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Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon title as Cilic crumbles

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 02:36

Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic in straight sets to clinch his record eighth Wimbledon title without dropping a single set in the tournament.

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VIDEO SHOWS: HIGHLIGHTS FROM WIMBLEDON MEN'S FINAL AS ROGER FEDERER BEATS MARIN CILIC IN STRAIGHT SETS FOR A RECORD EIGHTH TITLE AT THE TOURNAMENT SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 16, 2017) (AELTC - SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE) 1. PLAYERS ENTERING COURT 2. FEDERER BOX WITH HIS WIFE MIRKA AND FATHER ROBERT IN ATTENDANCE 3. CILIC SERVING / RALLY IN PROGRESS / CILIC SLIPS AS HE HITS A DELICATE CROSS COURT SHOT / FEDERER GETS TO BALL AND HITS WINNER 4. CILIC DOUBLE FAULTS TO HAND FEDERER THE FIRST SET 5. FEDERER SERVING ACE TO GO 3-0 UP IN SECOND SET 6. CILIC CRYING 7. FEDERER HITTING ACE AND WINNING SECOND SET 8. RALLY IN PROGRESS AFTER CILIC SERVE / RALLY ENDS WITH CILIC HITTING NET TO GIVE FEDERER A 4-3 LEAD IN THIRD SET 9. FEDERER SERVING ACE TO WIN POINT, GAME, SET, MATCH AND CHAMPIONSHIP 10. FEDERER CELEBRATING WIN 11. PLAYERS CONGRATULATING EACH OTHER AT NET 12. FEDERER WITH TROPHY 13. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WIMBLEDON RUNNER-UP MARIN CILIC, ASKED WHETHER HE WAS CRYING BECAUSE OF THE EMOTION OF NOT BEING ABLE TO PLAY HIS BEST, OR FROM THE PAIN ON HIS BLISTER, SAYING: "Well, it was definitely one of the unfortunate days for me to happen. I got a really bad blister. Even I felt it in the match with (Sam) Querrey in the semis. Fluid just came down under my callous in the foot. I want to thank the physios here, Alejandro and Graham and Dr. Phil. They helped. The last 30 hours, they were just constantly almost with me. They did as much as they could, but unfortunately I still felt the pain. Every time I had to do a reaction fast, fast change of movement, I was unable to do that. Obviously was very tough emotionally." 14. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WIMBLEDON CHAMPION ROGER FEDERER, SAYING: "Winning eight is not something you can ever aim for, in my opinion. If you do, I don't know, you must have so much talent and parents and the coaches that push you from the age of three on, who think you're like a project. I was not that kid. I was just really a normal guy growing up in Basel, hoping to make a career on the tennis tour. I guess I dreamed, I believed, and really hoped that I could actually maybe really do it, you know, to make it real." STORY: Ruthless Roger Federer thrashed suffering Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles crowns on Sunday (July 16), five years after landing his seventh. The Swiss maestro, appearing in his 11th Wimbledon final, was challenged early on but once he broke a nervous Cilic in the fifth game of the opening set the match became a no-contest. Not that Federer was concerned as, 23 days before his 36th birthday, the father of four became the oldest men's singles champion at Wimbledon in the professional era -- taking the title back without dropping a set throughout the fortnight. It continued a remarkable resurgence by Federer who returned from six months off at the start of the year to win the Australian Open -- ending a five-year wait for an 18th grand slam many thought would remain elusive. Now he has 19 and looks capable of adding more. For seventh seed Cilic, his first final on Centre Court became a nightmare broadcast to hundreds of millions around the world. His legs looked heavy, his mind seemed a fuzz and at times he looked on the point of throwing in the towel -- breaking down in tears at 0-3 in the second set. Cilic required a medical timeout after surrendering the second set in 25 minutes to treat a blister on his left foot.

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Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon title as Cilic crumbles

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 02:36