Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic in straight sets in a one-sided match and captured the Wimbledon crown for record eighth time.
Roger Federer showed his class, not his age, in defeating Crotia’s Marin Cilic and became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times. He also extended his record to 19 Grand Slam.
It was a one-sided match as the Swiss third seed won 6-3 6-1 6-4 against a nervous seventh seed Cilic who broke down after the second set, drenching his towel in tears. As a commentator said: Cilic has no place to hide on the haloed Centre Court at Wimbledon.
Cilic had to be attended to by his doctor and physio after the second sat for blisters on his left foot.
Federer, 35, too broke down after winning the match in one hour and 41 minutes to claim his first Wimbledon title since 2012.
He becomes the oldest man in the Open Era to hold the Wimbledon trophy, but he was agile and ruthless in his game against the Croatian.
Federer admitted of Cilic’s blisters that “It is cruel sometimes. But Marin fought well and is a hero, so congratulations on a wonderful tournament.”
With today’s win, Federer surpasses Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who won their seventh titles in 2000 and 1889 respectively. Only Marina Navratilova is still ahead in terms of Wimbledon singles titles with nine trophies in her collection.
Federer’s journey this year at Wimbledon was amazing as he became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the Wimbledon title without dropping a set.
The Swiss has won two of the three Grand Slam titles so far this year, having returned from a six-month break to win the Australian Open in January.
In his post match comments, he said: “I never give up in a match. I gave it my best – it’s all I can do.”
“I think the younger twins think this is a nice view and a nice playground – hopefully one day they’ll understand,” added Federer.
“They come for the finals. It’s a wonderful moment for the family and my team.
“This one is for us. Thank you to Wimbledon, thank you Switzerland.”