Roger Federer beats emotional Marin Cilic to win record eighth Wimbledon title

Switzerland’s Roger Federer holds the winner’s trophy after beating Croatia’s Marin Cilic in their men’s singles final match

Roger Federer has thrashed Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to win a record eighth Wimbledon title.

The 35-year-old became the oldest male champion at SW19 after demolishing his opponent in less than two hours on Centre Court.

The victory is the Swiss star’s 19th Grand Slam title and means he overtakes Pete Sampras as the most successful male player in the tournament’s history.

Despite not winning Wimbledon since 2012, the Swiss said he “always believed I could come back and do it again.”

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An emotional Maric Cilic is given assistance during the Wimbledon final

An emotional Maric Cilic is given assistance during the Wimbledon final

He said: “Not to drop a set it’s magical, I can’t believe it just yet, it’s too much really.

“It’s just belief, that I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure I would ever be here in another final.”

After slipping 3-0 behind in the second set, Cilic called for medical attention and broke into tears while receiving treatment for blisters on his left foot.

He lost the set but fought on through the pain, forcing Federer to break his serve at 3-3 in the final set.

Federer, 35, has become the oldest man in the open era to win Wimbledon

Federer described his win as ‘magical’

Cilic later explained he cried after “feeling that I wasn’t able to give my best”.

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He said: “It was actually very difficult to focus on the match, as well, as my mind was all the time blocked with the pain.

“It was tough for me to focus on the tactics, on the things that I needed to do.”

Federer clinched the title in an hour and 41 minutes – taking him four Grand Slams beyond Spain’s Rafael Nadal and five beyond Sampras.

The 35-year-old has appeared in 29 Grand Slam finals, 42 semifinals and 50 quarterfinals, spending 302 weeks as the world’s number one ranked player – the most of any professional since records began in 1973.


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