Marin Cilic reduced to tears during Wimbledon final defeat to Roger Federer

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Roger Federer brushed aside the challenge of Marin Cilic to land a record eighth Wimbledon men's singles title.

The sublime Swiss enjoyed a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 triumph in under two hours and, 23 days before his 36th birthday, became the oldest Wimbledon men's singles champion in the professional era. Federer then incredibly won the Australian Open earlier this year in his first sanctioned tournament back from his break for his 18 major title.

41 - Since losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2014 Wimbledon decider, Federer has now won 41 consecutive matches when leading by a set.

It looked like the Croatian might withdraw, but he played on after receiving applause from the fans.

Federer is in a zone and Wimbledon finalist Cilic couldn't agree more.

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LONDON, UK - Roger Federer saluted Wimbledon "hero" Marin Cilic after the injury-hit Croatian was reduced to tears during Sunday's emotional final. He defended the title for the next four years till 2007.

Federer's previous Wimbledon win came in 2012. I gave my best and that's all I could do.

"Honestly I'm incredibly surprised how well this year is going, how well I'm feeling", he told a media conference. He said after the game: "I never gave up when I started a match - that was my idea today". With the win, Federer surpasses Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who won their seventh titles in 2000 and 1889 respectively. "So, there are wishes for him that the Swiss star would win his 8th title at Centre Court".

It is also the 35-year-old Federer's record 19th Grand Slam singles title.

Commentating on the match for the BBC three-time champion Boris Becker said: "Maybe Marin Cilic is just going through an emotional rollercoaster?" But I kept believing and if you believe you can go a long way in your life.

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