Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer defeats Marin Colic in final

Roger Federer has defeated Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon
final.

ALREADY a legend, Roger Federer has elevated even
higher into the grand slam stratosphere with an eighth
Wimbledon triumph and 19th major success.

Defying age and wounded Marin Cilic, the 35-year-old snared
another large chunk of history with a runaway 6-3 6-1 6-4
victory at the sport’s spiritual home.

Hampered by left foot soreness, Cilic struggled to reproduce
the sparkling form which had carried him to a maiden All
England Club final, dissolving in tears as his hopes slipped
away.

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

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

Switzerland's Roger Federer has made history.

Switzerland’s Roger Federer
has made history.
Source:AFP

The US Open winner slipped over in the fifth game and, rattled,
lost seven of the next eight games — and he failed to threaten
thereafter.

His pile-driving serve deserted him and unforced errors flowed
in shattering disappointment.

As usual, Federer showed no mercy as he ended a five-year title
drought at Wimbledon, adding to his 2003-07, ‘09 and 2012
crowns.

With 22 winners and a mere eight unforced errors, Federer was
classes above his hobbled opponent.

A year ago it was Federer’s turn to limp out of the All England
Club in despair. He is now on track to regain the world No 1
ranking for the first time in five years.

Switzerland's Roger Federer (right) has defeated Croatia's Marin Cilic (left).

Switzerland’s Roger Federer
(right) has defeated Croatia’s Marin Cilic
(left).
Source:AFP

The Swiss was deposed by Novak Djokovic in 2012, ending a
cumulative record 302-week reign and he slipped to No. 17 last
year when sidelined with a knee problem.

But after the miracle Australian Open, the Wimbledon blitz and
three other titles this season from just seven events, Federer
could unseat Andy Murray at the US Open next month.

By notching an unmatched eighth Wimbledon spoil, and his 93rd
career title, Federer wound back the clock to the halcyon days
of 2009 — the last season he annexed multiple majors.

He tormented Cilic into two service breaks in the opening set,
the second with a lame double fault which so enraged the Croat
he hammered his racquet into his courtside chair at the end of
the first set.

Roger Federer has elevated even higher into the grand slam stratosphere.

Roger Federer has elevated
even higher into the grand slam
stratosphere.
Source:AFP

The barrage continued into the second as Cilic trailed 0-3
before the Croat started sobbing at the changeover, his head
buried in a towel.

Surrounded by the tournament doctor, referee and trainer, Cilic
soldiered on — only to lose serve with an errant forehand
volley to fall further behind at 1-5.

Cilic had treatment on his left foot at the end of the set but
it made no difference as Federer strode towards history.

Urged on by a centre court crowd desperate to avoid the
tournament’s first retirement in a men’s final since 1911,
Cilic lifted.

But another tentative forehand mis-hit ruined his flickering
hopes as Federer snatched another service break in the third.

Croatia's Marin Cilic wasn’t good enough for Switzerland's Roger Federer.

Croatia’s Marin Cilic wasn’t
good enough for Switzerland’s Roger
Federer.
Source:AP

Serving for the championships with new balls, Federer closed it
out after 101 minutes with his eighth ace.

Federer’s victory ensured the world’s most important title
remained in the possession of the Big Four.

No player other than Federer (eight), Novak Djokovic (three),
Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray (two titles each) has won
Wimbledon since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.

Federer is only the second man in history to win eight titles
at the same grand slam behind Rafael Nadal, who claimed his
eighth French Open in 2013 — and his 10th last month.

The Swiss master’s 19th grand slam success leaves him four
majors clear of Nadal, who is four years younger.

At 35 years and 342 days, Federer is the oldest man in the Open
era (post-1968) to win the Wimbledon title.

And he is the second oldest to win a major in the professional
era behind Ken Rosewall, who was 37 years and 62 days when he
won the 1972 Australian Open.

Rosewall (three times) and Federer (twice) are the only players
to win multiple majors after turning 35.

Only Jimmy Connors (1974-82) has had to wait longer than
Federer between Wimbledon titles.

Contesting his 102nd match at Wimbledon, Federer notched his
91st victory at the All England Club — seven more than
next-best Connors (84).

And he completed the feat without dropping a set in seven
matches, marking only the second player in the Open era after
Bjorn Borg in 1976 to do so here.

Federer’s grand slam wins

Australian Open — 2004, ‘06-07, 2010, ‘17

French Open — 2009

Wimbledon — 2003-07, ‘09, 2012, ‘17

US Open — 2004-08

Grand slam leaderboard

Roger Federer (Sui) — 19

Rafael Nadal (Spa) — 15

Pete Sampras (US) — 14

Roy Emerson (Aus), Novak Djokovic (Srb) — 12

Bjorn Borg (Swe), Rod Laver (Aus) — 11

Originally published as
Flawless Federer wins eighth crown

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