2017 Wimbledon Men’s Final Open Thread: Roger Federer v Marin Cilic
by Staff | July 16th, 2017, 7:21 am
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The 50th Wimbledon men’s final in the Open Era will be contested on this 16th day of July. Roger Federer seeks a record 8th Wimbledon title and a 19th Grand Slam title.

Across the net will be 6-foot-6 Marin Cilic. The Croat is into his first Wimbledon final and bids for a second Grand Slam title.

Head-to-head: Federer leads 6-1
An 8th career meeting for the pair, their 4th at a Grand Slam, their 2nd on grass and their first in a final.

Federer won the pair’s most recent meeting in the quarterfinals here last year, coming from 0-2 down for the 10th time in his career to win in 5 sets.

If Cilic wins today’s final in straight sets, he will become just the 5th player to defeat Federer in straight sets at a Grand Slam on 2 or more occasions. Only Novak Djokovic (3 times), Arnaud Clement, Alex Corretja and Rafael Nadal (all twice) have recorded multiple straight-sets wins against Federer at the majors.

FEDERER is bidding to become the first man in history to win 8 Wimbledon titles. He would become just the 2nd man in history to win 8 titles at the same Grand Slam event. Rafael Nadal became the first man to achieve the feat by winning the 8th of his 10 Roland Garros titles in 2013.

Federer is also bidding to win his 19th Grand Slam title and join Helen Wills Moody in joint-4th place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam singles titles – men and women. He is also aiming to extend his lead over Nadal (15 Grand Slam titles) on the all-time list for most men’s singles major titles.

At 35 years 342 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon title. By winning the Australian Open this year aged 35 years 174 days (d. Nadal), he became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title since Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open aged 37 years 62 days.

Federer is bidding to win a 2nd Grand Slam title after turning 35. Rosewall is the only other man to have won major titles after his 35th birthday in the Open Era. By reaching the final here, Federer became the 2nd man in the Open Era, after Rosewall, to have reached multiple Grand Slam finals after turning 35.

CILIC is bidding to become the 2nd Croatian player – man or woman – to win the Wimbledon title after Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.

Cilic is bidding to become the first Croatian player – man or woman – to win multiple Grand Slam titles. Ivanisevic and Iva Majoli are the only other Croatian players to have won a Grand Slam title in the Open Era.

If Cilic wins the title here on his 11th Wimbledon appearance, he will move into 2nd place on the list for the most attempts before winning the Wimbledon title.

If Cilic wins his 2nd Grand Slam title on his 10th Grand Slam appearance since winning his first major title at the 2014 US Open, he will go into 4th place on the list for the most attempts before winning a 2nd Grand Slam title in the Open Era.

SUNDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 2:00PM
Marin Cilic (CRO) [7] v Roger Federer (SUI) [3]
Jamie Murray (GBR) [1] / Martina Hingis (SUI) [1] v Henri Kontinen (FIN) / Heather Watson (GBR)

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228 Comments for 2017 Wimbledon Men’s Final Open Thread: Roger Federer v Marin Cilic

FedExpress Says:

So here we will discuss every point madmax, Berghain and Daniel.


FedExpress Says:

Ready!

Play!


FedExpress Says:

Cilic bouncing the ball forever. Surely time violation incoming.

Fed had his chances in this game.


FedExpress Says:

Cilic crushing the FH.


Berghain Says:

indeed Cilic is crushing it, Im worried!
Wonder how the short slice will work against him.


FedExpress Says:

2 DFs in his 2nd service game.


FedExpress Says:

BP Cilic.


tennis lover Says:

Fed needs to step up his game. He is slow and tentative


Berghain Says:

Omg BP Cilic I cant watch anymore…


FedExpress Says:

Fed is nervous as hell.

Phew. Held.


tennis lover Says:

Break Cilic now Fed…no lethargy anymore


FedExpress Says:

Come on

0-30


Daniel Says:

0-40. Saved BP and now triple chance.


FedExpress Says:

3 BPs plz take one


Berghain Says:

Cmon!!!! 3 BP For Fed


FedExpress Says:

Wth. 2 gone


Daniel Says:

Damm Federer, second serve on his FH and he send it all, Drive it in. 2 gone


FedExpress Says:

2nd serve. take it.
yesssssssss


Berghain Says:

YES!!!!! Fed breaks


Berghain Says:

Jeysus – I can relax a bit now. Even just for a min.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, agressive on return and BH. Cilic missing a lot from BH swing. Fed need a clean service game now, last 2 he lost first point and both went 30-30 with last BP. Now is time to serve big, not like Cilic who gave him a bunch of second serves.


FedExpress Says:

Cilic is murdering the ball. I cant see the ball on the screen.


Berghain Says:

Fedex lol! true. His hitting so damn hard. Fed must use the short slice a little more.


Daniel Says:

But Cilic doesn’t have a plan B, he needs to be on top to have a chance. Fed is already varying and giving dead balls to take Cilic’s rhythm and making him second guessing.


Margot Says:

Cilic is over hitting. Needs to calm down and do some deep breathing, or it’ll be over in a jiffy.


jatin Says:

Fed is slowing down the rallies very well.
4-2
yeeee..
Go Fed


Daniel Says:

Beautiful drop shot, perfectly hyde.


FedExpress Says:

Magic.

Deuce.


jatin Says:

Fed just have to hold 2 times more now. Comon


jatin Says:

The magic drop shot and that beautiful get from fed are today’s highlight reel so far :)


FedExpress Says:

Fed in the zone now.

Cilic also had probems vs Muller in the 1st.

BP Federer. Yes. SP also.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Marin made the puffy cheeks while blowing out breath, a sign of nerves. I’m sure Fed is nervous as well. Cilic power is scary. How has he not done better?


Daniel Says:

Set point. Federer relaxing and playing better and better.


FedExpress Says:

Gone. Would be an advantage to serve first in the 2nd.


Berghain Says:

cmon! 1 set in the basket.


Daniel Says:

Cilic confessing and Double Faulting to lose the set. 6-3 Fed and will serve first second set.


FedExpress Says:

Oh yes. Set 1 in the bag. Some nervy moments at the beginning. But he overcame them.

Now serving first in the 2nd. Hold your serve. Just hold.


Daniel Says:

No ace in first set, first now by Fed. Cilic not serving up to par, 49%. He is more tense than Federer, which is showing on his serve.


jatin Says:

Fed is not giving any time to cilic to prepare for that thunderous forehand with that lethal backhand returns of his.
He is also slowing down the pace consistently well to disrupt Cilic rhythm. Perfect Game plan and executing it very well.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Marin is feeling that Wimbledon finals pressure it seems.


Daniel Says:

Cilic can play better, specially on serve. Without it he can’t hurt Federer.


FedExpress Says:

BP Fed. Take it.


FedExpress Says:

Yessssssss
Break. bring it home baby.


Berghain Says:

Poor Cilic falling apart, still I dont care!
Fed up a set and a break! lets gooooo!


Daniel Says:

Humm, sees this match will be fast and Fed will win Wimbledon without dropping a set with a cold at almost 36.


Daniel Says:

Me too Berghain. Finals is finals, what matter is the title.


tennis lover Says:

As I said, pile driving backhand is going to be the key, this is happening…Federer needs to stick with along with high percentage of first serve. The match will be over in 3 sets


FedExpress Says:

Cilic crying. So terrible. I feel for him.


jatin Says:

Cilic is falling apart


squirrel Says:

What’s up with Cilic? He’s sobbing, poor guy..


Margot Says:

Cilic in tears, looks wretched. How sad.


Daniel Says:

Cilic crying on court, seems he is hurt. Seems to me he felt his leg or back after one serve in first set, but didn’t notice nothing more.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@Daniel interesting that you said Cilic is confessing as some have called Wimbledon center court the church of tennis


squirrel Says:

Glad Cilic looks better now


Berghain Says:

WTF is Cilic doing!?
If he retires I will be sooooo pissed. Rather stand there and get bageled – we dont want this through retirement.
Or is he playing mind games?
Seems to be playing fine. Seems more emotional.


Daniel Says:

Cilic coming to net, trying to shorten the points.He was trying to do that in end of first set. Maybe that’s why he threw his racquet after the DF:frustration.

Match over guys, best scenario Cilicl will play just to end it properly, if it goes fast. Na dFed maybe letting him making a game per set to not bagel.

3-1. Fed and serve.


FedExpress Says:

If cilic breaks here i will…


jatin Says:

I am not enjoying this one at all. What happened to Cilic. Feeling very sad for him :(


squirrel Says:

He won’t..Fed in control


squirrel Says:

Me too jatin

and Fed must be feeling sad too as he genuinely like Cilic


tennis lover Says:

Cilic is showing drama here all on a sudden


Berghain Says:

No damn idea whats going on. Same here Jatin the air has gone out of this Final. If he is injured he would take a medical time.


Daniel Says:

Must be frustrating to feel some niggling right in final at Centre Court in Wimbledon. He nows you just don’t retire in a match like that unless you can’t walk.


Berghain Says:

Borris – ‘he is maybe going through an emotional roller coaster, there is no where to hide’


RZ Says:

Ugh,my live stream keeps buffering every few seconds! So anmoying!


Daniel Says:

Or he has something that he knows medical time out won’t do nothing. He will just try to boost serves and finish points as fats as possible to complete the match. With his serve, as shown in this game, he defiantly can win a few games. But any chance of winning is gone. Title is Federer already.


squirrel Says:

Oh poor you RZ, hope you’ll a good link. I like the ones on http://live2all.me/tennis/


squirrel Says:

On a blog, someone suggests this might be because of the fall because since then, he hasn’t moved well apparently..


Berghain Says:

Notings working, his game is falling apart. Roger is giving him nothing – hence the emotional break down. He doesnt know what to do.


Berghain Says:

Stick a fork in this guy – he is done. Cant deal with the nerves.


squirrel Says:

Could be Berghain..


Berghain Says:

Respect to Fed, dont prolong his suffering. End it quickly.


jatin Says:

Maybe it was just an emotional roller coaster he is going through, not being able to control the nerves.
As becker said “This is what this court do to you “


Daniel Says:

Yeah, what I saw in first set was he served and seems to felt his back, he kind of make short steps when you are feeling something hurting and holding the walk to reduce impact. And he seems to be ‘walking on eggs”.

There is no match anymore. It feels bitter sweet now, but what matters is the whole path and what he did this year, cumulating with this title. 8th Wimbledon and 19th Gran Slams. Now I want 20th because it’s a better number than 19th. I like round numbers and 20 would be awesome.

GOAT!!


squirrel Says:

Apparently, it’s his left foot.


Berghain Says:

All said and done Cilic is a super nice guy – I really do feel sorry for him.


RZ Says:

Thanks Squirrel! I’m watching ESPN’s feed (which means I have to listen to John McEnroe unfortunately). I think my computer didn’t like having it on full screen. Seems to be doing okay now that I went back to a normal view.


J-Kath Says:

Good Lord – shocking match. What gives with Cilic? Meanwhile, may as well ask, is Mrs. Fed. pregnant?


squirrel Says:

True Daniel, feels a bit biiter sweet but like you said,what’s important is what Fed has achieved this fortnight, his efforts and history he’s making!


Anto Says:

This very much looks like the French open final. Not just for the score, but also for the expectations of the match before it started. People expected the match to be tough for both Nadal then and fed now.


fred stone Says:

Pedicure break…


Daniel Says:

It’s no nerves. He cried because he had an injury in a final in Wimbledon. Imagine that, they work their whole lives to play a Wimbledon final and apart from playing the GOAT and legend you get bad luck enough to be hurt. I would cry my a@% out to and curse to the skies.


FedExpress Says:

Not the nicest way to win a GS. But Federer had his fair share.

Hope Cilic is okay and fit for the remainder of the season.


Margot Says:

Cilic now getting treatment on his foot so: injury + nerves = massacre. No fun this :(


Truth Says:

Stiff servebot can’t move. Fed praises him for falling down for him.
What a surprise. The sycophants’ fake sad and smile emoticons are coming up. They’re eating it up.


RZ Says:

J-Kath, I don’t think so. But maybe they’re trying for fraternal twins to complete the set. 😁


Berghain Says:

haha Doctor who in the crowed.
Im still not convinced its the foot – if it was why not take a medical time out sooner? could he be buying time to calm his nerves. I have no idea.


jatin Says:

Medical Timeout :(


the_mind_reels Says:

If anyone in the US is having trouble streaming, you can watch on YouTubeTV — one month free to start!


fred stone Says:

Should have added ;)
I’m not ‘that’ mean-spirited.


FedExpress Says:

Concentrate Federer.

I remember the US open final. One challenge which JMDP took very late got to Federer. Never saw him that angry.


jatin Says:

Feeling very sad for Cilic. Hope he will finish the match.


FedExpress Says:

Focus Federer.


FedExpress Says:

Why not making some dropshots?


RZ Says:

Thanks the_mind_reels. That will be my backup option if my ESPN feed goes back to being annoying


Willow Says:

Sorry folks, but this final is anti climax, dreadful ….


tennis lover Says:

It is nothing no injury for Cilic it is just his morale is shaken and now using this drama to diminish the rhythm of Roger Federer


FedExpress Says:

FO final was the same, willow.


Willow Says:

True but at least both players were fit, rather defensive there Fedexpress ….


FedExpress Says:

Wtf federer. make a drop shot.


squirrel Says:

True Willow, a bit bittersweet for me if Fed gets the win…


Daniel Says:

Spot on FedEx! Wawrinka played so bad he was as good as injured, even with Nadal high level.


FedExpress Says:

Take it federer.


FedExpress Says:

It wouldnt surprise if Federer gets broken somehow after failing to take his chances.


Daniel Says:

Cilic fighting hard this game, leading 2-1.


jatin Says:

Cilic has started to smack the ball again. Feeling much better.
Game on
Go fed….


Tiago Says:

It’s not over yet.


FedExpress Says:

Oh Roger. are you seriuos?


Berghain Says:

pls Cilic is playing fine now. Its nerves I tell you.


Willow Says:

Hi Jatin ….


FedExpress Says:

This isnt over yet. Cilic fighting.

Dont need a ao sf stan like comeback.


RZ Says:

I don’t remeber Cilic making that weird grunt when serving before (not that I’ve watched him play recently). Is that normal for him?


tennis lover Says:

This Cilic guys is Cilshit…it was just his morale was shaken and he pretended to be down and out due to injury. Such a bugger


FedExpress Says:

2 BPs. Take one champ.


FedExpress Says:

Yess.
Thought that Cilic might sneak a set.

Light rain now.


jatin Says:

Guys … Its real.
Just 2 games away.
Being waiting for this day since 2012.
Go fed go


Daniel Says:

Break, finish it Federer! After last 3 Wimbledon, 2 runs and last year when he was 40-0, 1 point away fro 4th set tiebreak when he was 2 sets to 1, he is due for this Wimbledon.

8th title and setting the best grass court players debate for good and another record in Wimbledon for him.

19th and counting, 2 Slams played this season, 2 titles and in the drivers seat to finish #1 another year. He will be 550 race points only behind Nadal and with fast HC season coming, he is the favorite and the man to beat.

USO here we go!


jatin Says:

Hii willow..
How’s going.. :)


squirrel Says:

Yayyy! One game away!! Brace yourselves guys!! It’s cominggg


FedExpress Says:

2 GS in one season. The last time he did it. 2009. Yessssss.


Daniel Says:

1 game away. Can’t believe this after last year disappointing and shot down his season. Who would have thought! Amazing!!


Willow Says:

Jatin all great here thanks :-)


madmax Says:

Ah, let’s see. It sure is an emotional roller coaster, one would hope not a mind game.

Get back to the shots and the focus Roger.

C’mon!


Daniel Says:

With Murray and Djoko probably recovering injuries, hope we finally get to see a Fedal at USO. It could be a shame if they finish their careers and never play there once. Depending on their rankings, they could meeting semis, or just finals.

Rest of the season will be between the 2 battling race for #1.


madmax Says:

Come on, come on, come on.


squirrel Says:

Ok, I’m getting nervous now…..


FedExpress Says:

Federer no circus here.

0-15
15-15


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Roger mentioned that the grass has been fast this year. Seems so. First strike tennis has been the order of the day.


madmax Says:

It’s not over yet. Not at all. Time for focus and getting the job done.


Daniel Says:

19-8


squirrel Says:

We did it!!! 8th , 19th baby!!!


FedExpress Says:

Congratz madmax, Daniel and all the other Fed fans. I hug you all. I love you all.


Berghain Says:

Congratz to all my fellow Fed fans!!!!!!
No8!!!!!!!!


RZ Says:

🎾🐐🏆


madmax Says:

O M Frigging God! :-)

O M God!

Fedeerrrrrreeeeerrrrrrrrrrrr

Un Friggin believable!


Anto Says:

Ace number 8 to win the Wimbledon no 8


FedExpress Says:

Federer crying. I cry too.


Berghain Says:

Ahh Fed is having some tears. Not surprised!


squirrel Says:

Me too, crying here.

Congrats to all of you Fed fans, love you all. Everybody says love!!


Berghain Says:

Damn I hope he can get through the presentation with out choking up!


madmax Says:

Jatin, FedEx, FedExpress, Skeezer, Berghain, Daniel, Ganu (where are you????), squirrel, Anto? and the newbies here who are Fed Fans,

Unbelievable.

Willow, I hear you; not as thunderous as I thought it would be, with Cilic’s power, a bit anti-climatic, nevertheless, I will take it.


steve-o Says:

Congratulations to Roger Federer on winning the eighth Wimbledon title without the loss of a set! Sorry for Cilic, but still, what a performance from Federer!


Willow Says:

Congrats to Fed and fans, especially Squirrel, quite the year, and quite the career, ENJOY ….


RZ Says:

How cute are both sets of Federer twins?


Anto Says:

Congrats fed and his fans. This has to be his most significant year in his career.


madmax Says:

Berghain Says:
Damn I hope he can get through the presentation with out choking up!

July 16th, 2017 at 10:55 am

That will be impossible. He is such an emotional guy.


Van orten Says:

No words


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Wow. I honestly didn’t think this could be done.i thought 2014 and 2015 were the best chances. After great runs through the tournament he just couldn’t overcome rock solid Djokovic. But here it is. The rest of the year will be interesting. Nadal and Federer in drivers seat for number 1. 7500 points from major titles still available.


Berghain Says:

To good to be true this!


madmax Says:

‘Unbelievable from Federer’

Tim Henman
Former British number one on BBC TV
Posted at
16:55
Who writes these scripts? It’s unbelievable.

Six months ago, if you said to the tennis fraternity that Roger Federer is going to come back, only play two Slams this year and win them both…


Margot Says:

Congrats to Fed and his fans. Amazing career, he’s having. Very disappointing from Cilic, expected more TBH.


Willow Says:

Van Orton your never short of words when its Federers rivals …

RZ Thought that too ….


Daniel Says:

20 seems real now.

Wow, what are the naysayers thinking now, a year ago they were sure 17 was the final number and now this happens. Must be a pain be a Fed hater;-)


Anto Says:

@madmax, I am not a fed fan but will take your comment nonetheless. Btw I am an Nadal fan who always believed fed was the GOAT(even Nadal knows it :p)


squirrel Says:

Thanks so much Willow, so sweet of you!! ;)


FedExpress Says:

I am off now. Love you all. have to celebrate.

See you later mate.


Willow Says:

Im not a Fed hater Daniel, i find it quite creepy the bile that some posters spew about these players at times ….


J-Kath Says:

Congrats to the very happy Fed. fans. Not Fed.’s fault that it was one of the worst Wimbledon finals ever. Still don’t know what Cilic was up to.

RZ: When she stood up – yes, wouldn’t it be perfect as you offered.


madmax Says:

Just to put a dampener on things. Boris Becker needs to go away and hide –

‘Federer is answering the doubters’

Boris Becker
Three-time Wimbledon champion on BBC TV
Posted at
16:46
What is Roger Federer thinking right now?

A year ago he left this championship a heartbroken man. Everybody doubted him. Is he going to come back? Well, 12 months later, he is answering everybody.

No Boris. YOU doubted Federer. Same with Pat Cash. The both of them were absolutely unbelievably disrespectful last year, and now they want to take part in Fed’s glory.

They should be ashamed of themselves.

Boris, is such a two faced commentator. As is Pat Cash!


Anto Says:

Man it would be fantastic if Nadal and fed played the us open final.


Daniel Says:

So happy fellow Fed fans. From now is all gravy, but something tells me this is not the last time we’ll be saying something like this, remarkable athlete.


Berghain Says:

Madmax he did well, that first question about Cilic seemed to calm him down.


madmax Says:

Anto Says:
@madmax, I am not a fed fan but will take your comment nonetheless. Btw I am an Nadal fan who always believed fed was the GOAT(even Nadal knows it :p)

July 16th, 2017 at 11:01 am

Anto, that is why I put a question mark after your name. You were so gracious and I hadn’t ‘seen’ you before. We are both lucky to be experiencing the resurgence of both Fed and Nadal in terms of their return from injury.

In fact, I had pegged a bet that it would be a Fed v Nadal Final. That was my wish. Not to be, but half way there. Lost my bet- but at least half of the outcome came true!


Daniel Says:

Not aimed at you Willow, the ‘haters’ know who they are. Mostly, vanished from here and will be so a few days more, until the frenzy cools down;-)


madmax Says:

Berghain Says:
Madmax he did well, that first question about Cilic seemed to calm him down.

July 16th, 2017 at 11:05 am

Berghain,

Since when have you been supporting Federer, as you are new’ish’ here, but yes. I agree. Federer calmed himself down after a short while.

I would really like to hear what Cilic’s performance was about earlier in the match. From the horse’s mouth.


Berghain Says:

Its strange, I expected no 18 to feel different. I guess I just wanted him to Win it 1 more time.

I ask myself now what? expect him to win the US open?
Can we be so greedy?


Anto Says:

@madmax, fedal final would have been better (even if that happened fed would have the favorite) of course. But it was really unrealistic given wat Nadal has done in the recent Wimbledons.


madmax Says:

Horrific blisters on Cilic’s feet. Oh My Goodness. See here.

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/829302/Marin-Cilic-Wimbledon-2017-final-blisters-cries-tears-Roger-Federer-sportgalleries

Must have been like running on broken glass.


Daniel Says:

Oldest Wimbledon champion in Open Era.

And the domain of Big 4 at Wimbledon continues.

Fed back at #3 on AT rankings which can shift in Cincinnati as Murray defends finals points and Nadal and Fed didn’t play. One of Fedal can enter USO as #1 seed.


RZ Says:

Berghain, why not? 20 slams would make a nice, round number.


Berghain Says:

RZ good point. I guess I told myself one more wimby and I would be happy with his slam count.


tennis lover Says:

Grand slam number 20 at US open final is now a realistic chance for Roger. He needs to stay focused, hungry and healthy. As a tennis fan, I want to come it against Nadal in the US open Final. Then as a fan of him of for last 15 years, I will have no expectation from Roger Federer. Neither Nadal, Nor djokovic will be able to come near to 20 Grand Slam marks.


madmax Says:

I think we are all getting a little bit greedy now guys.

Just enjoy this moment. In the present. Say it. 19 Grand Slam titles.

One.Nine.

Wimbledon. The best Grand Slam tournament in the world.

Federer just bagged number 8.

His body must be so in need of ‘r n r’ right now. I’m not even looking ahead to the hard court season. No way.


Miles Says:

Berghain – same here! 18 was beyond my wildest dreams after last year’s W semifinal defeat and his knee injury and number 19 just seems unreal!


jatin Says:

Congrts to all Fed fans… Fed express.. madmax. Danil.. squirrel.. skeezer and all other..
Fed has done it.
No words. Simply a LEGEND


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@Berghain yes! Yes we can


jatin Says:

Willow.
I am feeling great too :)


squirrel Says:

Thanks jatin, you too, congrats!!


Nithish Says:

Congrats to Roger Federer on his 8th Wimbledon & 19th overall Grand Slam title.


Berghain Says:

lolz at the replies, I agree with madmax, enjoy the moment.

I suppose it is our duty as fans to expect him to win more. So, enjoy this and later we can be greedy :)


Daniel Says:

Curious to see if he will play Canada. He sure wants to play Cincy before USO where he had huge success and will be the clear favorite. bUt don’t know if he will go to Canada and if he goes deep there, semis or beyond plus Cincy it can be too much pre USO, as both these Masters are back to back.

He said the clay break was for him to be rested and play a full schedule on grass and HC, but if he keeps winning in the pace he is at, he will have to skip a few tournaments.

Think he plays Cincy / USO / Shangai / Basel / Doubt about Paris) and WTF.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Always a bit of tension as tennis between our rooting interest and the desire for scintillating dramatic tennis decided on a razor’s edge. If I’m honest I was happy today’s match was routine. But now that 19/8 is taken care of here’s hoping for an all time classic Fedal final at the US open. With Fed winning of course!


Berghain Says:

Madmax just read your comment…
Since 2008 I think, cant really remember. Feels like forever.


RZ Says:

@Amit – any concerns about Roger’s future hairstyles? LOL


Daniel Says:

Fed’s 93 overall title, 1 title away from tying Lendl`’s 94, 2 more and he will be sole 2nd in all time list. 100 titles seems real now, catching Connors 109 possible, but a long shot.

5 titles this season and counting. Only injury will prevent him from winning more this season. 31-2 this season so far, impressive. He can have an year with same losses as 2004-2006, when he had only 4-6 losses per year, but way more wins.


Michael Says:

The sheer magnitude of Roger’s achievement is yet to sink in. One would be forgiven for loss of words to describe its sheer scale.I am numbed and bewildered out of my senses as it is astounding. As Roger often reiterates it is weird crazy. Federer just made a mockery of Tennis as a young man’s sport winning his 19th GS and that too without losing a set after already having a splendid year by winning Australian and the sun shine doubles and all this when he is almost 36. The rest of the circuit should be really wondering as what is going on as it is an insult to them that an old man is dominating Tennis as no other. Now Roger has transcended all expectations and the fans are becoming even more covetous as they expect even more miracles from his racket with the USO approaching. Ljubicic is proving to be very lucky for Roger as a coach and who knows even number 20 will not be too far.


steve-o Says:

I don’t think Federer cares about numbers of titles and such things. He’ll play as long as he can produce the highest level of tennis. Once he feels he can’t do that, he’ll hang it up and the final count of titles will be what it is.

Too busy enjoying the incredible season he’s had to worry about the US Open right now. I’m just glad he’s playing so well and feeling healthy and happy.


Michael Says:

Nobody knows what happened to Cilic ? Was he overtaken by nerves or suffering from any physical ailment ? But he spoilt the atmosphere of the finals with his shoddy play and I would say even robbed Roger of more jubiliation because victory was in sight for Roger once he broke Cilic in the first set and he took the match for granted. The match was certainly a huge disappointment for the spectators barring that they were part of a history making day.


J-Kath Says:

Madmax: Blisters – for goodness sake – Cilic and his team could have taken better care before the match and put pads on his feet coming into the match.


Berghain Says:

J-Kath thx for the congrats,

I think it was a combination of a small injury, and performance anxiety. He almost had a nervous break down, I think the doc came out just to calm him down! Poor Guy, honestly feel for Cilic.


madmax Says:

Michael Says:
Nobody knows what happened to Cilic ? Was he overtaken by nerves or suffering from any physical ailment ? But he spoilt the atmosphere of the finals with his shoddy play and I would say even robbed Roger of more jubiliation because victory was in sight for Roger once he broke Cilic in the first set and he took the match for granted. The match was certainly a huge disappointment for the spectators barring that they were part of a history making day.

July 16th, 2017 at 11:59 am

Michael, I posted an image earlier. If you zoom in his left foot is covered in horrific blisters. Try playing on those.

J-Kath. Yes. Absolutely. So why didn’t they pad them? Have you ever walked with a new sandal that has rubbed and rubbed your heel, so much so, that you can no longer walk…then it starts to weep and you just grimace. Cilic’s foot looked as if it had been burned in a fire.

Horrible. I do think that he was overwhelmed by the occasion, and that coupled with the TLC he received, just got too much.

Yes, not the best final. But then don’t you think the 5 setters prior to the final were just fantastic and thrilling. A final sometimes, never repeats those moments. Like last year’s final as well. Anti-climatic with Murray and Raonic, after some cracking 5 setters leading up to the 2016 final.


madmax Says:

can you believe all the replays have this copyright registered against them already.

This video contains content from IMG – Wimbledon, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.

Sorry about that.


Ahfi Says:

MY TAKE:

Cilic started well. Fed was the one nervous.

Once Fed broke and pressured, the problem for Cilic became SHOCK/NERVES/EMOTIONS. It happens.

Something obviously happened with Venus also yesterday once she got broken and lost the first set. Unlike Cilic,however, she managed to hide her emotions.

This break that Federer took end of last year has surely done him a lot of good. This is a different type of confidence that he has. In one of the earlier matches (can’t remember which one), Federer of old would have given up on, and lost a particular set to the opponent in anticipation of fighting for the next set. That he made sure he took that set and won the match in straight sets, told me this was a different Federer. It will only get better for him given the current attitude that he has.


suresh Says:

Congratulations to RF. Race for 20 begins at US.


the_mind_reels Says:

As a Fed fan, for me one of the sweetest parts of this victory has to be how in the QF, SF, and F, Federer clinically dispatched 3 players who had either dashed his hopes before at Wimbledon (Berdych in 2010, Raonic last year) or otherwise stood in the way of him getting another major (Cilic 2014 in NYC). I mean, what a statement.

Some will say what they want about how Federer didn’t have to face any of Djokovic, Nadal, and Murray, but nobody is talking about Murray or Djokovic anyway right now as serious contenders for these titles, and Nadal has not been a threat at Wimbledon since 2011. So, in the absence of those guys, Federer’s biggest task was to top the big hitters who’ve troubled him in recent years. And he did so with absolute master-class tennis. Bravo. If that’s not a confidence boost on an already remarkable season, I don’t know what is.


Margot Says:

And a Murray gets another Grand Slam. Well played Jamie and Martina!


rognadfan Says:

A lot of Fed fans here seem way too happy to blast on Cilic, who is one of the better sportsman on the tour. Noone really bothers to justify why he/she hates Cilic so much.

On court he is almost like Federer (not totally of course, but still he is one of the most calm and focused guy on the court on most occasions, and his groundstrokes are amazing power with seemingly so easy swings). His only fault was that doping case which is arguable on many levels.

So, for me really no need to go low on him. There are far worse professonals on and off the court, even some players that have been on par with him in rankings.
Obviously he was not 100 percent today. But it’s too easy to think for the haters to say that he spoiled Fed’s moment. For me as a Federer fan and supporter, I was totally moved by the way he felt on the court. He wanted to give it all out there but couldn’t help it even he wanted to.

But that’s the game, I do think Fed would’ve scraped the win even if Cilic was 100%. So this doesn’t make this historic moment any lighter or less significant.


RZ Says:

Coming into today’s men’s final, Margot and AM/Farah were tied at the top of the racquet bracket and the tiebreakers (# of aces served by the winner) would decide the ultimate winner.Federer served 8 aces, so the winner is…



Margot!!!!
Who incidentally predicted 8 aces!

Congrats Margot and also well done to AM! This bracket was as competitive as the Nadal-Muller match.


Willow Says:

Rogernad fan i have said before why i dislike Cilic, but i wont eleborate on the reasons why right now, as this is Federers day, and one for his fans to enjoy, but i did feel for him in this match ….


Willow Says:

Michael from the other thread i left you a reply ….


Willow Says:

Madmax i would say with last years final, at least Milos was actually pretty competitive with Murray in all 3 sets been quite tight ones, with todays match only the first set was, still doesnt matter the result is the only thing that counts ….


Berghain Says:

rognadfan

I agree with you, but we all get caught up in the moment sometimes, cheering for our favorites.

He really is one of the nicest ppl. Fed has also said that. Really humble, gentle guy. When I saw one of his interviews and he talked about his childhood I really noticed what a good person he is. So I for one feel really, really sorry for him. I hope he recovers and goes on to win Wimbledon one day.


rognadfan Says:

Willow, fair enough! I may have read your reasons at some point but now have forgotten about them.
But for me hie on court demeanor is top notch. I may have missed his bad behaviors on the courts altogether but I doubt that.
Only time i have seen him melt on the court is at Miami 2011, I believe. Coincidentally, that was the match I was at the grandstand in miami, watching him very closely. :)
Apart from that I have always liked how he handles himself during matches. Personally, there might be issues some find unimpressive but I tend to disregard them for most professionals because I want to judge them on their tennis as much as I can.


Willow Says:

Jatin im glad your here, im really happy for you too :-)


Berghain Says:

LMAO
I dont know if this was posted here yet. First time I have seen it.
Kim Clijsters gives man tennis skirt for hit at Wimbledon 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z04Oe_GULao&ytbChannel=Wimbledon


Markus Says:

Now that 2017 Wimbledon is over, I can post. I was ready to congratulate the fans of whoever wins. So, congratulations to myself… and yes of course, all the other Fed fans out there. Were we happy with 17 when 2017 started? How about 19? Looking forward to 2019!


squirrel Says:

@rognadfan

I was one of the post that didn’t like Cilic. But it has nothing to do with his ban, it was just his demeanor of shouting so loudly, especially when winning at the end of the match, that I find super annoying and off-putting (and a bit disriespectful for the losing opponent).

But I do agree that he seemed like a very nice guy, and definitely I felt very sorry for him for what happened to him today…


Willow Says:

Squirrel it was something he did off court that put me off him, or more like the company he kept ….


madmax Says:

Ah, no one is perfect. We hold our athletes up to such a high bar, they are human.

Cilic’s interview, very humble, very respectful. I hope he wins Wimbledon one day. He has had a super journey to the final, has proved himself a worthy, worthy contender, at any of the slams. He has power and today, he had grace.

Hope he can enjoy the party tonight, but he probably won’t be dancing on those feet!


Willow Says:

Madmax i dont expect perfection, but theres some things i just cant let go im afraid ….


Mjj288 Says:


madmax Says:
‘Unbelievable from Federer’

Tim Henman
Former British number one on BBC TV
Posted at
16:55
Who writes these scripts? It’s unbelievable.

Six months ago, if you said to the tennis fraternity that Roger Federer is going to come back, only play two Slams this year and win them both…

July 16th, 2017 at 10:59 am”

If Fed doesn’t play the US Open Madmax…


Rick Says:

FEDERER “THE DOLLAR KING”.


madmax Says:

Willow,

I kind of lost the thread at what we/you/ were discussing. I think you said you didn’t like Cilic. I guess I get too soft when I see a man cry. :-(


Amit Says:

RZ

Guess I was wrong in the end regarding haircut😜😜😜

rognadfan

I also like Cilic as he has very gentle persona and on-court demeanour😃😃😃


J-Kath Says:

I apologise but I don’t like Cilic – and it has nothing to do with today. I don’t know why I don’t like him – possibly he always looks angry.

Madmax: Yes, Wimbledon was interesting all the good and bad including 5-setters; the surprises good and bad etc. etc. – that’s possibly why a more fulfilling final was a disappointment – I think I wanted a thrilling competitive match – and while there were periods of enjoyable tennis – the second set was troublesome, i.e. was Cilic going to retire? what the heck was wrong with him? And if I’d paid a month’s income to attend the final and all the expenses that go with it, I’d have been really pissed-off.

PS: I read somewhere that players who are injured in advance of the match should not be allowed to play – to a degree we should be grateful to Cilic because at least he tried.


Michael Says:

Thanks Madmax.

Now I know that Cilic suffered from blisters and that is awfully painful hampering his movement and foot work on court. But would he have made a match of it if he was blister-free ? That can only be a matter of speculation and what has happened cannot be reversed as Roger made history. Going by how far Roger dominated the tournament till the finals steamrolling his opponents without losing a set, it would not be prejudiced to presume that he would have any way come out on top even against a fully fit Cilic. Roger got his generous dues for being so consistent in this tournament making 11 finals which borders on the terrain of the ridiculous.


Michael Says:

Willow – Thanks. Will go thru it.


Michael Says:

Willow -

I am not able track your reply. Can you please produce the same here or atleast give me the thread where you have posted ??


rognadfan Says:

Rick is just another Nolepanzi.. Keeps barking non-sense and borderline profanity simply out of utter jealousy.


Willow Says:

Michael it was on the Federer /Berdych thread ….


Willow Says:

Madmax i wont eleborate too much, but i lost all respect for the guy when somebody here put up a link, about the company Cilic was keeping off court, when he won the USO in 2014 ….


Margot Says:

RZ: Why thank you! Gob smacked TBH. *Takes a bow and signs autographs*…….;) And hugs dear AM, pipped at the post.x


AndyMira Says:

@M!!..I just give my congrats to u on other thread!!..and u sneak in here!!Hahaha….Much hugs and kisses to u too My Queen!!Woohoo!!


Margot Says:

See you at the USOpen darling. OMG…we will be the favourites. Eek! Eek! Pressure, pressure…;)


AndyMira Says:

@M!!….Hahaha!…Yeah,yeah!…I hope i’m not going to bail out 80-81 on the 5th sets to u M!!….Argh!!That’s painful!!


Ahfi Says:

Fed and Joker were expected to meet in semis. Joker couldn’t complete his quarter final match so how was Fed going to play him before winning the title? Again Fed and Nadal were expected to meet in the final. Nadal lost in the round of 16. I guess Fed should have packed bag and baggage and left the tournament after Nadal lost his match.

Didn’t Fed just defeat a fully fit Nadal at the Australian Open this year? Nadal was leading 3-1 in the 5th set. Maybe we have already forgotten that.

People who may have just started watching tennis obviously do not recall that Fed used to defeat Joker and Murray until he got older and lost a step or two (until now). Of course, once Murray and Joker got into their prime, things were reversed against an aging Roger. Do some of us, at least, remember that?

Whoever has the time and wants us to know, can you please make for us a list of all the people Joker defeated from the round of 16 through the finals on his way to winning his 11(?) slams? Same for Rafa…same for Murray. I’m sure some people will be at peace with themselves after seeing that kind of list.

MOST IMPORTANT – Let’s all enjoy these wonderful players while they are still FIT to entertain us.


Pamela Says:

Latin – I’m with you.. been waiting for this day for a very long time. Being in the states it started recording on ESPN at 6:00 a.m. California time. I had to wait until almost 3:00 p.m. to watch. Stayed off all social media as that is how I found out Venus lost….. Fed deserved this win and I am thrilled he got it


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