Key points in Sunday’s Wimbledon men’s final between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic:
+ Cilic wastes the first break point of the match at 2-1, driving a backhand return into the net to let Federer off the hook.
+ Sublime Federer winner around the side of the net, followed by two limp unforced errors from Cilic give the Swiss star the first break for a 3-2 lead.
+ With nerve-ridden Cilic in disarray, Federer applies more pressure and a double fault from the Croat at 3-5 seals the set in 36 minutes.
Key stat: After falling break point down in the fourth game, Federer won 11 of the next 13 points to seize the momentum.
Top quote: “I feel like Cilic wants to go for a bit too much now, he’s overhitting it. Federer has a little bit more freedom on the shots,” – Boris Becker
+ Less than 50 percent of Cilic’s first serves were landing in, giving Federer the incentive to go for broke on his returns. It was a formula that proved fatal for Cilic as the seven-time champion broke in the second game.
+ Trailing 3-0, Cilic called for a visit from the medical team and promptly burst into tears, burying his head in a towel before returning to the court.
+ Federer, showing no mercy, had completely neutralised Cilic’s usually vicious serve and he broke again in the sixth game to move to the brink of victory.
Key stat: Cilic had served an ace in every set in the tournament until the first set of the final. He managed one in the second but it was nowhere near enough to derail Federer.
Top quote: “I don’t know what’s going on. You can’t move that well with an injury,” – Pat Cash on Cilic’s tears.