Federer defeats Cilic to win a record eighth Wimbledon championship

Federer defeats Cilic to win a record eighth Wimbledon championship
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Roger Federer makes history by being crowned Wimbledon champion for the eighth time. The 3rd seed dominated in spectacular fashion against 7th seed Marin Cilic via score of 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and fourty-three minutes. The Swiss master did not drop a set in the tournament and now has won a total of nineteen grand slams.

It was another masterclass from the 35-year-old Swiss who only made a total of eight unforced errors while hitting 23 winners. Federer, who last won Wimbledon in 2012, spoke of his latest Wimbledon crown, saying, “This tournament I’ve played, not dropping a set and holding the trophy – it’s magical. It’s too much, really.” Asked about his two sets of twins, he responded, ”It’s a wonderful moment for us as a family. This one’s for us.” On a lighter note, the Swiss commented on his decision to skip the clay season, saying, “I’ll be gone again for the next six months if it keeps working out this fantastic when I come back!”

Federer also heaped praise on Cilic, who struggled to keep ahold of his game after an outburst of emotion. He said, “He [Marin Cilic] fought well and he’s a hero. Congratulations on a wonderful tournament. You should be really proud. This is a special occasion, to play in the final.”

Cilic’s championship nerves

Cilic, appearing in his first Wimbledon final, seemed to experience championship nerves as his tight groundstrokes manifested in the early goings. It came to a close when the Croatian, after losing the first set and finding himself an early break down in the second, appeared to break down in tears. The No7 seed never really recovered from this point on but there was no taking anything away from Federer.

The Swiss was as impressive as he has ever been, even at 35. Drawing from championship experience, he did not let Cilic’s situation affect his game whatsoever. He won 81% of his first serves in and more impressively, 71% of his second serve points as opposed to the 39% of Cilic’s. After taking the second set easily in only 25 minutes of action, Federer turned the style on in the third set, breaking the Croatian again to take a 4-3 lead en route to his second grand slam win of the season.

Match Summary

Even after exchanging holds with Federer early in the first set, Cilic’s loose forehands gave the impression the Croatian experienced championship nerves. He had some success pinning Federer into the backhand and earned a break point at 2-2. However, the Swiss , as always, never let that affect him. After saving the breakpoint and holding, Federer turned up the style and earned three break points in the next game. Cilic saved the first two before the 3rd seed Swiss finally converted on the third.

Federer held his next game in the most straightforward way possible. Federer made Cilic fight for every point in the next game and though the Croatian closed the gap at 3-4, the Swiss played more comfortably knowing he was a break up. Another forthright hold meant Federer earned a chance to break Cilic for the set. While Cilic saved the first set point with an ace, his first serves had gradually let him down and after 38 minutes, Federer closed out the opening set as he converted his second break and set point.

Federer’s usual high standards of professionalism

The momentum totally stayed with Federer in the second set. Trailing at 0-1, Cilic needed all the help he could get to at least steady his ship. Cilic came up with two aces and these quick points offered some respite. However, Federer went on about his usual magisterial game, earning another break early in the second set. There was an unfortunate moment during the following break as the Croatian collapsed on his floor, covered his face with a towel and displayed a bit of emotion. It was unclear as to why the Croatian broke down to tears at this point and though an injury may have been the culprit, it was hard not to think of his obliteration in the first set as a possible cause.

The proper competitor that he is, Federer carried on with his usual high standards of professionalism. Federer raced to a 3-0 advantage and a shackled Cilic could only hold one further game before the Swiss ran away with the second set at six games to one in only 25 minutes. At the break, the physician attended to Cilic’s foot. This may have been the cause of Cilic’s unexpected display of emotion earlier.

Federer’s lethal intensity

Early in the third set, Cilic regained part of his composure somehow although Federer’s level never dropped one single bit. The Swiss master held on to his service games with lethal intensity that Cilic couldn’t match. On the other hand, Federer made the Croatian work very hard in his service games. Cilic saved a break point and eventually held on in his second service game. But at 3-3, Federer broke his serve again. The two opponents held their next service games respectively which meant Federer now served for the match at 5-4. Earning two match points at 40-15, Cilic saved the first before Federer finally took his eighth Wimbledon crown in impressive fashion.

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