Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

The money's on Marin Cilic for Wimbledon win

Roger Federer can become the only man with eight titles at Wimbledon if he defeats Marin Cilic on Sunday. Reuters Roger Federer can become the only man with eight titles at Wimbledon if he defeats Marin Cilic on Sunday. Reuters
Freda Brock | 17 July, 2017, 14:28

Finally, the legend clinched the sixth game to create history.

Roger Federer wins The Championships, Wimbledon in an impressive three set victory.

The end came quickly as Federer served at 5-4 to regain the title he cherishes above all others. In total, the 35 year old Swiss has won 93 tournaments since the beginning of his career.

And afterwards, Federer strongly hinted that his appetite for winning major titles will not show any signs of diminishing. The seven-time Wimbledon Champion owns a 163-24 record on grass, while Cilic own s a 60-25 record on grass.

At 35 years 342 days, Federer is the oldest man in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon title and the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title since Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open aged 37 years 62 days. He was injured and received treatment on his left foot on the changeover between the second and third sets.

Cilic leads all players with 130 aces during the Wimbledon fortnight.

He appeared to have pulled himself together physically and mentally in the third set, but Federer again stole a break at a crucial midway point. The Swiss has saved 80 percent of the break points he has faced (16/20) while Cilic has saved just 58 percent of break points faced (14/24).

Marin Cilic won the US Open in 2014 and will be hoping to become only the second Croatian to clinch the Wimbledon title. AP
Marin Cilic won the US Open in 2014 and will be hoping to become only the second Croatian to clinch the Wimbledon title. AP

Federer has now won three Grand Slam titles since turning 30, adding to his wins at Wimbledon in 2012 and at the Australian Open earlier this year.

With the way Federer is playing right now, a 20th Grand Slam victory at the U.S. Open absolutely seems within reach.

There has only ever been one retirement in a Wimbledon men's singles final, back in 1911, and Cilic at least had the support of the crowd as he opted to play through the pain.

Federer has now won 19 Grand Slams, the most by a male player in the Open era, out of 29 final appearances. Brit William Renshaw also won the London tournament seven times, between 1881 and 1889.

For seventh seed Cilic, his first final on Centre Court became a nightmare broadcast to hundreds of millions around the world. Only his compatriot Goran Ivanisevic waited longer.

"So he will clearly win his eighth title".

South Africa in control of second test after England batting collapse
And it really would take a comeback of epic proportions from England to throw this contest wide open again. Anderson then proceeded to bamboozle Maharaj with a mix of outswingers and inswingers.

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