After none of Roger Federer’s major rivals like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray made it to the summit clash at Wimbledon, the Swiss maestro was expected to land an astonishing eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday.
But the way he did it against Marin Cilic would have astounded even his staunchest supporters. The 35-year-old was at his regal best in a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 win on a glorious afternoon at the SW19, demolishing his challenger Marin Cilic who broke down in tears midway through the match.
One could sympathise with him, for that was how dominant Federer was. His forehands were crisp and the single-handed backhands, as always, a thing of beauty.
Cilic looked out of his depth right from the world go as Fedex won the first set and stormed through the second, by which time Cilic had mentally retired from the game.
Though the Croat won four games in the final set, there was never any danger of him mounting a comeback as Federer sealed his 19th Grand Slam title without dropping a set.
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