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Fed wins record eighth Wimbledon

16 July 2017 National Sport

Swiss wins 19th Grand Slam crown thanks to 6-3 6-1 6-4 win

Last Updated: 16/07/17 4:02pm

Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic to claim his record eighth Wimbledon title

Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic to claim his record eighth Wimbledon title

Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title to become the tournament’s oldest men’s champion of the Open era with a one-sided straight sets victory over Marin Cilic on Sunday.

Federer moved ahead of Britain’s William Renshaw and American Pete Sampras to claim his eighth title at the All England Club and his first since 2012 with a straightforward 6-3 6-1 6-4 success in one hour and 41 minutes.

He has not dropped a set all tournament and victory over Croatian giant Cilic gave him a 19th career Grand Slam title and second in three majors this year after sweeping to a fifth Australian Open in January following a six-month absence.

With Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal all having fallen by the wayside at Wimbledon this year, Federer took on big-hitting Cilic in the Centre Court showdown in front of watching dignitaries.

In what was his 102nd at the tournament and his 29th final at the majors, the Swiss fended off an early break point chance to win the next six straight before breaking through for a 3-2 lead.

He consolidated it with a love service game and was soon handed the opening set 6-3 after a generous double fault from his opponent, who was playing in his first Wimbledon final at the 11th attempt.

When Cilic won his only Slam at the US Open three years ago, he demolished Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals, but the seventh seed was enduring a nightmare this time around after dropping his opening service game of the second set.

An emotional Cilic was given assistance in the second set

An emotional Cilic was given assistance in the second set

An emotional Cilic was given assistance in the second set

There was concern on faces in Cilic’s box after the player called for medical assistance midway through the set. The 28-year-old looked to be in some discomfort and was moved to tears as he slumped in his chair, but he reacted in the best possible way with a firm hold as he warmed to the Centre Court crowd.

But Federer was showing no sympathy for Cilic as he broke through once again before wrapping up the second set 6-1 with an ace.

Cilic took medical time out before the start of the third set as he had his left-foot tapped up by his physio and there was genuine concerns that he could become the first player to retire in a Wimbledon final since Britain’s Herbert Roper Barrett in 1911.

The Croatian was being forced to dig deep as he looked to get his feet moving, but was still making far too many unforced errors in order to keep pace with Federer.

With the threat of rain on the horizon the 35-year-old closed in on an historic title by breaking for a 4-3 lead and completed his mission by serving the match out with his eighth ace to join Bjorn Borg as the only players in the Open era to win Wimbledon without dropping a set.

Cilic v Federer: Match Stats

5 Aces 8
3 Double faults 2
65% 1st serve win percentage 81%
39% 2nd serve win percentage 71%
12/23 Net points won 6/8
0/1 Break points won 5/10
16 Winners 23
23 Unforced errors 8
64 Total points won 96

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