Roger Federer wrapped up a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon men’s title, as the Swiss man proved too strong for Marin Cilic in the final to clinch his 19th grand slam.
Federer was level with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw with seven titles, but the Swiss man ensured he is now the most decorated men’s player in Wimbledon history after a comfortable 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory over his Croatian opponent.
Cilic had reached his first Wimbledon final after seeing off Andy Murray’s conqueror Sam Querrey in the semi-finals, but a foot injury took its toll on the seventh seed who missed out on a second grand slam title.
There was a nervy start to the final as Cilic hit forehand just before the net on his opening point, while Federer also offered a couple of double faults in his 11th Wimbledon final.
However, the 35-year-old did find the opening break in the fifth game after Cilic suffered an awkward fall trying to chase down a drop shot, before he sent a backhand into the net.
Australian Open champion Federer would not allow the seventh seed a way back into the set, as he set up set point with a beautiful cross-court forehand, before Cilic double faulted to hand Federer the lead.
Federer continued his momentum by breaking Cilic early again in the second set to build a 3-0 lead, before Cilic broke down in tears as the doctor, tournament referee and supervisor attended to him.
There has only ever been one retirement in a Wimbledon men’s singles final back in 1911 and while Cilic opted to play on, Federer wrapped up the second set after just over an hour as Cilic only managed to hold just one service game.
Cilic needed medical treatment for blisters on his left foot at the end of the second set, as the Croatian needed to pull of a big comeback to add another grand slam title to his 2014 US Open triumph.
However, there was to be no drama on Centre Court as Federer bagged his crucial break point at 3-3 when Cilic netted a backhand and successive forehands to leave him on the verge of history.
A wayward forehand went wide on Federer’s first championship point, but he sealed it on the second with an ace to win his eighth Wimbledon title without having dropped a set at the tournament, the first man to do so since Bjorn Borg in 1976.
After becoming the oldest man in the Open era to win the Wimbledon singles title, Federer said it was a terrific moment to write his place in history but also hinted there are no retirement plans anytime soon.
“The tournament that I played, not dropping a set, it is magical,” said the 19-time grand slam champion.
“I wasn’t sure if I would ever be back here in another final after last year but I always believed I could come back, and if you believe in your life you can go a long way. I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today.
“I can’t believe it yet. It’s disbelief that I can achieve such heights. I hope this wasn’t my last match and I can come back next year and try to defend the title.”
It was a great two weeks at SW19 that offered up some great matches including Gilles Muller stunning Rafael Nadal in the last 16, but the title belongs to Federer, who without a doubt proved he is one of the greatest of all time.