Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic in men’s final to win record eighth Wimbledon title

Switzerland’s Roger Federer holds the winner’s trophy after
beating Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

ROGER Federer has won a record eighth Wimbledon title
and became the tournament’s oldest champion with a
straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic, who
dramatically broke down in tears midway through the
final.

Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title 6-3 6-1 6-4 and at 35
is Wimbledon’s oldest men’s winner of the modern era,
succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976.

However, the Swiss superstar’s 11th Wimbledon final, and 29th
at the majors, will also be remembered for the moving sight of
the popular Cilic breaking down in tears after slipping 3-0
behind in the second set.

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Tennis: Marin Cilic breaks down during his Wimbledon
final against Roger Federer.

The seventh seeded Croatian, the 2014 US Open champion, sobbed
inconsolably and buried his head in his towel as his title
dream slipped away.

He had his left foot taped at the end of the second set but it
was in vain as Federer became the first player since Bjorn Borg
in 1976 to win Wimbledon without dropping a set in the entire
tournament.

“He’s a hero,” Federer said of his opponent.

Twelve months ago, Federer was defeated in five sets in the
semi-finals by Milos Raonic and promptly shut down his season
to rest a knee injury.

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates winning match point.

Switzerland’s Roger Federer
celebrates winning match point.
Source:AFP

“It’s disbelief I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure I
would ever be here in another final after last year,” said
Federer, who turns 36 in three weeks’ time and who has now
broken the tie for seven Wimbledon titles he shared with Pete
Sampras and William Renshaw.

“I had some tough ones in the finals, losing two against Novak
(Djokovic). “But I always believed. I kept on believing and
dreaming I could get back.

“Here am I today with the eighth. It’s fantastic, if you keep
believing you can go far in your life.”

Federer won his 18th Slam in Australia in January on his return
to the tour before adding the Indian Wells and Miami Masters
back-to-back and a ninth Halle grasscourt title.

He also skipped the entire claycourt season.

“I’ve got to take more time off,” joked Federer, playing in
just his seventh event of the year.

“I’ll be gone again for the next six months! I don’t know if it
will work as well again.” Cilic, who had spent four and a half
hours more than Federer getting to the final, said retiring
with his injury was never an option.

“I never give up in a match. I gave it my best — it’s all I
can do,” said Cilic who was still emotional at the trophy
presentation.

“I had an amazing journey here. I played the best tennis of my
life. I really want to thank my team — they gave so much
strength to me.”

Croatia's Marin Cilic wipes his face as he has treatment on his foot.

Croatia’s Marin Cilic wipes
his face as he has treatment on his
foot.
Source:AP

Beneath a star-studded Royal Box where Prince William and wife
Kate rubbed shoulders with actors Hugh Grant and Bradley
Cooper, Cilic had his first break point in the fourth game.

It was saved by Federer and it was to be Cilic’s only glimmer
of hope.

Federer broke in the next game when his opponent suffered a
nasty fall on the worn surface which was to ultimately
undermine his challenge.

Federer then served up two love service games before claiming
the opener 6-3 off a Cilic double fault, the Croatian’s second
of the final.

The Swiss superstar swept into a 3-0 lead in the second set and
at the changeover, Cilic slumped in his courtside chair in
tears and in obvious pain.

The trainer and doctor were summoned before Cilic hid his head
in his towel in a desperate attempt to compose himself.

Marin Cilic of Croatia plays a forehand.

Marin Cilic of Croatia plays a
forehand.
Source:Getty Images

The 28-year-old held serve on the resumption but the lethal
barrage continued, Federer stretching his lead over his friend
to 4-1.

Cilic dropped the set 6-1 and called a medical timeout to have
his left foot bandaged and take a painkiller.

His discomfort was reflected in his statistics.

By the end of the second set, he had served just two aces
compared to the 130 he had fired past bamboozled opponents in
his previous six rounds.

Federer pounced again with a break for 4-3 and wrapped up the
one-sided final with a second serve ace to complete his
coronation after just 1hr 41 minutes.

Fittingly, he too wept at the end.

Switzerland's Roger Federer (L) and Croatia's Marin Cilic pose with their trophies.

Switzerland’s Roger Federer
(L) and Croatia’s Marin Cilic pose with their
trophies.
Source:AFP

Originally published as
The legend grows: Flawless Fed makes more history

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