Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Wimbledon 2017 : Federer beats Berdych, faces Cilic in final

The Swiss can make it an eighth Wimbledon crown by beating Marin Cilic on Sunday afternoon The Swiss can make it an eighth Wimbledon crown by beating Marin Cilic on Sunday afternoon
Garry Little | 17 July, 2017, 18:57

In his 11th appearance in his career in the final on the prestigious lawns of the All England Club, Federer has defeated Croatian Marin Cilic in three sets of 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, in 1 hour 41 minutes.

After the match, Federer dedicated the victory to his family. Federer gave a clinical performance winning the game 6-3 6-1 6-4.

That one win though was on the way to Cilic's maiden Grand Slam victory. 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. Against the big serving American Andy Roddick, Roger played like only he can. So I guess people would have laughed, too, if I told them I was going to win two slams this year.

With his 19th slam title, Federer restored his four-slam lead over Nadal, taking another step towards ensuring his legacy will be safe at least for this generation.

Cilic said the blister had surfaced during his run to the final, which included a long five-setter against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the quarter-finals.

"That was my idea also today".

"Number eight obviously means a lot to me because at that level, to be part of Wimbledon history, is truly awesome". I want to thank my team, they gave so much strength to me.

McEnroe also spoke about his admiration for Federer, adding: 'I don't know how it feels like to be loved by the whole World, but I think that it can help you to overcome tough moments.

Federer congratulated Cilic for putting up a fearless show and playing despite injury and called him a hero.

Said Federer of his efforts and successes since his return to tennis, "If you believe, you can go really far in life". You had a wonderful tournament and sometimes you don't just see great in a final...

"Better than holding the trophy and winning today is just being healthy".

'Be proud of yourself and I hope down the road we can play some better ones'.

During the third set, Cilic gave his best effort sensing that he was one set away from losing the entire tournament.

"Every time I had to do a reaction fast, fast change of movement, I was unable to do that", said the 28-year-old. It's a special court and many legends have marked this court. From day one to finals day, Centre Court is always packed and it's a dream to play here.

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