The spectators were concerned that that might be the end of the match. Already, ten men had retired from the court in these Championships because of injury, including Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final. The last time it happened in a men’s final was in 1911, and we can be confident that there were not 15,000 spectators watching that day, with a ticket costing almost £200 in their pocket.
Cilic did at least choose to continue, and as a result he pulled off a near-impossible feat: turning the crowd against Federer on Centre Court. It wasn’t that they wanted Cilic to win. They just wanted him to put up a fight, and extend the match somewhere close to the two-hour mark.
In the end, an ace clinched Federer’s 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory in 1hr 41min. It was the first time Federer had won Wimbledon without dropping a set, and only the second time anyone had done so in the Open era, after Bjorn Borg in 1976.
Murray wins battle of Britain in mixed doubles
Murray/Hingis defeat Kontinen/Watson 6-4, 6-4
Jamie Murray won a battle of Britain at Wimbledon as he and Martina Hingis overcame Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen to secure the mixed doubles title.
Murray and Hingis beat defending champions Watson and Kontinen 6-4 6-4 as Murray sealed his second grand slam title in mixed, 10 years after winning his first here with Jelena Jankovic.
It is also 20 years since Hingis edged past Jana Novotna to win her singles title on Centre Court, and the Swiss now has six major mixed doubles triumphs to add to her 12 in women’s doubles and five in singles.