Roger Federer trounced a tearful Marin Cilic to become the first man ever to win eight singles titles at Wimbledon.
It took the 35-year-old just an hour and 41 minutes to clinch by far his most one-sided Wimbledon final triumph and extend his overall record with a 19th grand slam singles title.
The 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory continues Federer’s magnificent season in what should be his tennis dotage but even the most ardent of the Swiss’ fans – and there were many packed into Centre Court – did not want the final to play out like this.
Cilic took a medical time-out at the start of the third set to have treatment for what appeared to be blisters on his left foot.
The crowd were now cheering his every point and Cilic dug in admirably at the start of the third set.
But once Federer broke for 4-3 the contest was all but over, and he took his second match point with an ace.
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