Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer wins his 19th major

Cilic's former coach Goran Ivanisevic says, Marin has the potential to become a top-four player and this weekend represents his best chance of winning a Wimbledon title.

"I felt that my level of tennis in the past several weeks is really on a high level, and that has given me a lot of consistency with my mindset".

Roger Federer is on the cusp of an historic eighth Wimbledon title and nineteenth Grand Slam after he outlasted Tomas Berdych in a tense encounter to reach the final at the All England Club.

There is now only one player standing in the way of Federer's milestone.

Meanwhile, the women's champion will be decided tonight when Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza battle it out in the final showdown. A thrill went through the stands at Center Court where spectators feared that a drop would shorten the show.

The Swiss extended his Wimbledon finals appearance record to 11, well clear of Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Arthur Gore, all on seven.

"It's definitely great for me to be in the final of a Grand Slam again", Cilic said.

In the day's other final on Centre Court, Jamie Murray and Swiss Martina Hingis beat Finland's Henri Kontinen and Briton Heather Watson 6-4 6-4 to win the mixed doubles final, bringing the curtain down on an action-packed fortnight at SW19. His seven Wimbledon men's titles came in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012.

Kerber lost in the first round at the French Open, then the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Federer is only the second man in history to win eight titles at the same grand slam behind Rafael Nadal, who claimed his eighth French Open in 2013 - and his 10th last month.

He couldn't be sure another final, let alone title, was possible a year ago, when he lost in the semifinals, then took the rest of 2016 off to let his surgically repaired left knee heal.

It's the third time Federer has reached the Wimbledon final without dropping a set en route.

"It was tough for me to focus on the tactics, on the things that I needed to do".

"It was very, very difficult to deal with it", he said. By reaching his 12th Wimbledon semi-final he had moved one ahead of Connors (11) as the record holder.

Surrounded by the tournament doctor, referee and trainer, Cilic soldiered on - only to lose serve with an errant forehand volley to fall further behind at 1-5.

This was Federer's record 29th career grand slam final and, incredibly, it comes 19 years after he won the boys' singles Wimbledon title in 1998.

- Federer broke Cilic's serve to take a 2-0 lead in the second set.

- Federer won the first set against Cilic 6-3.

Federer's victory ensured the world's most important title remained in the possession of the Big Four.

- Cilic required more treatment on what appeared to be an injury to his foot before the start of the third set.

No player other than Federer (eight), Novak Djokovic (three), Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray (two titles each) has won Wimbledon since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.

Rosewall (three times) and Federer (twice) are the only players to win multiple majors after turning 35. This will also only be their first clash on the grass surface.

  • Ricardo Clara