You wait five years for a Grand Slam win and just like London Buses two come along at once 🙂 . With this latest addition to the trophy cabinet, Roger Federer becomes the all times titles leader at SW19 thanks to a comprehensive 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Marin Cilic in Sunday's showpiece.
His 8th Wimbledon crown sees him overtake Pete Sampras on the all time Wimbledon winners list and he's now won a ridiculous 19 Grand Slams to further extend his lead at the top of the all time list.
The win also sees him move to 3 in the rankings, bank a cool £2.2 million and further cement his position as the GOAT of Men's Tennis (that's for you Andy if you're reading this) although I'm sure the debate will still rage regardless of how many more records he sets!
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to receive. A tactic he's used all week, and he was able to make deuce on the Cilic serve who must have bounced the ball 50 times before he unleashed a serve before he finally held for 1-0.
The Croat won the first point on Roger's first service game, but Fed held to 30 to level at 1-1. Both guys were looking nervy in the opening exchanges, but in game 5 Roger created the first real opening, bringing Cilic forward which saw the big man take a tumble to slip to 0-30 and then a wild forehand error gave Roger the break.
That break settled Roger, and he was able to consolidate the break for 4-2. Another quick hold put him up 5-3 and with Cilic serving to stay in the set he faltered, firing down a double fault on break point to give Roger the ideal start.
Into set 2 and Roger held to kick things off for 1-0. The errors were beginning to flow from the Cilic racquet, and he soon found himself down 2-0. That was quickly consolidated for 3-0, and at the changeover, Cilic had a visit from the Trainer and Doctor as he burst into tears. It wasn't clear what was wrong but play continued, Roger showing no mercy as he cruised to take the set 6-1.
With the match now only going one way it was up to Cilic to at least make a fist of it, and to his credit he did manage to let rip on some groundstrokes to hold his opening three service games. However, his footwork was non existen, and in game 7 Roger broke for 4-3, and that proved decisive as he served out the championship with an ace to take it 6-4 in the third.
|Match Statistics||M. Cilic||R. Federer|
|First Serve % In||54/90 (60%)||53/70 (76%)|
|Win % On 1st Serve||35/54 (65%)||43/53 (81%)|
|Win % On 2nd Serve||14/36 (39%)||12/17 (71%)|
|Net Points Won||12/23 (52%)||6/8 (75%)|
|Break Points Won||0/1 (0%)||5/10 (50%)|
|Receiving Points Won||15/70 (21%)||41/90 (46%)|
|Total Points Won||64||96|
|Distance Covered (Ft)||3590.2||3546.9|
|Distance Covered/pt. (Ft)||22.4||22.2|
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017
Thoughts on the Match
Quite a tough match to review this one as it never got going. I didn't think I'd ever see a poorer Wimbledon final than the one between Berdych and Nadal in 2010 (last years was close too) but this was up there. The celebration after match point was muted as a result and it was just one of those awkward type trophy presentations where nobody is quite sure how to handle it. I guess after the drama in Australia any sort of win here was always going to pale in comparison but because it was never competitive it was all very anti-climatic. The social media updates had that contrived feeling about them too instead of the pure emotion, and there was no fist pumping from me when the break points got converted which is unheard of! So not a memorable final but there's nothing Roger can do about that, he came out and executed peRFectly. Cilic wasn't right, but at least he stayed out there till the end and like Roger he's never retired mid-match in his career (742 matches) so fair play.
From Fed's side, a win is a win, and I don't think he will give two hoots about how he took home this title. He's had some tough losses here in recent years to a red hot Djokovic, but he's put in the hard yards to get back fit over the last 12 months and now has his just rewards. And perhaps after his heroics in Australia, he was due a simple victory here today 🙂
Regarding the play, I thought Roger started very nervily missing quite a few first serves. Cilic actually had the upper hand early doors, but he too looked shaky whenever he had half a chance. Once Roger settled and got the break Cilic's racquet turned into an unforced error machine. He was reaching for the ball, and he couldn't string together any sort of rally. That seemed to shake his confidence even more, and when he dropped serve in the second set the writing was on the wall for him. He made a mini fist of things in the third by holding some service games, but Roger just kept up the pressure, got the breakthrough and served it out with consummate ease.
So no real stunning rallies or jaw dropping moments but the one thing Fed was brilliant at today was his focus. He gave Cilic absolutely nothing from start to finish, didn't let any of the blister issues Cilic was having affect his own game and kept up the pressure to coast home without dropping a set. Had he been a three time defending Wimbledon Champion he might have slacked off, but given Pineapples's have been at a premium for him in recent times there was no chance he was letting this one slip, and he gave Cilic zero mercy.
Putting the disappointing quality of final aside, the one thing I can most certainly celebrate is the genius of Roger Federer. He's just rocked up to Wimbledon and won the whole thing without dropping a set for the first time in his career at the age of 35. Rewind 18 months and he'd just come up short vs. Djokovic in Australia only to tear his meniscus post tournament. We then had that short lived comeback for the grass where his knee never looked right and winning another slam looked like it was never going to happen. However he's somehow won two of them in 6 months, only lost two matches all year, won 30 consecutive sets on grass and is playing at an entirely different level to anyone else on tour right now. Unmatched!
What do you guys make of it all? Let me know in the comments.
PS thanks to everyone who commented/read /contributed during Wimbledon. Next stop looks likely to be Cincinatti but I'm sure I'll have the odd post to thrown in before then 🙂