended ambient temperature range from -40°C to +85°C, they can also be used in fleet systems for commercial vehicles or infotainment applications in cabs, busses and trains as well as all the new electric and autonomous vehicles.The new conga-SMX8 modules feature up to 8 cores (2x A72 + 4x A53 + 2x M4F), up to 8 GByte of LPDDR4 MLC or pseudo SLC memory and up to 64 GByte of non-volatile memory on the module. The extraordinary interface set includes 2x GbE including optional IEEE1588 compliant precision clock synchronization, up to 6x USB including 1x USB 3.1, up to 2x PCIe Gen 3.0, 1x SATA 3.0, 2x CAN bus, 4x UART as well as an optional onboard Wi Fi/Bluetooth module with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and BLE. Up to 3 displays can be connected via HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2, 2x LVDS and 1x eDP 1.4. For video cameras, the modules support 2 MIPI CSI-2 video inputs. The new NXP i.MX8 based SMARC 2.0 modules come as application-ready super components including U-Boot and complete Board Support Packages for Linux, Yocto and Android.The new i.MX8 based SMARC 2.0 Computer-on-Modules are complemented by numerous add-on services offered by congatec, reducing the complexity of the integration while accelerating the design-in time for fastest time-to-market. Major premium service pillars are the personal design-in support available for each OEM implementation as well as the individually selectable next-level support of the Technical Solutions Center. This team of specialists addresses all customized needs – from requirements engineering support and boot loader configuration with extended OS support to test, validation and debugging services. ARM services from congatec are characterized by high quality and personal care for the most simplified use of embedded computer technologies. Customers benefit from fast and efficient design-in of their products as ’plug & play’ is more efficient and cost saving than ’trial & error’.As congatec is a member of NXP’s Early Access Program, the new congatec SMARC modules will be available in series production in time with the production launch of the new i.MX8 processor family by end of this year.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Kontron: mission-ready COBALT 901|400 series ideal for airborne applicationsNext ST updates free embedded software for enhanced LoRaWAN experience
By Philem Dipak SinghColombo, Sep 28 (PTI) Title favourites India will face hosts Sri Lanka in the summit clash of university level Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals T20 tournament here on Saturday. The host country’s Business Management School (BMS) on Friday easily defeated Pakistan’s Karachi University by eight wickets in the play-off match at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground to set up a summit clash date with their Indian counterparts. Indian team, Marathwada Mitra Mandal College of Commerce (MMMCC) from Pune, had already booked a place in the final after topping the six-team league stage with an all-win record. The Indian team had beaten the Sri Lankan side by seven wickets in the league stage on September 24. Put into bat, Karachi University made 142 for 8 from their 20 overs with Arsalan Farzand top-scoring with a 43-ball 53 while Khurram Shahzad contributed 34. BMS chased down the modest target with 2.3 overs to spare as they reached 143 for 2 in 17.3 overs. Wicketkeeper Pasindu Lakshanka remained not out on 75 which he made from 60 balls while opener Hashan Dumindu contributed 35. On Thursday, MMMCC had thrashed Zimbabwean side National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo by 136 runs to record their fifth win on the trot and storm into the summit clash. The team rode on a fine unbeaten 133 from captain Subham Nagawade to post 244 for two and then restricted the Zimbabwean side to 109 for 9. This is the third time Marathwada Mitra Mandal College of Commerce is representing India in the tournament and the team is making its first appearance in the final. The Pune team topped the league table with 10 points after winning all their five matches and straightway made it to the final. D A V College, Chandigarh had won the expanded edition of the tournament in 2013 while Rizvi College from Mumbai won the inaugural event in 2012 when it competed among Asian countries only. Red Bull Campus Cricket is a global T20 cricket tournament for university teams, serving as an international platform for young and budding cricketers to showcase their talent and hone their skills. The tournament is now in its seventh year. Teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and United Arab Emirates tookpart in this edition. PTI PDS BSBSadvertisement