A PAINFUL and cruelly-timed blister was behind Marin
Cilic’s tears as he slipped to a straight sets defeat to
Roger Federer in the final.
Hobbled by a foot problem suffered in the first set of Federer’s 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory, Cilic wept
inconsolably on Centre Court midway through the second set
after calling for medical attention.
The former US Open champion gamely played through the pain for
the rest of a one-sided final before wiping away more tears
during the trophy presentation.
Tennis: Marin Cilic breaks down during his Wimbledon
final against Roger Federer.
Cilic’s dramatic breakdown took many by surprise but the
Croatian later revealed he had come into Sunday’s final
battling a painful injury.
“I got a bad blister in the semi-final against Sam Querrey,”
“The (physios) I want to thank them, they were almost
constantly with me and they did as much as they could but
unfortunately I still felt that pain and every time I had to do
a reaction, fast change of movement I was unable to do that.
“Obviously it was very tough emotionally because I know how
much I went through the last few months, with preparation and
“It was also tough because of my own team, they did so much for
me and I just felt it was really bad luck.
“I really wanted to give my best and to try as much as I
Federer saluted Cilic as a “hero” in his victory speech.
Cheered by the capacity crowd, including Hollywood actors
Bradley Cooper and Hugh Grant, Cilic was given a glowing
tribute by eight-time champion Federer.
“It’s cruel sometimes. He fought well. He’s a hero, congrats on
a wonderful tournament Marin,” Federer said.
“You should be really proud, it’s such a special occasion to
play in a final. I hope we can play some better ones down the
road. Well done.”
Originally published as
Shattered Cilic explains Wimbledon breakdown