Roger Federer cruises past Marin Cilic to make Wimbledon history

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Roger Federer kisses his eighth Wimbledon title

Roger Federer has won his eighth Wimbledon title, after a dominant and convincing 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 demolition of Marin Cilic.

Federer breezed through to his 19th Grand Slam title in style, seeing off Cilic’s challenge in just an hour and 41 minutes at SW19 without dropping a set.

It was his fifth title of the 2017 season, as the 35 year-old continued what has been an incredible resurgence.

“The tournament that I played without dropping a set is just magical,” Federer said. “I can’t believe it. It’s too much really, he added.

After he returned from a six-month hiatus to win the Australian Open in January, the Swiss skipped the entire clay season, including the French Open.

Consequently, Federer says he won’t mind a repeat of the tactics if it ‘keeps working out this fantastic.’

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Federer is the first player in 41 years to win at Wimbledon without dropping a set

“I’ll be gone again for the next six months if it keeps working out this fantastic when I come back,” he added.

The third seeded Swiss had some words of encouragement for his challenger, Cilic, who was playing in his first final at SW19 and struggled with a blister on his left foot, before breaking down in tears in the second set.

“It is cruel sometimes,” Federer said. “But Marin fought well and is a hero. So, congratulations on a wonderful tournament.

Federer has now surpassed Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who won seven titles at the All England Club, to stand alone with eight wins.

He becomes the oldest player to win at Wimbledon in the open era, extending his lead over rival, Rafael Nadal, to four Grand Slam titles.

Also, Federer has won two of the three Grand Slam tournaments played so far this year, and hopes to be at Wimbledon to defend his crown.

“I hope I can come back next year and try to defend the title,” he said.

Federer won his first Wimbledon title in 2003.

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