Federer out to claim record against fresh face Cilic

Roger Federer acknowledges the crowd after another Wimbledon win

Roger Federer acknowledges the crowd after another Wimbledon win

But Cilic netted a return, beginning a run of 17 points in a row won by Federer on his serve.

Federer's win comes five years after his last triumph at the All England Club and makes him Wimbledon's oldest men's champion of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe who was almost 32 when he won Wimbledon in 1975.

Becoming the favorite after both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were eliminated late in the major tournament, Federer never let up.

Roger Federer has jokingly suggested putting his body on ice over the coming years to give him a chance of adding to his success after winning a record eighth Wimbledon singles title.

"I couldn't tell what it was", Federer said. You always worry that you might not get to play another match out there, but fortunately this year I will.

"You need to hurt him where it hurts already".

Federer surpasses Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who won their seventh titles in 2000 and 1889 respectively, with only Martina Navratilova still ahead in terms of Wimbledon singles titles on nine.

The 2008 five-set epic final at Wimbledon is regarded by many as the best ever tennis match. Rafael Nadal didn't drop a set to win his 10th French Open last month, and now Federer is back on top at Wimbledon. "It's too much really", Federer said. It is very special.

"It's special, Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament", he said. "My heroes walked the grounds here".

So much so that, regrettably, this Wimbledon final might be remembered by some as much for what Federer did to his opponent as the way he did it.

In pain from a blister, his legs appearing tied together and his mind in turmoil, Cilic seemed on the verge of quitting as the tears flowed and the crowd murmured in embarrassment.

"It was just a feeling I knew I can not give my best on the court, that I can not give my best game, especially at this stage of my career, at such a big match", he said.

"The physios here helped me over the last 30 hours".

"But because it's far away, because of what happened previous year, I just like to take the opportunity to thank the people in the very moment, and make them understand, yes, I hope that I'm back".

This has been the beauty and the wonder of Federer's career, the gradual - and now undeniable - realisation that what we are seeing is better than anything the game has seen.

At 2-2 Cilic took a tumble to the turf trying to reach a Federer dropshot and followed that with two lame backhands to hand master front-runner Federer control.

A lovely cross-court forehand helped Federer towards set point in game nine and Cilic duly double-faulted, ending the set with a 49% first-serve percentage that hardly troubled the Swiss.

Cilic's eyes welled up and he started crying at 6-4 3-0 down and was spoken to on court by a doctor.

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