Federer defeats Cilic for record-breaking 8th Wimbledon title

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

In what was possibly the most one-sided final in years, Roger Federer has won his record eighth Wimbledon title.

Switzerland's Roger Federer pats the ball back to a ballboy after holding serve as he plays his Men's Singles semifinal match against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in Londo. After Federer took the second set, Cilic took time out and a retirement, a first in a hundred years, seemed likely but Cilic returned to battle through the final set.

During the final the Swiss player, ranked fifth worldwide, beat Marin Cilic (Cro/APT 6) in three sets (6-3, 6-1, 6-4).

Federer defeats Cilic for record-breaking 8th Wimbledon title

Seventh seed Cilic struggled with blisters on his left foot and broke down in tears during the second set.

The second set Federer started with the jerk 3:0. Federer gave his first big hint that he was on his way to big things here by upsetting Sampras in the fourth round in five sets in 2001.

Federer won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, as a 21-year-old.

The 2015 US Open champion, said: "It was just a feeling that I knew that I could not give my best on the court, that I could not give my best game and my best tennis".

Federer did manage to win the Australian Open earlier this year, though, surprising many and putting the rest of the tennis world on notice. Coupled with his 2007 triumph in Australia, Federer also joins Nadal and Borg, who have three apiece, as the only men in the Open Era to win multiple majors without dropping a set.

"I wasn't serving very good today because of that".

There has only ever been one retirement in a Wimbledon men's singles final, back in 1911, and Cilic at least had the support of the crowd as he opted to play through the pain. If he somehow wins at Arthur Ashe in August, what a year it would be for Federer.

After clinching the final point of the title-decider, Federer was overcome with emotions.

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