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Believer Cilic stands between Federer and historic 8th

LONDON : Already one of the greatest sportsmen of his era, Roger Federer will become the most successful man in Wimbledon history if he can beat Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday’s final and claim an unprecedented eighth men’s singles title.
The Swiss, level with Britain’s William Renshaw and American Pete Sampras on seven titles, is rejuvenated after taking a six-month break last year and enters the final as the clear favourite having not dropped a set in the tournament. Add in the fact he has been almost unstoppable this season, winning four of the six events he had entered — including an 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open — many pundits and rivals believe Federer is playing some of his best tennis this year.
While Cilic will be contesting his first final at the All England Club, this will be a record 11th appearance for Federer and, less than a month short of his 36th birthday, he is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Ken Rosewall finished runner-up in 1974 aged 39. Should he triumph, Federer will become the oldest winner of the Challenge Cup since tennis turned professional in 1968.

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