Wimbledon champion: Roger Federer or Marin Cilic?

From a racquet-smashing youngster to an all-conquering legend Roger Federer has come a long way

Ben Solomon AELTC

With his 36th birthday fast approaching, the evergreen Swiss will comfortably succeed Arthur Ashe, who was nearly 32 when he won in 1975, as Wimbledon's most senior champion.

This was the first grand slam men's singles final in the open era between a number three seed (Federer) and a number seven seed (Cilic). He's looking set to win the first set and is leading 5-3.

Already one set down and with rampant Roger Federer cruising 3-0 on the way to a second, the Croatian broke down and began sobbing, the reason why this was happening was not yet clear. The big serving Croatian even cried after the first set as he received medical attention though continued to play through the pain barrier. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Bjorn Borg was the only other man in the Open era to win Wimbledon without losing a set. Today is Federer's 11th Wimbledon final.

Two major titles in a matter of months seemed implausible when Federer was sidelined for six months during the second half of a year ago with a knee injury.

The 35-year-old was in superb form at this year's edition, storming to the title without dropping a single set throughout the tournament.

The last time the Swiss won the tournament was in 2012.

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"I was hoping to be in good shape when the grass court season came around", said Federer who, for good measure, also pocketed back-to-back Masters at Indian Wells and Miami as well as a ninth Halle grass court crown.

Federer has prioritised key tournaments this year after struggling with a knee problem in 2016, and he is reaping the rewards. "I had an fantastic journey here, played the best tennis of my life".

The Swiss ace got past legend Pete Sampras, who had won seven Wimbledon titles, to add another feather in his cap. Marin Cilic, however, remained at the sixth place.

Three quick thoughts on the men's championship match at Wimbledon 2017.

It's his nineteenth career grand slam title during his illustrious professional career.

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