Roger Federer has become the first man to win Wimbledon for an eighth time after he cruised to victory over a struggling Marin Cilic.
The Swiss master lifted the trophy after a straight-sets win on Centre Court and is the oldest player in 87 years to be crowned champion at the age of 35.
Federer’s brilliance is unquestioned but he will never have an easier Grand Slam final stroll than this as his Croatian opponent crumbled.
A mixture of nerves and a blistered foot, which required medical attention during the match, left the 28-year-old in tears in his courtside chair.
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Federer took full advantage and went through this year’s tournament without even dropping a set en-route to claiming his 19th Grand Slam title.
Cilic has one solitary Slam triumph to his name, the US Open crown he claimed in 2014, but looked out of sorts almost from the very first game in SW19.
He smashed his racquet in pure frustration after the veteran quickly took the opening set to put himself in the driving seat.
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But the frustration became pain and despair in the second set as the Croat was embarrassed by the sheer class of Federer in a 6-1 dismantling.
He received treatment from two doctors and his foot was heavily strapped, leaving those inside the All England Club wondering if we could see a retirement.
Injuries have plagued this year’s Championships but nobody wanted to see the finale fall victim to the curse and Cilic admirably fought on.
To his credit, the seventh seed made more of a contest of the third set but Federer was never truly concerned as he found the breakthrough.
It means the Swiss legend now stands alone at Wimbledon after overtaking the mark set by Pete Sampras in 2000 and Williams Renshaw in 1889.
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