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Wimbledon: Roger Federer dismantles Cilic for record-breaking 8th title!

Wimbledon: Roger Federer dismantles Cilic for record-breaking 8th title!

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by Jovica Ilic

What a difference a year can make! 12 months ago, Roger Federer reached the semi-final of Wimbledon, losing to Milos Raonic, and he decided to end his season at that point, in order to recover from a knee injury. With a shadow over his head, Roger came back fresh and resilient in January, eager to prove he is still the force to be reckoned with, and he did that in a perfect manner! Namely, he defeated his nemesis, Rafael Nadal in the final of Australia Open, for his first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon 2012, and he never stopped since, conquering Indian Wells, Miami, and Halle, as well.

The best was yet to come, though, as he set his eyes on his prime target, his beloved Wimbledon, chasing the record 8th title that would put him clear of Pete Sampras. Roger did everything right to reach his 11th Wimbledon final, and he took down the 7th seed Marin Cilic by 6-3 6-1 6-4 to grab his 19th Grand Slam title, becoming the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open era, almost 4 years older than Arthur Ashe who was the previous record holder! Roger proved his class in another segment, winning the title without losing a set, as the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1976 who managed to do that, ending his campaign in the best possible way. Federer improved his score to 31-2 in 2017.

In addition, Roger is now a legitimate contender for the year-end number 1 spot, moving just 1200 points away from Andy Murray, and entering the Top 3 for the first time since August 2016. This was 102nd Wimbledon match for Roger (91-11), which ties him with Jimmy Connors, and he will move in front of the great American next season.

Marin, a Grand Slam champion himself as well, had to prove his quality in the toughest test of his career, playing in his first Wimbledon final, and it proved to be a little bit too much for him to handle! Since the 5th game of the opening set, when he suffered a break, he couldn't find his game that brought him the final at first place, making too many errors and having difficulties to move like he would want to.

Roger closed the first set with another break in game 9, on Marin's double fault, and things became even harder for the Croat when he dropped 12 out of the opening 15 points in set number 2, to trail 3-0. At the changeover, he burst into tears, surrendered with doctors, but it seemed he didn't have any kind of physical issues.

Some 20 minutes later, he was forced to take a medical time out to have a treatment on his left foot, taking some pain killers as well. Roger was focused and determined to use every opportunity, he lost just 4 points in the entire set and he broke Marin again to take 2 sets to love lead with another commanding hold in game 7.

Marin recovered his game a little bit in the third set but he never looked like a player who can threaten rock solid Roger, who just stuck to his plan and waited for a chance on return. He missed a break point in the third game but he broke in game 7 when Marin netted a forehand, and Swiss star was just 2 games away from Wimbledon glory.

Croat was unable to do anything on the return, like pretty much in the entire match (he had only one break point) and Roger served out for the win in game 10, celebrating one of the most important titles he has ever won, and this was the 93rd in his huge collection.

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