The last time Roger Federer won the prestigious Wimbledon title, it was 5 years back in 2012. The Swiss ace is once again in the finals of the tournament and will hunt down for a record 8th title at the Centre court. If he manages to clinch the title, the 36-year-old will become the oldest player in tennis history to have earned the major.
In between Federer and his 19th Career Grand Slam, stands the Croation force Marin Cilic. Remember, it was the 7th seed Croatian who was up against Federer in the Quarterfinals of the Championships in 2016 where he lost closely in a well fought encounter. Cilic had won the first two sets 7-6(4), 6-4 but could not manage to maintain the lead as the Swiss took the third set 6-3 and handed a defeat to Cilic in his first appearance in a Wimbledon semi-final.
The evergreen Swiss has been in phenomenal touch this year and has reached his 11th Wimbledon final without dropping a single set. He has just lost twice this year and this final on the Centre court will be his 102nd match at the Wimbledon.
Cilic has not had a overwhelming record against the fan-favourite Federer but he would like to take all the positives from his semi-final win against the 36-year-old in the 2014 US Open. While it’s the 11th final appearance for Roger Federer in a Wimbledon final, it’s only the first for the Croatian in his 11 appearances at the Championships. The Croatian is only the second man from his country to have made into the finals after Goran Ivanisevic.
Tomas Berdych, who lost to Federer in the semi-final, is betting on the latter to win the tournament, saying, “I don’t see anything that would indicate Roger is getting older. He’s just proving his greatness in our sport.”For all the latest Sports News, download NewsX App