It’s men’s finals day! Roger Federer is on the cusp of winning his 19th grand slam title at Wimbledon but Marin Cilic stands in his way.The Swiss will be the overwhelming favourite to beat Cilic on Centre Court but he has not always had it easy against the Croatian.Yes, Cilic has only beaten Federer once in seven attempts, but after losing their first five encounters in a row he has caused the Swiss problems in the last two.Federer was blown away by Cilic in the US Open semi-final in 2014 when the Croatian blitzed his way to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win before going on to lift the title.Then, last year, in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, he almost did it again, leading Federer by two sets and with three match points, before his opponent roared back to win in five.Cilic knows he has the weapons to beat Federer. He just has to find them.Then, after the main event, the mixed doubles final has a very British flavour as Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis play Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson.
FIVE years after his last Wimbledon triumph, Roger Federer can capture a record eighth All England Club title and become the tournament’s oldest men’s champion of the modern era.
With his 36th birthday fast approaching, the evergreen Swiss will comfortably succeed Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1975, as Wimbledon’s most senior champion.Victory over Croatian giant Marin Cilic will also give him a 19th career Grand Slam title and second in three majors this year after sweeping to a fifth Australian Open in January following a six-month absence.“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.“The first three, four months were just like a dream really. So this is something I was working towards, you know, Wimbledon, to be in good shape. I’m happy it’s paying off here now.” Federer admits his form in 2017 has surprised even himself after he shut down his 2016 season to rest a knee injury in the aftermath of his brutal five-set semi-final loss at Wimbledon to Milos Raonic.He came into Wimbledon having radically pruned his playing schedule, skipping the entire clay court season. He has 30 wins and just two losses this year and he has reached his 11th Wimbledon final without dropping a set. The men’s final will be his 102nd at the tournament and his 29th final at the majors.Federer is tied with Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles since beating Andy Murray in the 2012 finalA win would make him the first Wimbledon champion outside of Federer, Murray, Djokovic and Nadal since Lleyton Hewitt triumphed in 2002. However, he has only won one of his last 12 matches against a top five player at the Slams, even if that was over Federer in New York three years ago. Cilic has fired 130 aces at Wimbledon this year and dropped just 10 service games.
“This is Roger’s home court, the place where he feels the best and knows that he can play the best game,” said Cilic.
“Obviously I’m going to look back, 12 months ago I was one point away from winning a match against him here. But it’s still a big mountain to climb.”
The Swiss, 35, can overtake the mark set by Pete Sampras in 2000, and Williams Renshaw in 1889, with victory in his 11th Wimbledon final.
Cilic, 28, held match points against Federer at last year’s Wimbledon and hopes to add to his 2014 US Open win.
“It makes me really happy, marking history at Wimbledon,” said Federer.
“It’s a big deal. I love this tournament. All my dreams came true here as a player. To have another chance to go for number eight now, to be so close now at this stage, is a great feeling.”
There will be a British champion on Sunday, with the men’s final followed by the mixed doubles final, which features top seeds Jamie Murray and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis against defending champions Heather Watson and Finland’s Henri Kontinen.