With the final chapter of Wimbledon ready to unfold, we see an intriguing clash between the 7 time Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer and the 7th seed Marin Cilic for the title.
Federer and Cilic were both named to be the strongest contenders to lift the title since the start. With Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all taking early exit doors, it was imminent for Roger Federer to make his way to the finals without any major hurdles from his top 4 compatriots.
Though no one can deem Federer to be lucky to reach the finals as the Swiss has played outstandingly throughout his way to the finals. Federer has played his original style until now which saw him blow a knock-out punch to Grigor Dimitrov, Mischa Zverev and Tomas Berdych to name a few.
The Swiss is interestingly yet to concede any set at this year’s Wimbledon and would surely be hoping to continue the rituals against his next opponent in Marin Cilic.
Speaking of Cilic, he has almost had an akin form to his contrary with some delightful and eye-catching wins on his way to the finals. Cilic hasn’t had a moment of luck and has earned his way here with nothing less than toiling work all over the court.
Cilic, unlike Federer has conceded 3 sets to his opponents with 2 of those coming from his quarters clash against Gilles Muller, the witty maestro who ousted Rafael Nadal in the Round of 16. Cilic played out a 5 set thriller against Muller, countering his famous net play and inch perfect serves with every shot and won the match 3-6 7-6 7-5 5-7 1-6.
Even Sam Querrey, the first male American to reach semis after years, made the Croat toil for a place in the finals in a 4 set match.
Cilic is one of the popular names on the list of big servers and accompanying it are his mastered forehand returns that can be a threat to any class of opponent, even Federer.
Federer has seen off the Croatian six times in their 7 meetings with the major upset being surged by Cilic after his win over Federer at US Open 2014 semis in straight sets.
Their last meeting on this very turf took place in 2016 where Federer thrashed his opponent in a 5 set match winning it 6-7 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-3 in the quarters. Federer came from 2 set down to book a place in the semis with one hell of an excellent performance.
With Cilic vary of the conditions he would be facing on court against the King of Grass, he would surely be preparing himself to counteract those witty shots and serves Federer is going to throw at him.
Federer still remains in the box-seat to win his 8th title with the Swiss being the bookies’ favourite.
Federer takes on Marin Cilic today on the Centre Court in a bid to set himself immortal in the history of Wimbledon.