LONDON — Roger Federer defeated seventh seed Marin Cilic in straight sets to win a record eighth Wimbledon title here on Sunday.
Third-ranked Federer, 35, spent only one hour 41 minutes winning his 11th final 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.
Cilic, who apparently was suffering from a left foot injury, was not in good form and even took a medical timeout after the first two sets.
The 28-year-old tried to get back to the match, holding his service games to make it 3-3. But Federer broke him in the seventh game and dominated the next two for the victory.
Federer, who won here last time in 2012, has taken his Grand Slam tally to 19 titles. He won his first Grand Slam title in five years in this year’s Australian Open.
“It’s such a special court, so many legends have marked this court from the women’s game, the men’s game, doubles, all of it – to be here today is very special,” Federer said on Centre Court in front of a capacity crowd, among whom are Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.
“I hope this wasn’t my last match, I hope I can come back next year and try to defend the title.”
“To be back here feeling great and holding the trophy now, not dropping a set is magical. I can’t believe it yet. It’s just too much, really.”
The Swiss superstar, who won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, will rise to No. 3 when the new world rankings are released on Monday, his highest rankings since August 2016. Xinhua-northboundasia.com