Fed wins record eighth W’don title



July 17, 2017
Fed wins record eighth W’don title

ANOTHER ONE: Champ Roger Federer

Ruthless Roger Federer thrashed suffering Croat Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1 and 6-4 to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles crowns yesterday, five years after landing his seventh.

Appearing in his 11th Wimbledon final, the Swiss maestro was challenged early on by his opponent.

But once he broke a nervous Cilic in the fifth game of the opening set, the match became a no-contest.

Cilic was overwhelmed, physically and mentally, and Federer claimed victory in less than two hours to become the oldest man to claim the title in the professional era – 22 days before his 36th birthday.

Cilic required a medical timeout after surrendering the second set in 25 minutes – a problem apparently with his foot – but it was his gees that was stukkend.

Federer missed a first match point when a forehand went wide but converted the second with his eighth ace of the match.

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