Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer wins his 19th major

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer wins his 19th major

After Federer took the second set, Cilic took time out and a retirement, a first in a hundred years, seemed likely but Cilic returned to battle through the final set.

In the day's other final on Centre Court, Jamie Murray and Swiss Martina Hingis beat Finland's Henri Kontinen and Briton Heather Watson 6-4 6-4 to win the mixed doubles final.

He was magnificent, but we have to add that he had some help because the Croatian player was injured.

- Federer broke Cilic's serve to take a 2-0 lead in the second set.

Roger Federer
GETTYRoger Federer beat Marin Cilic in straight sets to lift his eighth Wimbledon title

He has won every set he's played in six matches, and while he did not exactly dominate against the 11th-seeded Berdych, Federer was never in much trouble.

LONDON, UK - Roger Federer saluted Wimbledon "hero" Marin Cilic after the injury-hit Croatian was reduced to tears during Sunday's emotional final. "I hope I can come back next year to try to defend the title", he concluded. He didn't lose a single set during this year's tournament, becoming only the second player since Bjorn Borg to do so during the Open era (when professional tennis players were allowed to compete versus amateurs), which began in 1968. He's won two of the three majors in 2017 and he's likely to finish the year No. 1. "To all my fans in Croatia, it was tough today but I will be back to have another chance", Marin said, saying that despite his injury he was not going to give up. "Because of them, I think I became a better player, too".

Roger Federer and Marin Cilic at Wimbledon 2017. The win moves him above both Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who each have won seven titles at the grass-court major. The number eight, as Swiss tennis writer Rene Stauffer writes his biography of Federer "Quest for Perfection" is Federer's favorite lucky number. I kept on dreaming and believing.

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