Roger Federer has won the first set 6-3 against Marin Cilic in the men’s final at Wimbledon. In recent time, Marin Cilic has done a lot of damage to Federer as he failed to convert three match points in the quarter-finals previous year.
Cilic, who was trailing 3-0 in the second set having lost the opener 6-3, broke down during the change of ends.
With this success, the Grand Slam Trophy record holder surpassed one of his youthful models, American Pete Sampras, and Briton William Renshaw, a late 19th century champion with whom he shared the record titles in London. Then, after Wimbledon, he did not play at all the rest of the year, skipping the Rio Olympics, the U.S. Open and everything else in an attempt to let his knee fully heal.
The 35-year-old was in superb form at this year’s edition, storming to the title without dropping a single set throughout the tournament. The Swiss, however, insists that he always retained faith in his grand slam-winning credentials. Cilic manfully persevered, but to no avail, as Federer ruthlessly dispatched the Croatian.
Federer dominated an anti-climactic final in which Cilic battled both nerves and a foot injury.
While sat on his chair, Cilic was then visibly upset and started crying, as Federer waited patiently. At one point during the second set, Cilic was in tears – which he said was from frustration over not being able to play at his best, not the pain.
“But Marin fought well and is a hero, so congratulations on a wonderful tournament”.
And Federer, who is the new world number three now, believes with his new schedule, he will be back to defend his crown next year. I kept on dreaming and believing.
However, he has only won one of his last 12 matches against a top five player at the Slams, even if that was over Federer in NY three years ago.