Federer crushes suffering Cilic for eighth Wimbledon title

Behind Roger Federer’s artistry and charm lies a ruthless streak of razor-edged steel which surfaced again on Sunday as he thrashed suffering Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to secure a record eighth men’s Wimbledon singles title.

The incomparable Swiss turned his 11th Wimbledon final into a procession as tearful seventh seed Cilic, battling his nerves and a bloody blister, suffered a torrid afternoon.

Federer described Cilic’s predicament as “cruel” after ending his torment with an ace after one hour 41 minutes — but there was no hint of sympathy as, 23 days before his 36th birthday, he became the oldest Wimbledon men’s singles champion.

That attitude from the third seed, who last triumphed at the All England Club five years ago, was not surprising since Federer’s dream of title number eight had been shattered by Novak Djokovic in the 2014 and 2015 finals.

His take on Cilic’s injury spoke volumes for the killer instinct that has earned him a record-extending 19 majors and taken him past American Pete Sampras’s record of seven men’s singles titles at Wimbledon in the modern era.

“I couldn’t tell what it was,” Federer said. “But if I saw him limping around, or if I saw him pull up hurt, I would start to think, maybe I’ll throw in a dropshot to really check him out, then one more, because that’s what you do.

“You need to hurt him where it hurts already.”

It was not really necessary as Federer enjoyed one of his easiest title victories.

Reuters

 
 
 
 
 
US

Trump Says Collusion Investigations Play Into Russia’s Hands

Trump Says Collusion Investigations Play Into Russia’s Hands
President Donald Trump on Feb. 18 responded to the revelation that Russian nationals had used fake social media ...
READ MORE >
 

China Has Built Intelligence Hub in Disputed Area of South China Sea, According to Think Tank

China Has Built Intelligence Hub in Disputed Area of South China Sea, According to Think Tank
The Chinese regime has completed construction of an intelligence and communications hub in the disputed Spratly Islands located ...
READ MORE >
 

Netizens Dig Into Chinese Regime’s Dubious Claims About Historical Painting, Suspect Its Use as Propaganda Tool

Netizens Dig Into Chinese Regime’s Dubious Claims About Historical Painting, Suspect Its Use as Propaganda Tool
The Chinese regime’s annual Lunar New Year gala broadcast on state television has once again drawn ire for ...
READ MORE >
 

North Korean Athletes Face Grim Prospect of Punishment, Imprisonment For Failing to Win

North Korean Athletes Face Grim Prospect of Punishment, Imprisonment For Failing to Win
As the North Korean athletes have so far failed to score a single medal at the Winter Olympics ...
READ MORE >
 

Adorable duo creates awesome car-remix of ‘Let It Go’

Adorable duo creates awesome car-remix of ‘Let It Go’
Driving with kids is certainly not easy but therefor you have a car radio and can sing with ...
READ MORE >