Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament’s oldest champion on Sunday with a straight-sets victory in less than two hours over injury-hit Marin Cilic. The Croatian world No6 had slipped during the first set, which Federer won 6-3, seemingly hampering his movement from that point on, and with the score 3-0 in the second, the player was in tears while a trainer and supervisor attended to him. It seemed as though Cilic was on the point of abandoning the match, which would make him the first Wimbledon finalist to withdraw since 2011.
However, after lengthy treatment, he continued and received warm applause for winning his subsequent service game. Federer soon broke again to wrap up the second set and although Cilic appeared to recover in the third set, the Croatian was helpless as the Swiss broke again in the third set and held on for victory.
Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 and at 35 is Wimbledon’s oldest men’s winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976. However, the Swiss superstar’s 11th Wimbledon final, and 29th at the majors, will also be remembered for the moving sight of the popular Cilic breaking down in tears after slipping 3-0 behind in the second set.
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