Federer wins 8th Wimbledon title

Vincent Carr
July 17, 2017

IST: Marin Cilic takes medical time-out.

Already one set down and with rampant Roger Federer cruising 3-0 on the way to a second, the Croatian broke down and began sobbing, the reason why this was happening was not yet clear.

It took an imperious Federer 37 minutes to claim the opening set - breaking Cilic on two separate occasions.

IST: Federer holds on to his serve to make it 2-2 in the first set. Cilic's nerves were progressively evident, culminating with a double fault on set point.

On the other hand, Cilic beat American 24th seed Sam Querrey 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 in the semi finals.

Sunday's success marked the 35-year-old's second Grand Slam win of the year after January's Australian Open, with his career major tally now up to 19. Now we'll get to see if Cilic can do the same to Federer.

Three quick thoughts on the men's championship match at Wimbledon 2017.

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Will history repeat itself? .

Federer became the first player in history to win the men's singles at Wimbledon on eight occasions. He will face Marin Cilic in the final.

How Federer won that record eighth Wimbledon title is another story in itself.

Federer last won the grass-court major in 2012. His win on Sunday, he became the oldest male player to win the tournament in the Open Era at the age of 35.

Federer won the Australian Open earlier this year after a long break due to injury and has now triumphed at Wimbledon, having skipped the entire clay-court season.

The 18-times Grand Slam victor Federer, level with Britain's William Renshaw and American Pete Sampras on a joint record seven Wimbledon titles, had entered the final as the clear favourite, having not dropped a set in entire the tournament.

From tennis players to footballers to cricketers, all have hailed Federer's feat.

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