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Published: 18:14 | 16/7/17

Federer eases to record eighth Wimbledon crown

Roger Federer has become the first man to win eighth Wimbledon titles after he eased to victory over Marin Cilic in a one-sided final.

The Swiss triumphed 6-3 6-1 6-4 against an opponent who seemed overwhelmed by the occasion at times in the match.

The Croat broke down in tears at one stage in the second set as the match began to get away from him, with blisters on his left foot appearing to hinder his efforts.

Federer has now extended his all-time best number of grand slam titles to 19 and he has become the oldest man to win the Wimbledon title.

He has now surpassed the seven Wimbledon titles Pete Sampras and William Renshaw claimed with only Martina Navratilova's nine titles better than his haul.

"It is cruel sometimes," Federer told the BBC. "But Marin fought well and is a hero, so congratulations on a wonderful tournament. 

"You should be really proud, this is such a special occasion, you had a wonderful tournament and sometimes you don't feel great in the final.

"I hope we can play down the road some better ones."

Having won the Australian Open earlier this year - beating long-time rival Rafael Nadal in a thrilling five-set final - Federer chose to miss the French Open in order to prepare for another crack at winning his first Wimbledon since 2012.

And it proved to be a great decision as the victory saw the world number three clinched the title without dropping a set throughout the tournament while his total time on court of 11 hours 37 minutes is the lowest he has spent winning any of his eight titles at SW14.

Federer now stands four grand slam titles clear of Nadal in second place in the men's game while he is joint-fifth on the all-time list, five behind Margaret Court.

Cilic meanwhile was proud of his efforts across the tournament.

"I never give up in a match," he also told the BBC. "I gave it my best - it's all I can do. 

"I had an amazing journey here. I played the best tennis of my life. I really want to thank my team - they gave so much strength to me.

"Of course, to all my fans in Croatia, it was really tough today. I gave it my all. I will hope I come back here another time."

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