Record Breaker: Federer Beats Cilic To Win Record Eighth Wimbledon Title
Swiss legend Roger Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times after beating Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in the men’s singles final on Sunday.
Cilic struggled with blisters on his left foot and broke down in tears during the second set. It was a disappointing day for the in-form Cilic, who required treatment on what appeared to be an injury to his foot during the match.
Federer, 35, who made a brilliant comeback from injury this year to clinch his fifth Australian Australian Open title, has now extended his grand slam title record to 19.
On the latest record, Rafael Nadal, who Federer beat at Melbourne in January, is second on 15 major singles trophies after the Spaniard won the French Open crown in July.
This was an 11th Wimbledon final for Federer and a first for Cilic but the Croatian began well, rushing his opponent with powerful, flat hitting. Cilic had a chance to get the first break on the board in the third game but netted a backhand and it was to prove very costly.
Federer reeled off six points in a row to get to 0-40 on the Cilic serve and another poor backhand gave the third seed the break. Federer now looked totally relaxed and a double fault from Cilic on set point settled the opener after only 35 minutes.
When Federer broke serve again at the start of the second set, it looked like he might totally run away with the match. Cilic called for the doctor and sat sobbing uncontrollably into his towel during the change of ends at 3-0.
Meanwhile, Federer finished the contest in one hour and 41 minutes to claim his first Wimbledon title since 2012. He becomes the oldest man in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon title.