If it was ever in doubt, Roger Federer produced another exhibit in his case for being anointed Greatest Of All Time, winning a record eighth Wimbledon title
The 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory over a physically compromised and emotionally overwhelmed Marin Ciic delivered Federer an incredible 19th major singles title, and second of 2017.
Cilic held a break point in the fourth game, and initially looked the more potent from the baseline.
But Federer saved it and broke serve in the very next game – it was part of a momentous run for the Swiss, who from 2-1 down in the first set reeled off eight of the next nine games.
Trailing 6-3 3-0 and with his game collapsing, Cilic called for the trainer and openly sobbed in his courtside seat.
It was painful to watch.
Federer raced through the second set against his besieged opponent and took a two-sets-to-love lead in just 61 minutes.
Here, Cilic called for the trainer to have his already-taped left foot treated.
Federer did a remarkable job to keep his concentration amid the drama and held serve routinely in the third set.
Two Cilic errors in the seventh game handed Federer a break and a 4-3 lead; he closed out the final three games later.
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