LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 16, 2017) (AELTC) – Ruthless Roger Federer thrashed suffering Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles crowns on Sunday (July 16), five years after landing his seventh.
The Swiss maestro, appearing in his 11th Wimbledon final, was challenged early on but once he broke a nervous Cilic in the fifth game of the opening set the match became a no-contest.
Not that Federer was concerned as, 23 days before his 36th birthday, the father of four became the oldest men’s singles champion at Wimbledon in the professional era — taking the title back without dropping a set throughout the fortnight.
It continued a remarkable resurgence by Federer who returned from six months off at the start of the year to win the Australian Open — ending a five-year wait for an 18th grand slam many thought would remain elusive.
Now he has 19 and looks capable of adding more.
For seventh seed Cilic, his first final on Centre Court became a nightmare broadcast to hundreds of millions around the world. His legs looked heavy, his mind seemed a fuzz and at times he looked on the point of throwing in the towel — breaking down in tears at 0-3 in the second set.
Cilic required a medical timeout after surrendering the second set in 25 minutes to treat a blister on his left foot.