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Roger Federer vows to attack in final against big hitter Marin Cilic

Roger Federer vows to attack in final against big hitter Marin Cilic

The 35-year-old was speaking the morning after his record-clinching triumph at the All England Club, which saw him surpass Pete Sampras's tally of seven titles, and took him to 19 Grand Slam wins overall.

The match is the first on Centre Court, meaning the action will start from 2pm. Most importantly, Abhinav Bindra won India its first ever individual gold medal in the 10m air rifle event at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

He said: "Health has a definite role to play in my decision-making, no doubt about it".

"We never know what happens", said the Swiss star, who had told the Centre Court crowd in his victory speech: "I hope to be back, I hope this wasn't my last match". I gave my best. If you give Marin now-time on the ball, he can finish points nicely.

It suits Federer to play with the sort of freedom that has become his trademark and has set him apart from every rival, young or old. However, Federer respected Berdych's game and needed no reminding that he had lost to him here in the quarter-finals, when the Czech went on to reach the final against Rafael Nadal.

"It feels like a dream come true", added Muguruza.

"I've not set my sights on a number of grand slams that I have to or want to achieve", he explained. And his tactics of avoiding a burn-out appears to be working. Berdych again saved break points at 5-5 before Federer closed out the first in a convincing tiebreaker.

The Wimbledon men's final this Sunday pits the tennis player who has won the most titles on grass, Switzerland's Roger Federer with 18, against the one with the highest percentage of wins on grass courts this year, Croatian Marin Cilic with 12 victories and just two losses. Roger is playing maybe some of the best tennis of his career at the moment, having a great season. On grass he is sublime, an architect of expression where style and the substance merge.

Marin Cilic has started the Wimbledon final by serving first to Roger Federer. I am not saying he cannot do it now anymore, but it would be no sense. It's as if his goal from day one was simply to execute the most beautiful, refined tennis possible, and by some strange coincidence the Tennis Gods took notice and ensured that he donned the cloak and dagger and ascended to the throne ahead of the mechanical beasts that dot the sporting landscape.

Watson's analysis of social media comment around the #WhatMakesGreat debate found that Federer attracted 68 per cent of votes for who's the greatest at 'adapt and impose'.

On returning to his chair to await the presentation, you could see him wiping tears from his eyes as he waved to his wife Marika and four children in the Players' Box. I hope I can play one more good match. This is the third time he has advanced to the final without losing a set, a fact he did not know, surprisingly.

Once a nervous performer on the big stage, Cilic has shown gathering signs of becoming more comfortable when his credentials are examined. Not to mention day-night Tests have been introduced to boost the sagging interest in Test cricket.

"Last year was so difficult, just to stay calm and speak to the team and to decide we were going to sit out and wait longer".

You can look at the number eight and marvel that he's soon to pass Sampras and Renshaw, but the real marvel lies in what Federer has always done against all odds: Elegance in a brutal sport at an astounding level of success.