The Final of Wimbledon 2017 Gentlemen’s Draw

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

3rd seed Roger Federer (SUI) was aiming for his 8th Wimbledon Championship victory against former US Open Champion 7th seed Marin Cilic (CRO). The Croat started shakily, not being able to find his first serve regularly enough to make an impact.

Marin Čilić
Marin Čilić

With Cilic’s main weapon misfiring, it was only a matter of time until Federer broke and the Swiss converted break points at 2-2. Cilic found himself serving to stay in the set at 3-5 and the pressure forced a double fault to end the set 6-3. It became apparent in the second set that it wasn’t just the occasion that was getting to Cilic. As Federer raced away with the second set, at 3-0 a clearly distressed Cilic called on the trainer for a blister that he picked up in the 4 set semi-final against Sam Querrey. He would go on to say that it was affecting his movement and his serves, and that was evident as the second set disappeared 6-1. Federer was closing in on victory and Cilic could do very little to make it a contest, the crowd desperately wanting him to make it one. He made a spirited effort in the third set, despite the pain, and managed to take the set to 3-3 before Federer regained total control to take the match with a characteristic ace 6-3 6-1 6-4.

Federer becomes the most successful man at Wimbledon with 8 titles and moves to 19 Grand Slam titles, his nearest rival Rafa Nadal on 15. He also becomes the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the open era, having previously become the oldest man to win a grand slam since 1972 at the Australian Open earlier this year.

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