Wimbledon 2017 final, highlights: Roger Federer wins historic eighth title
Roger Federer has won the Wimbledon final 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 against Marin Cilic. Federer, who had reached the final without having dropped a set throughout the tournament, continued his amazing run of form as he beat Cilic comfortably without dropping a set. This is Roger Federer’s first Wimbledon title since 2012 and his eighth Wimbledon title overall. He has now won a total of 19 Grand Slams in his career. Get highlights of Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic here.
20:51 hrs IST: That’s all from our side, thank you so much for joining us!
20:46 hrs IST: Federer: “It (Centre Court) is such a special court. So many legends have marked this court, the women’s game, the men’s game, mixed, doubles. From day one to finals day, Centre Court is always packed and it’s a dream to play here. I hope I can come back next year to try to defend the title.”
20:42 hrs IST: Federer: “I’ve got to take more time off, I don’t know. I’m going to be gone again for the next six months. Better than winning this trophy is being healthy.”
20:37 hrs IST: Federer: “I’m feeling great. The tournament I’ve played, not dropping a set, it’s magical. It’s too much. It’s belief that I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be here after last year. I had some tough ones, losing to Novak. I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today with the eighth. It’s fantastic.”
20:26 hrs IST: That’s Federer’s second Grand Slam title of the year, meaning he’s won both Grand Slams that he has participated in this year. Amazing to think he will turn 36 next month.
20:21 hrs IST: AND FEDERER WINS! In what was possibly the most one-sided final in years, Roger Federer has won his record eighth Wimbledon title.
20:18 hrs IST: Cilic manages to delay Federer’s win. Holds serve and is 5-4 behind.
20:14 hrs IST: And he holds! Federer leads 5-3. That 8th Wimbledon title isn’t too far away now.
20:11 hrs IST: Federer gets that much-needed break! He now leads 4-3 in the third set.
20:09 hrs IST: But he can hold his own serve quite effectively. 3-3 it is.
20:07 hrs IST: Federer can’t break Cilic, so it’s 3-2 in the third set.
20:03 hrs IST: Federer holds serve as well. 2-2 in the third set.
19:59 hrs IST: After a back and forth game, Cilic manages to hold serve. He’s now 2-1 up.
19:52 hrs IST: Federer holds serve too, 1-1 in the third set.
19:50 hrs IST: Regardless, Cilic holds serve and leads the third set 1-0.
19:46 hrs IST: Cilic now getting further treatment on his foot. Things aren’t looking too good for the Croat right now.
19: 42 hrs IST: Federer holds his serve to love, wins the 2nd set 6-1.
19:39 hrs IST: Federer breaks Cilic again, leads 5-1 in the 2nd set.
19:34 hrs IST: Federer holds his serve again, Leads Cilic 4-1 in the 2nd set.
19:31 hrs IST: Cilic holds his serve, Federer leads 3-1 in the 2nd set.
19:27 hrs IST: Federer holds serve to lead 3-0.
19:24 hrs IST: Federer breaks Cilic now leads the second set 2-0.
19:21 hrs IST: Federer wins the first game of the second set.
19:17 hrs IST: Federer wins the first set! Cilic lost it on a double fault, of all things. Uphill battle for the Croat now.
19:12 hrs IST: Federer easily wins the game. He’s looking set to win the first set and is leading 5-3.
19:09 hrs IST: Cilic fights hard to hold his serve this time around. He’s now trailing 4-3.
19:05 hrs IST: The answer to that is yes! Federer leads the first set 4-2.
19:01 hrs IST: FEDERER BREAKS! He now leads the first set 3-2. Can he consolidate his lead?
18:57 hrs IST: Federer does well to save a break point and hold serve. 2-2 in the first set now.
18:51 hrs IST: Cilic easily holds his serve and is leading Federer 2-1.
18:48 hrs IST: Federer does well to hold serve and it is now 1-1 in the first set.
18:43 hrs IST: Cilic wins the first game and is leading the first set 1-0.
18:40 hrs IST: Cilic is serving and the final is now underway!
18: 36 hrs IST: Cilic and Federer are now warming up.
18:33 hrs IST: The players have now walked out onto the court. The start of live action is only minutes away.
18:28 hrs IST: Cilic has previously won the US Open in 2014, but he has quite the task at hand today. Federer is definitely in formidable form right now.
18:10 hrs IST: Federer will go into the game as the favourite, having not dropped a set en route to the final. But it would be unwise to count Cilic out.
18:00 hrs IST: Welcome to live coverage of the Wimbledon men’s singles final between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic! We are now 30 minutes away from the start of live action.
The 18-time Grand Slam champion will play his 11th title match at the All England Club on Sunday with a shot at his eighth championship, more than any man in history.
When it comes to head-to-head, Federer has a clear 6-1 advantage against Cilic. This will be their first meeting in 2017. The only time the two played each other on grass was here a year back when the Swiss prevailed in five sets in the quarterfinals.