Cilic in pain and tears in Wimbledon final against Federer

Ross Houston
July 18, 2017

They said he was finished - that, without a grand slam title for nearly five years, his glory days were behind him.

Yet, having delivered a 19th major title for his army of fans on Centre Court, Federer admitted that his advancing age and last year's injury issues meant he could not say for certain that he would be back to defend his crown next year.

The ad, by Wieden + Kennedy, comes with plenty of attitude, a pumping soundtrack and warns "If you are not here to cut the grass get off my lawn". After the match, Federer seemed to get overwhelmed by the emotion of the moment as he started to cry after sitting down and seeing his four children celebrating his win.

And with just few weeks left to his 36th birthday, Federer insisted that if his health permits then he would be playing the tournament until he is 40.

He attended the traditional champions' dinner with women's victor Garbine Muguruza, although the pair didn't dance as Federer said: "when there's no music whatsoever, it's hard to get going".


"It was just a feeling I knew I can not give my best on the court, that I can not give my best game, especially at this stage of my career, at such a big match", he said."It was very, very hard to deal with it".

I refer, of course, to Roger Federer, the incomparable Swiss gentleman who won his eighth Wimbledon championship Sunday with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 dismantling of Marin Cilic of Croatia. "Here I am with an eighth title, it's fantastic".

He said: 'I guess it's again disbelief that I can achieve such heights and I wasn't sure I would ever be here again in another final.

Federer, seeded No. 3, won every set he played throughout the two-week run in this year's tournament to capture his second Grand Slam of the year.

"I'll be gone again for the next six months! That's where he is and that's from one sportsman to another - perhaps that's the biggest compliment I can give, the greatest of all time, full stop". Played my best tennis here and I want to thank my team for being an incredible strength.


The Swiss star returned back to his menacing best following the radical transformation he made to his playing schedule since slumping to a defeat to Canadian Milos Raonic in the semi-finals of the Wimbledon in 2016.

"I have to check if it's worth chasing it".

The dance between the two champions at the Wimbledon dance was a tradition until Andy Murray opted out of dancing with Serena Williams.

Williams was a point away twice from winning the opening set, ahead 5-4, while Muguruza served. Current policy is that a player must be retired for five years, but only Federer knows when that day will dawn.


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