London: Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament’s oldest champion with a straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic who dramatically broke down in tears midway through the final. Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title 6-3 6-1 6-4 and at 35 is Wimbledon’s oldest men’s winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976.
However, the Swiss superstar’s 11th Wimbledon final, and 29th at the majors, will also be remembered for the moving sight of the popular Cilic breaking down in tears after slipping 3-0 behind in the second set. The seventh seeded Croatian, the 2014 US Open champion, sobbed inconsolably and buried his head in his towel as his title dream slipped away.
He then had his left foot taped at the end of the second set but it was in vain as Federer became the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win Wimbledon without dropping a set in the entire tournament. Beneath a star-studded Royal Box where Prince William and wife Kate rubbed shoulders with actors Hugh Grant and Bradley Cooper, Cilic had his first break point in the fourth game. It was saved by Federer and it was to be Cilic’s only glimmer of hope.
Federer broke in the next game when his opponent suffered a nasty fall on the worn surface which was to ultimately undermine his challenge. Federer then served up two love service games before claiming the opener 6-3 off a Cilic double fault, the Croatian’s second of the final. The Swiss superstar swept into a 3-0 lead in the second set and at the changeover, Cilic slumped in his courtside chair in tears and in obvious pain. The trainer and doctor were summoned before Cilic hid his head in his towel in a desperate attempt to compose himself.
The 28-year-old held serve on the resumption but the lethal barrage continued, Federer stretching his lead over his friend to 4-1. Cilic dropped the set 6-1 and called a medical timeout to have his left foot bandaged and take a painkiller. His discomfort was reflected in his statistics. By the end of the second set, he had served just two aces compared to the 130 he had fired past bamboozled opponents in his previous six rounds. Federer pounced again with a break for 4-3 and wrapped up the one-sided final with a second serve ace to complete his coronation after just 1hr 41 minutes. Fittingly, he too wept at the end.
Roger Federer winning record eighth Wimbledon title
8: Number of Wimbledon titles for Federer
Roger Federer won his historic and record Wimbledon title 6-3 6-1 6-4 against Croatian Marin Cilic in a one-sided final and it only took Federer 101 minutes to beat Cilic.
2012: The last Wimbledon title
Federer has won record 8 titles at Wimbledon and his first since 2012 at SW 19, surpassing American great Pete Sampras, who had won seven Wimbledon titles
2: Grand slams for FedEx in 2017
The Swiss maestro won Australian Open earlier this year and then pulled out of French Open to concentrate on Wimbledon
35: Age no factor for Federer
Federer is now oldest men's winner of Wimbledon in modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976
29: Number of major finals FedEx has appeared in
Federer has now participated in 11 Wimbledon and 29 other majors and has come out victorious on 19 occasions.
0: Number of sets dropped by Federer at SW 19
Federer didn't drop a single set during the tournament and proved that age is just a number and sky is the limit for the Switzerland's favourite son
2012: Last grand slam before 2017 season
Federer went through a rough patch, where he didn't win any grand slams after Wimbledon 2012, but bounced back strongly in 2017 season to win Australian Open and Wimbledon.
30: Slams by Murray, Djokovic and Nadal
Federer has always performed well against Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal and raised his game on big occasions and now stands in unchartered territory with 19 majors.
4: Complete career slam for Federer
Federer has won Australian Open (5), French Open (1), Wimbledon (8), US Open (5) times to complete career slam
19: Grand slam titles won by Federer
The Swiss legend has created a legacy by winning 19 majors and Spaniard Rafael Nadal comes second with 15 titles.