Roger Federer has won a record 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the highest that a male tennis player has ever won.
However he emerged to win a solitary game in the 25-minute second set before a medical timeout - in which he had his foot taped - provoked an upturn in form during which he showed signs of his true self. Congratulations on a wonderful tournament, Marin, you should be really proud as it is a special occasion to play in the final.
"I hope this wasn't my last match, I hope I can come back next year and try to defend the title".
Already one set down and with rampant Roger Federer cruising 3-0 on the way to a second, the Croatian broke down and began sobbing, the reason why this was happening was not yet clear. Since both semi-finals were decided, Cilic has accounted for 84.8% of all stakes placed on the match compared to just 15.2% on Federer. Moreover, Federer is at his best after dismantling all his opponents in three sets, thus, he never dropped a set. I wasn't sure if I was ever going to be here again in another final after a year ago. Starting the year off with a win a the Australian Open, Federer proved that he still has what it takes to be a top player in the sport.
"To be Wimbledon champion for an entire year now is something I can't wait to savour and enjoy".
"That was my idea also today".
"I was one point away from winning a match over here against him". So many legends have marked this court, the women's game, the men's game, mixed, doubles. I had an unbelievable journey here.
"I was just so deeply touched by my performance in the tournament from the beginning to the end", Federer said Monday morning on Today. I think Federer's experience and savvy will be too much.
For seventh seed Cilic, his first final on Centre Court became a nightmare broadcast to hundreds of millions around the world. Basically the answer was always the same from them: "that they thought if you're 100% healthy and you're well-prepared, you're eager to play, then anything's possible", Federer explained.
"[But] I'm incredibly surprised how well this year is going, how well I'm feeling, how things are turning out on the courts, how I'm managing tougher situations and where my level of play is on a daily basis".