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Roger Federer claims historic eighth Wimbledon title with straight sets win over emotional Marin Cilic

It was a memorable milestone for Roger Federer, who became the first man in the history of the federer 8th wimbledon Championships to lift the title eight times.

But it was not a memorable final. What we will remember is the despair of Marin Cilic, who came in carrying a damaged left foot – judging by the strapping around it – and then seemed to accentuate the problem when he slipped and fell in the fifth game of the match.


Early in the second set, the doctor and the trainer were called to attend Cilic at a changeover. His distress soon overwhelmed him and he sat weeping into his towel while Federer discreetly changed ends and returned to the court.

The spectators were concerned that that might be the end of the match. Already, ten men had retired from the court in these Championships because of injury, including Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final. The last time it happened in a men’s final was in 1911, and we can be confident that there were not 15,000 spectators watching that day, with a ticket costing almost £200 in their pocket.


Cilic did at least choose to continue, and as a result he pulled off a near-impossible feat: turning the crowd against Federer on Centre Court. It wasn’t that they wanted Cilic to win. They just wanted him to put up a fight, and extend the match somewhere close to the two-hour mark.

In terms of general competitiveness, the first four games represented the high-water mark. Cilic came out delivering the sort of thunderous groundstrokes that had shunted Federer backwards in their US Open semi-final of 2014 – a match that Cilic unexpectedly won in straight sets.
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