Federer lifts record eighth Wimbledon title

Record-breaker Roger Federer became the first man to lift the Wimbledon title on eight occasions after a comprehensive win over Marin Cilic.

The 35-year-old is now the oldest winner of Wimbledon in the Open Era after beating Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in Sunday’s final.

It took the third seed just one hour and 41 minutes to win his first championship since 2012 after completing the whole tournament without losing a single set.

Cilic was in tears during the second set as he received treatment on his left foot and the Croatian never appeared to mentally recover from his injuries.

Federer also struggled to contain his emotions after sealing the third set and a second Grand Slam of 2017, following January’s win at the Australian Open.

“It feels great, it means the world to me, we worked so hard last year,” said Federer.

“Holding the trophy now, not dropping a set, I can’t believe it yet. It’s too much really.

“I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today with the eighth, it’s fantastic.

“I hope this wasn’t my last match and I hope I can come back next year to try to defend the title.”

After Federer survived a break point in the fourth game, he never looked back – quickly breaking Cilic’s serve and then taking the first set on a double fault from the seventh seed.

It didn’t take long for Federer to go 2-0 up after a wide Cilic backhand saw him get an early break in the second set and then gaining a double-break on a long volley.

Federer got the elusive break in the seventh game of the third set and there was nothing Cilic could do to prevent the Swiss legend securing a 19th Grand Slam title.

Cilic said: “I never give up in a match. I gave it my best – it’s all I can do.

“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.

“Of course, to all my fans in Croatia. It was really tough today. I gave it my all. I will hope I come back here another time.”

 

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