Roger Federer has won a record eighth Wimbledon title after destroying suffering Croat Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 on Sunday, five years after landing his seventh.
Third seeded Federer glided to the title without dropping a single set, and he reduced Cilic to tears with a dazzling array of winners at a rocking Centre Court.
Sunday’s victory, in one hour and 41 minutes, also makes him the oldest man in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon title at 35.
It was a similar masterful performance to his semifinal display against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, and despite early resistance from the Croatian seventh seed, it became a no-contest after Federer broke in the fifth game.
“I’m feeling great,” a delighted Federer said.
“The tournament I’ve played, not dropping a set, it’s magical. It’s too much. It’s belief that I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be here after last year. I had some tough ones, losing to Novak. I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today with the eighth. It’s fantastic.”
“I hope I can come back next year to try to defend the title.”
The victory, Federer’s second major win this year after he claimed the Australian Open, takes him up to no 3 on the rankings, edging out French Open runner-up, Stan Wawrinka from the top four.