Clare Balding presents highlights of the final day's action at Wimbledon 2017. All eyes are on Centre Court today and the men's singles final on the hallowed SW19 turf.
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String, simple, everyday. Ordinarily. But in tennis, like
music... It facilitates extraordinary things. Like the
overhead cable. It transmits power. Electricity. Like a nerve, it
pulses, tension, pressure. Release. Like a vein, it carries the
lifeblood. To the heart of the game. String is the constant tying the
past. To the present and the future. 1889 and William Renshaw winning his
seventh Wimbledon title. 111 years later, in 2000, the American, Pete
Sampras, winning his seventh Wimbledon title. 2012, Switzerland's
Roger Federer wins his seventh Wimbledon title. This trio
intertwined by shared history. # So many actions, so many voices.
Stretch the timeline to today and just one has the chance to break the
tie. But it's a fine line because standing in his way is the former US
Open champion, Marin Cilic. A man hoping to strike his own court. But
with 18 Grand Slam titles and counting... Who would bet against
the greatest of all time... Becoming the greatest of all time?
COMMENTATOR: And his extraordinary. Pure genius -- that is
extraordinary. Wow. Brilliant. I love that. Arguably the greatest
champion of all time. Roger Federer is the man who more than any other
knows how to break the tape. Boris Becker, John McEnroe and Pat Cash,
winning seven Wimbledon titles between them but today we focus on a
man who was trying to make history, Roger Federer trying to become the
first man to win the singles title for an eighth time. On the other
side of the net the imposing figure of Marin Cilic. Pat Cash and Tim
Henman alongside me to discuss everything that happened today. We
will show you the best of the action. On the day that the new
Doctor Who was announced, the question was, could Roger regenerate
and become the oldest man of the open era to win the Wimbledon
singles title? Beginning in the fifth game of the first set, 2-2 as
the players held serve at the beginning of the match.
COMMENTATOR: Oh, he's down, Cilic and Federer manages to scamper
across himself. That could have been nasty for Marin
Cilic. Federer managing to get up and over the net. Actually left him
in quite a lots to do, didn't it? Crosscourt dink. It's all happening.
Federer just happy, bouncing back, with all the options. Cilic, taking
the pace of it -- off it, forcing into generate the power himself.
Didn't look comfortable. Six straight points for Federer and
three break points here. Federer was having a good look at
the old sabre play, something like that? Snake attack by Roger. Chip
and charge they used to call it, hit and charge.
A little serve and a volley, after the first.
The pressure tells, the first break, Federer. We rejoin it with Cilic
serving to stay in the set. Cilic had a good grass court season
himself, having match point at Queen's Club against Lopez.
I did see one empty seat, it is up by gangway 311, but I haven't seen
any others. 15,000 in here. Actually 14,900 99.
He ripped it crosscourt and it brings set point, 34 minutes played.
The first one was speedy. The second one, beating him for pace.
Good serve from Cilic. Not only wanting to make Federer serve for
the set, but if he loses it, he would like to be serving first in
the second. These serve percentage isn't as good
for Cilic as it was in the tournament. Just above 50%. It's
even worse on the second serve. Just under a little pressure.
Cilic hasn't served and Mac ace yet, indicating that Federer is seeing
the direction that he wants to serve early.
36 minutes, it's taken. Roger Federer takes another step towards
history. Federer took the first set in double
quick time and we're into the early stages of the second. Cilic serving.
His very first ace of the match. Here we go.
Greg was at ski and son. -- Greg Rusedski and son.
That's what he needs. Quick point on his serve. To make this match
competitive again. He's having a bit of a horror now,
isn't he? He's falling apart a bit. Not always easy when you're a big
man, if you're a bit nervous. One of the things that doesn't always work
is your third work. Making small steps. He's got to get those size
14s moving now. That's a way as well. This is
difficult, now, difficult to watch in some ways. Set and a break,
Federer. Federer holding the next game to
take a 3-0 lead and Cilic called for the doctor, very upset and there was
real concern that the men's final might end early with a retirement
for the first time since 1911 but he got up off his chair to play on, as
we go back to the match with Federer leading 4-1.
He's done so well, so far. Just hope for him that he gets back into the
swing of things. Looks like he's recovered a little
bit. He's got his feet on the ground again.
They were so proud when he used to throw his racket around in junior
tournaments until he calmed down. They said he was a family
embarrassment! -- they weren't so proud.
Just Federer not letting Cilic have anything to hold onto in this second
set. He looks all sweet and neat and
tidy, doesn't he, Roger Federer, but as a competitor... I wouldn't say he
is second to none, but he and Nadal, Djokovic, Murray. It sounds rude but
it's the nature of the sport, there is a winner and a loser, we don't
have drawers in tennis. UMPIRE: Mr Federer is challenging
the call on the far left sideline, the ball was called out.
Fastest serve of the match, 134 mph. Federer sticks out a racket and it
comes back with interest. His fastest serve of the tournament.
Whether or not he needed a doctor, medical attention and the referee
and the supervisor, we really can't tell. Crying just a few minutes ago.
It's a horrible situation. You want the ground to open up and swallow
you in situations like this. It's very difficult. He's getting
hammered, the bottom line, outplayed. About to go two sets
down. Three set points, Federer. 2-0 lead.
That's that. The doctor and the train came act
after the second set. And this time it was
an official medical time out. Cilic was clearly having
trouble with his left foot He had a horrible blister
and he said the pain He carried on and we pick it up in
the third game of the third set. Federer doesn't make it easy for
him, obviously. He can smell it. You feel at this stage every point
is hard to come by for Cilic. The best of the match so far for
these men. But it needs a few more. A couple of gutsy points and a
couple of better points there from Cilic, 0-30, to 40-30.
Those size 14s just don't want to move.
Federer doesn't make it easier for you. Putting the ball back in play,
making his opponent always hit one more shot.
Oh, he can't do anything, can he, only 40 out of 71st service -- 70
first service. You say it is unforced. Proving too big and Mac
ask -- an ask for Cilic. Well done. Many a player has stepped out onto
the grass court of Wimbledon, let alone Centre Court, and found it
difficult. Yes. We are with you, Andrew. What a
relief. Cilic trying to fight, the crowd roaring their approval.
Serving at 3-3. A reminder that the mixed doubles
final follows this meant's singles final, Jamie Murray playing
alongside Martina Hingis, against Kontinen and Watson. UMPIRE: Mr
Cilic is challenging the call on the right near sideline. The ball was
called out. The call stands. Mr Cilic has two challenges remaining.
Oh, no. You just knew it. Federer had gone the wrong way. Yes. And if
the rain is going to come, it needs to come quickly for Marin Cilic. As
Roger Federer closes in on Championship number eight.
And another forehand hitting the net. Federer, two games away, two
sets and a break up in this Championship match, Wimbledon, 2017.
The rain did not come, the weather was not going to save Cilic and one
hour 40 minutes after the match began, Roger Federer came out to
serve for a record eighth Wimbledon title.
There goes the vulnerability that Boris Becker was talking about. He's
hardly missed one of those in the previous one hour and 39 minutes.
When Cilic has got the ball into play in this game, he's won the
point. What a player! Champion here at
Wimbledon. The first man to win eight Championships! Yet another
extraordinary performance. This one was a bit of a procession, but he
didn't drop a set throughout Wimbledon.
Roger said beforehand is no special win was in 2012 because it was his
first as a father. Now with his 7-year-old twin
daughters and 3-year-old twin sons Lenny and Leo looking on,
Federer the father was overcome Now to the runner-up. Marin Cilic!
And the Wimbledon champion of 2017... Roger Federer!
I think everybody here feels for you, never easy playing with an
injury, but you bravely battled on. Yeah, that's what I did throughout
all my career, never gave up. That was my idea also today. I gave my
best. It's all I could do. For you, Roger, great tournament. It's been a
great year since you took six months off, you seem to be getting better
and better. I've got to take more time off, I don't know what's going
on. I'll be gone for the next six months, I'm not it's going to work
out this fantastic every time I comeback. I guess it's just being
healthy. Feels great and means the world to me. We worked so hard last
year. To be back here and, you know, feeling great. Holding the trophy
now. The tournament I played, not dropping a set is magical, I can't
believe it yet. So... You won your first grand slam here. Over the
years you've been breaking other champions' records, now you have
your own, the eighth Wimbledon title, the only man in the history
of Wimbledon to ever win eight times. Yeah, it's... Yeah, I mean I
guess again, it's just believe, that I achieve such heights. I wasn't
sure if I was going to ever be here again in another finals after last
year. I've had some tough ones, losing to Novak in 14 and 15. I
always believed I could maybe come back and do it again. If you
believe, you can go really really far in your life. I think I did that
and I'm happy I kept believing and dreaming. Here I am today. It's
fantastic. What a way to do it. The first man to win the championship
without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg 41 years ago. A kiss and a hug
from double. The big question for Pat and Tim is how does he come back
fitter and better than ever? It possible really to know. When he
left 12 months ago and had a dodgy knee, we thought, have we really
seen the best of Roger Federer? Then he comes back after that big gap
away from the game. For me, he's playing better than ever because
he's so aggressive. I wouldn't say he moves as well as he used to, with
that being said, the way he's been hitting his backhand, how he serves,
how well these conditions suit his game, we have to wait and see what
happens in the next 12 months. I think your fancy his chances
defending his title next year. As a final it won't go down as a vintage
contest, but Federer did everything he had to do. Essentially he wasn't
distracted by what might have been happening with Cilic's foot. No,
that's what experiences all about, he's been there so many times, he is
so confident with his game and I can't agree more with Tim. I've been
saying this for years about Federer becoming a better player, developed
a better serve over the last ten years, developed a drop shot. Right
on cue. Brilliant, Pat. Thank you. Luck, like most of my things. And of
course the backhand has become more powerful, more aggressive. That was
the sort of, you know, not a weakling, but at least the players
could stay in the points. Certainly somewhere Rafa would attack. Went
back to the drawing board, he's come back a better player. He's fresh.
And he's relaxed. He did what he had to do. Marin, you've got to feel for
Marin, obviously something was affecting him. It's not great
movement there. Nerves. As Tim was commenting, is a size 14s weren't
moving today. It's a horrible feeling things aren't going well and
you have something wrong with your foot and can't brush off. Your whole
world is watching. The guy down the other end is called Roger Federer
Cumani 's favourite court, his favourite surface. We can't have
that all the time. Federer did what he had to do. We saw his record.
He's rewriting everything. He's a great historian of tennis. He will
know that the Australian open was won at 36 and 37. Made finals of
Wimbledon and the US Open at 39. It's not impossible. Again, things
have changed in the last five or ten years. You go back a little bit
further, Pete Sampras won the US Open, he stopped, he was 30. I
stopped at 33 and felt it was plenty long enough. You see these guys
playing now, Federer about the 36. Karlovic in the draw is even older.
What Federer has done so well over time is get his schedule right. A
lot of people were questioning him taking six months off at the end of
last year, but it was very much related to his knee, he needed three
months with a consultation from his sort of surgeon to say got to give
it time. And then when he took the clay-court season off. An amazing
decision to make, it wipes out a chunk of the year. It does, to step
away from tournament play, you can practice as much as you like, spend
time in the gym, but that match toughness only comes from tournament
play. A lot of people looked at that and said, is this the right thing to
be doing? He had total belief in that. When he lost the first round
in Stuttgart on grass, people said, has this backfired? Fast forward to
Tallaght where he didn't drop a set. -- fast forward to Halle. It's not
impossible, given Djokovic and Murray had issues, it's not
impossible Federer could be number one by the end of the year again. He
could win the US Open. It is fast, if not quicker, than he is. It sits
into the ground, the balls are lighter, faster through the air.
You'll have to pounded out. -- he'll have to count it out. Is Murray
going to play the US season? Is Djokovic? Wawrinka comes into play.
Who is standing up here at the moment? You don't want to say the
tournament fell away but it kind of did a little bit. He's 35, the last
man standing. He really was the last standing, his opponent could barely
stand today. Let's look at those shots of Cilic being so upset. He
says in his interview afterwards, he was so frustrated that he couldn't
play. These weren't just tears of physical pain. Obviously the blister
was causing problems, but he couldn't do what he wanted to.
That's right, there's two sides to the coin. He had his own
frustrations and I think the occasion, in a two week tournament,
there's a lot of emotions that build up, getting through to his second
grand slam final, the first here. He started off in the first ten or 15
minutes playing very well, he had break point opportunity, was really
aggressive, serving well. All of a sudden, Federer got the break,
double break to win the first set. Things got the better of him. I
think it was a build-up of, perhaps a problem with the foot, but also
the emotions of the final, the magnitude of the event. He couldn't
quite control himself. That's the element to Federer. You said how
relaxed he is. If every player could learn to do that they would find a
different level of play. Maybe not as good as Federer, but something he
does as good as anybody else, he plays relaxed tennis on big
occasions. He does. A combination of when you're under pressure having
confidence in your technical ability, your technique, that will
hold up under pressure. And being able to mentally handle it. Federer
knows if he goes out there, even on a bad serving day, he's still going
to serve 58, 50 7%, something like that. Marin Cilic is serving 42, a
big difference. He knows, Federer knows, he made quite a few mistakes
in the semifinal and final today on the forehand. He hit a bunch of
winners. The backhand was faultless. He knows part of his game are never
going to break down for long. It's technically, but also mentally, I
missed a couple, but no problem. Most of us will miss if you, then
it'll get tighter and tighter. We saw the other day exactly that
thing, today. He loves to finish with a flourish. He did with an ace.
That's right, it was important for Federer not to get ahead of himself.
He was in a great position, up two sets. Once he got the opportunity to
break in the seventh game he was up 4-3. The way he'd been serving, the
only lost his serve five times in whole tournament. Such a great
foundation to be playing from. To serve for any matches sometimes
difficult, never mind the finals of Wimbledon. Forced it was a fitting
moment. He gave so much to everybody, the fans in the grounds,
and the press, he was still doing interviews until 8pm. Is
extraordinary and he knows it's part of selling the game as a whole.
There were big crowds on the outside courts because on Court three we had
wheelchair doubles action and Yui Kamiji of Japan was playing
alongside Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain trying to win a fourth
consecutive title. They were up against a very hot Dutch pair.
Louise Hunt and Nick Mullins can bring us the best bits of the final.
On Court three, Yui Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley against the
Netherlands pairing of Buis and de Groot. That is the power from de
Groot. -Zilla outstanding drop shot from
Buis. The ball rolling before it even met the service line.
There is the first break to the Dutch pair.
The three times champions have got some work to do if they want to make
it four at this year's Wimbledon. Diede de Groot and Marjolein Buis of
won the first set. Some of the points we're seeing at the moment.
This final beginning to bubble. Kamiji and Whiley are not letting
this slip easily through their fingers. Nicely done.
It's on the line. They'll never tire of hearing it, but once again Yui
Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley are Wimbledon champions. 2014. 15, 16
and 17. There has been nobody quite like these two on these courts. This
is by far the most special to me because I've been out for eight
months struggling with injury, I haven't played for a year now. I did
try my hardest. They are such a strong team. I'm so happy. We can
see how thrilled you are. Yui, how are you feeling right now and have
specialist this moment? Erm... Sorry. I'd like to thank Jordanne to
play with me again. And congratulations to my Alan and
Diede. And to the crowd for cheering for us. Yes. -- congratulations to
Tim Ferri. I think we all remember the shouts of Yui, Yui throughout
that. She's my best friend. I do anything
for Yui, I'd try my hardest for Yui, I know she do the same. That's what
makes us such a special doubles partnership. Such a sweet thing to
say because before Jordanne Whiley described Yui as her bag for life,
less confirmatory than best friend. We know what she means. There was a
British winner guaranteed in the mixed doubles. Here is Phil Jones.
A British face-off with a Swiss finish edge. Whether top seeds or
not seeds, both teams are loving life. Britain's Jamie Murray
answered with a wide yes to eight text of invitation to team up with
36-year-old Brick Martina Hingis of 22 grand slam titles and vast
experience. It enhanced his hopes of winning is again mixed doubles title
here a decade after the first. With Jelena Jankovic. Heather Watson and
Henri Kontinen, the unseeded GB Finland Giro are the opposition. The
titleholders no less. They could become the first pair to
successfully defend his crown for 20 years. Whatever the outcome, a
British Wimbledon champion was guaranteed.
Jamie was going to poach a couple of times there. Then a decisive
interception at the net, first break of serve.
If you are serving at 75 mph to a thick hitting Finn, that's what
happens. Henri, what are you doing? Trying to
do way too much here. That ball was going straight at him.
Inside out forehand. Murray at the net. Break of serve.
Have a hit that as hard as she possibly could. As he moves across,
his face on, which gives him a chance. That has been trained by his
coach firing thousands of boards at him from very close range.
Correction macro thousands of balls. First set to the British- Swiss
combination. A richly entertaining 30 minutes. Beautifully played. It
just sat there asking to be hit. Boy, did he hit it.
What a pick-up that was. What a fantastic volley. He knew that when
it was pulled wide in the alley his option was a short cross for a
forehand volley. That he knew. What a return for Heather on the
backhand. That's why you have to be so accurate. World-class whatever
delivers from the backhand, when she can get hold of it. They've done a
very good job of stopping it. He wasn't quite accurate enough. That's
what happens. Vaclik from Heather says it all. A
big break for Murray and Hingis. -- that shriek from Heather.
Great shot, great shot. The crowd chanting for more. More shots like
that from these two and they'll have some more.
Great shot from Henri Kontinen, that's fantastic!
Missed it. Oh, Heather. Match point for Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis.
On Centre Court, which began with one Murray two Mondays ago, and all
the drama of Roger and Davina in between ends with another Murray.
Jamie and Martina Hingis are mixed doubles champions for 2017. A great
success for British tennis to have two guys in the final. For us, we
had a great week, we had a lot of amazing tennis, especially in the
final we knew we'd have to play really good match to have a chance
to win. We were able to do that. A momentous day for Switzerland as
well, Roger winning on centre court earlier, you winning now, both of
you defying age. Yeah, not bad for us! I think I'm really happy that I
contacted Jamie before Wimbledon started. You know, so I'm really
happy how we played and performed. You talk about one British is going
to win Wimbledon this year, I'm happy, I was hoping it's going to be
mine. That's how it proved. This is your first mixed doubles title for
ten years, how does the occasion compared to that one? I kind of
forgot, to be honest, what it felt like last time. This was pretty
sweet. Huge thanks to Martina because I wouldn't be standing here
if it wasn't for her because I wasn't going to play. Yeah, it's an
easy decision to play, when she picks me, she's such an amazing
player, she showed it all week. Really excited to have the trophy
again. A wise man to accept your invitation, definitely. A lot of
guys in the locker room would have been jumping at the chance. Might we
see you here next year possibly? I hope so. We have the next grand slam
coming up so we'll have to talk about that and go from there. It's
always nice to defend a title when you come back. Sounds like it might
be the beginning of a beautiful mixed doubles relationship, a 23rd
grand slam title for Martina Hingis, the fourth Jamie Murray. He didn't
lose his serve once in five matches they played in. Pretty good. He
should be sending a text Matic to Martina Hingis tonight to say, can
we play at the US Open? -- a text message. I don't care what the
question is, the answer is yes. They are both great doubles players. When
you get that combination, we were sitting here watching Martina at the
net, she's got such good hand skills. Jamie's a great volley. That
combination. If they want to keep playing for a while, they could win
many more grand slam mixed doubles titles. We've seen how the doubles
has helped Heather Watson in singles. She went out earlier this
week. She played very well. For her and Henri Kontinen to get to the
final again, big achievement. It is, fantastic. We don't often play mixed
doubles. It's at the grand slams. Not everybody plays it. It's a
fantastic sport. We've got the Hopman cup, something separate
altogether, before the Australian open, a lead up tournament. It's not
often played. It's very exciting, the format of the game. If you can
pick your partners like Martina Hingis, she is really good, I played
a bunch of exhibition matches against her and she can out volley
the guys, her reflexes are so good. Definitely a text from Jamie, I
would say. Saying yes in capital letters. It gave the Centre Court
crowd subbing to enjoy after beastly historic achievement from Roger
Federer, but a flat contest in terms of the men's singles final. We give
you our shot of the day from that match.
More than one shot at August through the brilliance, Tim. Federer
slightly on the defensive, has to move forward, picked up the dropped
shot. Cilic does very well to flick it crosscourt, falls on his
backside. Then Federer is the dexterity to hit this backhand when
it is almost behind him. You can see here is got to chase it down, just
get the elevation on the ball to flick the rest down the line for a
winner. It's an amazing shot. After that, Cilic never moved the same
again and we don't think the injury was caused there because the injury
was blisters and he brought it on to court. But it was essentially one of
the highlights. In terms of social media, this has been doing the
rounds, giving Roger and Rafa have won the first three grand slams of
the year. Cast your eyes back to this, dawn Road says...
That is the point. They now go into the US Open and frankly you're
looking at one of them to win it. For me it's like the clock has gone
back five years, you had a period when they were dominating. Then
Djokovic came in, you had Murray finishing number one, winning his
last five tournaments of last year. Suddenly, we're back again. Roger
won in Australia, rapper dominated on the clay. He wins his tent French
Open. Roger has won eight here, but Rafa has won ten, Roland Garros.
It'll be interesting to see what happens in New York. They seem to
push each other on, when one does something brilliant, the next one
has two top it. I don't think they're focused on that. They are
focusing on staying fit and healthy, enjoying tennis. No doubt they push
each other, particularly, I think, Roger has a lot to thank Rafa, Novak
and Andy for. They pushed him into improving the stuff we were saying,
improving his serve. Particularly the backhand. It's been developed to
try to beat Rafa. It's working to counteract him this year. And
everybody else for that matter. Frankie, the grounds are empty,
everybody else has left. Over the last two week the BBC has brought
over 500 matches online on television and radio. You are about
to see the people who made it possible. Thanks to them and to the
players who've given given us heart-warming, heroic and, indeed,
historic stories to tell. It's like the beginning of a
fantastic holiday, isn't it? What a battle factory or what a
result! British tennis history is made.
They've done it! Wimbledon champions again.
Physically, Andy Murray not white. This is the greatest win of his
life. -- physically, Andy Murray is not right. For John Akinde it ends
here. Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis, our
mixed doubles champions. One of the best of all time. Take a deep
breath, focus, then it's time to take the walk.
It's not over till it's over. First blood to Muguruza. This match
slipping away from Venus Williams. What a victory for Muguruza. Who is
the Wimbledon champion. If you stop and look around, take all of this
in, it'll be too late. Roger Federer takes another step toward history.
What a player! The first man to win eight championships here at
Clare Balding presents highlights of the final day's action at Wimbledon 2017.
All eyes are on Centre Court today and the men's singles final on the hallowed SW19 turf.
After a victory from Andy Murray in 2016 - his second Wimbledon triumph - the home crowd are desperate for more of the same this year.
Clare and guests also cast their eye over another busy day of action in south west London which includes the mixed doubles final, an event won last year by Britain's Heather Watson and Finland's Henri Kontinen.