Roger Federer is all set to play in the finals today against Marin Cilic. Federer had an easy tournament so far since he did not have to sweat much to defeat his opponents on his way to finals but will it help him in getting better over Cilic?
If Federer, who came after a 6 month break manages to defeat Cilic, he will be the most successful Men’s player in the modern era to have won Wimbledon for a record 8 times. At the moment, he is tied up with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw who also have won 7 titles each.
Federer has not lost a single set in the tournament so far and has shown supreme form. For Federer, this is the 11th Finals and he would also be the second oldest to play the finals at 36 years with the first being Ken Rosewall who was 39 when he finished as runner-up in 1974. However for Cilic, this is the first ever Wimbledon finals.
“It makes me really happy, making history here at Wimbledon. It’s a big deal. I love this tournament,” Federer said. He also noted “All my dreams came true here as a player. To have another chance to go for number eight now, to be kind of so close now at this stage, is a great feeling. I am unbelievably excited. I hope I can play one more good match. Eleven finals here, all these records, it’s great. But it doesn’t give me the title quite yet. That’s why I came here this year. I’m so close now, so I have just got to stay focused.”
For Cilic, he would be the second Croatian, the first being Goran Ivanisevic who has won the title in 2001.