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and Marin Cilic will walk out on centre court in 10 minutes' time
to contest the men's singles final here at Wimbledon.
It's one of the biggest days in world sport,
so not surprisingly, the tension is high.
Simple, everyday. Ordinarily, in tennis, like music. It facilitates
everything. It transfers power. Electricity. Like a nerve, it
pulses. Release. Mike vein, it carries lifeblood to the heart of
the game. To the present - and the future. 1889, and William Renshaw
wins his seventh Wimbledon title. 111 years later, in 2000, the
American Pete Sampras wins his seventh Wimbledon title. 2012,
Switzerland's Roger Federer wins his seventh Wimbledon title. This trio
entwine. Stretch the timeline to today, and
just one has the chance to break the tie. But it is a fine line, because
standing in his way is the former US Open champion Marin Cilic. A man
hoping to strike his own cord. But with 18 Grand Slam titles and
counting... Who would bet against the greatest of all time... Becoming
the greatest of all time, here? COMMENTATOR: That is extraordinary!
Pure genius! Brilliant! I love that! Probably the greatest champion of
all time! Roger Federer is the man who, more than any other, knows how
to break the tape. And thanks to Boris,
Mac and Pat for that. So, can Roger put the "eight" into
"great", and make history today? So, in draw order, it's Cilic
against Federer ? Cilic has one Grand Slam title,
the 2014 US Open. And this is what they're playing
for - the Challenge Cup. It's made of silver gilt,
stands 18 inches high, As for the matter of prize money,
the winner will walk And looking ahead after the men's
final, there's a cracking mixed doubles final ? and it includes
a battle of Britain, as number one seeds Jamie Murray
and Martina Hingis face defending champions Henri Kontinen
and Heather Watson. It is an unbelievable feeling here,
almost every seat is taken, it must bring back memories for you, Boris?
Lots of memories, I was just thinking about how it was like when
I was 17 and 18, just those minutes before the final, when you want to
sink into the ground you're standing on because of the nerves. And Tim,
you were talking about Cilic, now, let's dissect Roger Federer, and you
have been talking about his serve putting people under pressure?
Again, Federer's is not the fastest serve, he's not serving the most
number of he's a, but it is the accuracy and variation. You can see
him here, down break point in the third set against Berdych. I mean,
that is just perfection in terms of hitting the spots and the corners
of. This is where Boris and Andrew and myself were having a guessing
game as to where he was going to serve, and we all got it wrong! I
said he was going out wide, and he went straight up the middle! It is
the foundation. He hits the spots to get himself out of trouble. Here,
you can see the accuracy. Those green areas are within 2ft of the
line. That's probably a bit generous for Federer, but you can see how
accurate he is. And the serve is really important, Boris? It is the
foundation of the game, and it puts a whole a lot of pressure on the
returner, because he knows, if he loses his serve, Roger is going to
hold, and win a set. The ball boys and girls coming out, everyone is so
excited, giving them a round of applause. And for the rest of the
tournament, we start at one o'clock, today, starting at two o'clock gives
people a bit of extra time to finish their lunch and their pins and
champagne. It is, the expectation is... There's your old sparring
partner, Boris! My old friend! And Chris Evert watching as well, the
place is full of former champions. So, the scene is set in this
special anniversary year. In 1927, the BBC produced
their first radio 80 years ago, the first television
pictures were beamed from here, and 50 years ago, the first colour
programme in the UK and Europe The BBC and Wimbledon is a special,
unique partnership, steeped in history, and always looking
to the future. It was a family tradition, Wimbledon
is sort of our Super Bowl. You could feel the tradition, the magic thing,
inside those gates. Walking through the gates, everything was so new. I
was in awe of the whole place, it was just amazing. Loved the court,
loved the atmosphere of the place, the ball, it was different.
Everything I am his because of these courts. I came here for one reason
only, to try to win Wimbledon. The waiting is over! It would be another
dream come true. The most beautiful thing is going to happen to someone
today. I think that's what is so special about this tournament, the
history and the tradition, the champions that have gone before.
Very much so. All these legends have played on this court. It really
changes your life, once you're called the Wilden champion, doors
will open that you never knew existed. And here is Marin Cilic,
passing on the very heavy tennis bag! I'm not sure what they carry in
there, their racquets, but our whole lot more as well. A lot of racquets,
a few changes of shirts, maybe another pair of shoes as well.
Different from any other match. Most matches, you walk onto the court
carrying your bag and your racquets, but here, it is down to the ball
boys and ball girls. It is quite away from the locker room is, these
men have worked a lot and played a lot over the last two weeks, so it
comes in handy! Did you ever talk to your opponent in the locker room?
Always try to avoid that. This little bit, just before you come
out, there's the awkward feeling when you look at each other, then
you don't, you do not get into deep conversation. The locker room is
down the corridor, down the stairs is the warm-up area. I saw Federer a
bit earlier, doing his stretches of. Coming out of the locker room now.
Getting ready to go out. Getting ready to go, and so they now do that
long walk, and Cilic looking at some of the great champions on the walls.
Going just past the members' balcony as well. In some ways, not carrying
your bag, you get used to it, it is almost like a comfort blanket? Yeah,
it is a new feeling, but Cilic, he must have been watching Federer,
because he won it seven times! It can be intimidating. Yes, it is a
nerve-racking time, the hour before must feel like four hours. Certainly
the minutes before, you're really ready to go, the match has been
called, the referee says, you're on. It is a long walk, as Boris said. I
think both players will be keen to get out on the grass, get a racket
in their hand and start hitting some balls. Just going past some of the
guests that will be going into the Royal Box. Just on the right is
where the trophies are. The famous Kipling saying, and out past the
honours board. A new experience for Marin Cilic, but Roger is looking so
relaxed, just another match. But it doesn't get easier, the importance
of it, you know how much it means to you. Obviously, he's in his 11th
final. TIM HENMAN: Standing ovation, and
they haven't even hit a shot! It never happened to me!
BORIS BECKER: I get goose bumps watching, talking about it, I get
excited. Imagine what these two players must feel. That is the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge taking their seats. All you respect to
Marin Cilic, he has earned his place in the final, but I think that
standing ovation was for Roger Federer. I think when he left
Wimbledon last year, everybody wondered whether that would be the
last time we would see him because of his knee injury. Very much so, I
think he would be the first to admit that he was not sure whether he
would come back or not. All the scheduling at the beginning of this
year has really worked out. He's the first one to leave his chair. Time
for the coin toss. In this year's men's singles final, it is the turn
of Place To Be. They have asked 11-year-old Lucas to do the coin
toss. It provides emotional and therapeutic services in schools
across the country, helping children to deal with bereavement and family
breakdown. It is a charity of which the Duchess of Cambridge is patron.
Interesting, making Federer wait a little bit. You would never have
done something like that, Boris. Never! I don't think it is going to
bother Roger anyway, is it? Gentlemen Hawk-Eye, as usual, when
you challenge, say something. This is hence, this is tales.
SUE BARKER: Big moment for Luca. Who's going to go home with a
magnificent photo to put on his bedroom wall. You can see how tall
Marin Cilic is, he is so much bigger than Federer. Cilic is 6ft 6ins,
he's got long arms and legs. That's why he can served so well, because
of the height. And we talked about Roger's injuries last year, but
Marin Cilic is saying this is the first time in six years that he has
been injury-free. It is always a challenge for the players. If you
said to the 128 men and 128 women at the start of the tournament, who is
100% healthy? You would not get many people raising their hands. It's
what you have to deal with, the stresses and niggles. But when you
get into the latter stages, playing best of five set matches, you've got
to be able to manage that. I think it was amazing that this time last
year, Federer was pretty much on one leg and he still should have got
through to the final, he really had an opportunity against Raonic. That
was when the questions started, is he going to be able to recover from
this? And he ended up taking six months off, and from January this
year, the rest is history. He has not clocked a set, and he did not
even drop a set in Halle, either. He's sublime at the moment, and the
question is, is he the best ever? I think so, because the competition
gets better every year. In order to stay on top, you have to improve
every year, therefore, my vote goes to Roger. This guy, Marin Cilic,
players fear him? TIM HENMAN: I think there is an
element of unpredictability. He's a bit erratic. He has had some poor
losses in the first five months of the year. But when he gets confident
and aggressive, that's when he's very, very dangerous. We saw it in
2014 when he won the US Open. That helps him here, having been in a
Grand Slam final before. And we saw how well he played at Queen's, where
had match points in the final against Feliciano Lopez. He would
have been disappointed to lose that, because Queen's in its own right is
a big tournament. He talked about it coming into this event, how he had
form and confidence and grass court tennis under his belt, and now he's
through to another final. And Tim has been talking about the
Cilic serve, the aces. A lot of cheap points. Yes and we don't count
the error causing the great serve. The opponent gets a look at the
serve. And it has to be strong. He is looking incredibly comfortable on
the grass. He is getting Bert and better with every round. Do you
think the first set is key? I think Federer is a good frontrunner, if he
gets up, the chances of Cilic coming back in four or five are less. If
you look back 10-15 years ago, if you were 6'6" you were abnormal in
terms of height and nine times out of ten you weren't a great mover but
now the big guys, Querrey the same and Cilic move incredibly well.
It'll give him the wingspan to return serve and the height to hit
the big, booming serve. He has had 14-and-a-half hours on court,
Federer nine hours and a tough match against Giles Muller but talking
about Federer, at the Australian Open when he came back, even he said
he didn't know you what to do but he won the three five-set matches. He
had been off for six months. He was talking about whether or not he
would be good enough. What an incredible six months he has had.
The whole year was geared towards Wimbledon. He wanted one more crack
at it. I don't think he was convinced he was in such good form
entering the tournament and now, six matches later, one more to go. Its
all about history as far Roger is concerned. He wasn't won since 2012.
And that's not good enough in Roger's book. Anyhow spoke to him in
the clay court season and asked him about his decision. He said in all
due respect I have won the French once, but at Wimbledon on grass, to
be seven and make it jump to eight is massive. He wanted to focus his
attention on to this event. He put himself right in the box seat for
the final. Now he has to deliver one more performance. 29 Grand Slam
finals. When we saw him here as a junior, he was good but, it is
incredible figures. Yes and counting. When he first played in
the Centre Court, peating Pete psalm -- beating Pete Sampras and nobody
knew he would have so many wins and into so many finals, the number is
mind boggling. The next gen coming up and a 35-year-old dominating
tennis, who would've thought that. He has been voted for 14 years in a
row, the most popular player. The crowds are going to be on Federer's
side. How do you see it going? I think Federer will pick it up but
maybe in four or five sets. I have to agree Federer in four. We have to
g players at the chair and time for Boris and Tim to make their way to
the commentary box and I hand over to Andrew Castle for this men's
final. ANDREW CASTLE: What anticipation
here. Centre Court full and here come our two finalists.
Hugh Grant and Chris Kermode, executive chairman and President of
the ATP. That was a bit tight. His first forehand of the match
wasn't brilliant. Bounced it before the net. Easy one there and put
himself in a spot of bother. As much as you can practise in the
days before, you cannot practise how it feels to be in a Wimbledon final.
Both players are nervous. Federer in his semifinal put Berdych
under a lot of pressure early on, electing to receive. It's paying off
here. He would've taken an opportunity to get to deuce and at
least threaten this Cilic serve. TIM HENMAN: On the line and directed
beautifully into Federer's body. That will be a relief for him and
his supporters' box. Friends, relatives and coaches all up there,
bound to be nervous, and so, too, Federer with a couple of misses that
you might not have expected. This is not necessarily going to be a
triumphant three-set victory for Roger Federer. You can't take
anything for granted. Well, that will bring joy to his
heart. The first serve repelled. I think he can turn around to, can't
he? A couple of dodgy forehands in the first game but that one really
executed, aggressive and early. Cilic will return the Federer serve
back more than any other player in the tournament. Roger knows that.
Which is Swiss German for ""Let's go." That's in the very first
service game. That's what is going on underneath this very calm
exterior. So held up there by the ball girl,
collecting the ball and makes his first double.
Only his 11th in the tournament in six previous matches.
UMPIRE: Mr Federer challenges the ball call on the right. The ball was
called in. If it is in, does he get the point or play a let? It is in,
they'll probably play two. UMPIRE: Let, first service.
Cilic not affected by that at all. There is a problem with the rule in
tennis. The call came after Cilic hit. Or barely hit the return. So
Federer will feel he had to win that point twice.
Both players taken to deuce in the opening service games. Federer can
exhale a little bit. But even after just eight minutes of the first set,
you can feel the intensity of both players.
The court was watered last night, after a very late-night finish, the
ball might be staying a bit lower than we have seen in this
tournament. It is a pretty damp day, humid, the board is not fly through
fast. Another hold for Cilic. ANDREW CASTLE: It was a very
late-night for the ground crew here. The doubles last night was
absolutely spectacular, if you missed it, too bad. Lukasz Kubot and
Marcelo Melo coming through a hard five setter. That was followed by
the women's doubles, which finished an awful lot quicker. This court
obviously gets chewed up just behind the baseline, just where they land
on serve. You can see those patches, it has always been thus, and every
year, it wears slightly differently. You're going to get a couple of
bounces which are not perfect on a grass court, it's part of the deal.
And there is no doubt, when you look at those worn patches these days,
with players coming to the net far less frequently, behind the baseline
is going to take a hammering. Grant just taking on towel due to --
duties, actually. BORIS BECKER: If you're up at the
old footage, the courts look far worse. I think overall, the courts
are in fantastic shape. That's going to be one of the key
shots in the game, Cilic's return on the Federer serve, especially on the
second serve. We always talk about how Federer
likes to make a fast start, get the early break, but it's check that's
posing a few problems. He doesn't serve many double faults,
Federer, he's served 12 in the tournament, two today. He's focusing
on pressing a bit harder on the second serve against an opponent who
he feels threatened by on the return.
And we have our first break point of this 2017 final, and it's Cilic's.
Jonas Bjorkman with the Hatton there. He likes that play. If you
see a second serve on a big point, climb on it, go for it. You've got
to make it! Put the ball back into play, at least!
Amazing how, even in the fourth game, these little points here and
there can have a huge impact on proceedings.
Roger Federer, hugely experienced, but it doesn't count for too much
when you have to go out there and do it again and again and again.
Sometimes he says he wants to go out there and lay as if he had no
experience at all, go out and play with the freshness of an
18-year-old, who hasn't made all those mistakes.
Since being break point down in the previous game, Federer has won four
straight points. It seems like Federer is slowing down the pace in
the last couple of rallies. No wonder the court has worn out,
he's bouncing the ball so many times, isn't he?
Oh, slimmed down, Cilic, and Federer manages to scamper across himself!
That could have been nasty for Marin Cilic, and Federer just managing to
get it up and over the net. Actually, is left him quite a lot to
do, didn't it? Federer just happy to get it back.
Taking the pace off it, forcing Cilic to generate the pace himself,
and he didn't look comfortable on that forehand. Six straight points
to Federer. And the pressure tells. First break
to Federer. Marin Cilic is not getting enough
first serves in, notably on that break point, but in previous games
as well. Perhaps a sign of nerves. Having had that break point, what
disappointment, almost got back into it, Tim? He did, he had a bad spell
there, losing six points in a row. Look where Federer is looking to
take the return, stepping in, looking to control it when he gets
the opportunity. A bit like when the opening goal goes in in goal, where
previously in not much was going on, Boris? At the start of the match,
it's always important to get your nose ahead a little bit. It's funny,
he looks up to him so much, but he's in the opposite coaching box to Ivan
Lubicic. I just feel conditions are a lot slower today. Federer likes to
win the points a lot faster, especially on the serve.
UMPIRE: Correction, the ball was good. Replay the point. It looks
pretty fast to me out there, Boris! Excellent overall from the umpire,
the first men's singles final for him.
It feels like Cilic wants to go for a bit too much now, slightly
overhitting the groundstrokes. Matches within matches, Federer, ten
of the last 12 points, from break point down. About to go up 4-2.
The former Swiss Davis Cup captain in there, and Ivan Ljubicic there,
the physical trainer and Miirka his wife and his agent. The normal crew
in the front row. Mum and dad here, too. I wonder if the two sets of
twins will make an appearance, if he wins today?
Federer had a little bit more freedom on the shot. He can break up
and take more chances. This time Federer from the serve,
went one step earlier, and the return went out. Beautiful.
Well, it was in the semifinal with Tomas Berdych, he was trying to make
this shot for about an hour. One was terrible. This ranges in now T
hardly got to the service line, one of the ones with Berdych but this
was perfection. He got the right club there? A 56 degree wedge? A lob
wedge. A bit of backspin. Physical felt like Cilic had a
chance it steady the ship up, 40-0 on serve. Back it deuce. -- back to
deuce. Cilic a little indecisive here.
Could've taken the ball out of the air.
UMPIRE: New balls, please. Federer leads 4-3, first set. Well, a bit of
sporting history for Marin Cilic as far as Croatia is concerned. Goran
Ivanisevic of course the winner in 2001. We won't talk about that and
the French Open champion in 1997 but nobody in Croatia has ever won two
of these major Championships. Others playing under the Yugoslav flag,
were also finalists. Pilic, as well, who I know you know well, Boris but
on the verge of his own sporting history, Marin Cilic. How do you
think he has settled, Boris? I think Federer is in better shape for the
moment. But the last service game was a bit more convincing even
though he had let a 40-0 slip back to deuce. They are having new balls
now, I think the slower conditions affect the Cilic game more than
Federer. They are eyes only for each other, there, the Duke and Duchess.
A beautiful royal box. Rod Laver, Michael McIntyre, Hugh Grant, Eddie
red main. Quite an occasion out There and Stefan Edberg there, with
his wife. A former champion here. So, serving with new tennis balls,
4-3. Federer playing with a bit more
freedom, unshackling his ankles and arms.
He is ranked world number 5 at the moment, despite being Australian
Open champion. Really hasn't played that much tennis. He did the
sunshine double. What is that, oh, Roger, greatest of all time." He
took the entire clay season off, came back and played Stuttgart. Then
won hchl alle, for the ninth time. . -- then won Halle, for the ninth
time. Without dropping a set. Chill has had a good grass court
season, having match point at Queen's Club against Lopez.
I did see one empty seat, it's up by gangway 311, but I haven't seen any
others. 14,999 in here. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Ripped it across court. And that gives him set point. 34
minutes played. The fist one was speedy. The second one...
A good serve from Cilic. He not only wants Federer to serve for the set
but if he were to lose this set, it would be better to be serving first
in the second. The serve percentage is not as good
for Cilic as it has been in the tournament, just about 50%. Even
worse on the second serve. Under the pressure.
UMPIRE: Let, first service. Cilic hasn't served an ace yet,
which indicates that Federer is seeing the direction that Cilic
wants to serve, early. UMPIRE: Game and first set, Federer.
36 minutes it's taken. Roger Federer takes another step towards history.
Of course, he is going for his eighth Wimbledon title. His 19th in
total. That would match Helen Wills Moody a great start of the '20s and
'30s. The break was key. Federer got there first but Cilic had his
chances as well, it has to be said, Tim? He did early on but on the
left-hand side, Cilic in the serving categories, less than 50% of first
serves going in. Coming into this match he was high 60s. Federer
getting too many looks at second serves. And we saw there, as Cilic
returned to his chair having lost the first set, he gave his racket a
massive smack on the chair. He is obviously frustrated with his
performance. And looking to try and show a little bit of emotion to get
back into the match. The first set is over, you can press the reset
button. It was a bit of an ordeal most of the time for Cilic. A couple
of misses early on which unsettled him. Yeah, you can tell the occasion
has got to him. So far he is playing in not a free and relaxed way. In
the first couple of games. Maybe it is good for him to get the
frustration and nerves out. He is not moving his legs and arms. He
almost looks like he is intimidated by the final. Bjorkman there, who
lost to his charge's opponent in the 2006 semifinal. I talked to Jonas
about that match because I was on the receiving end of a lesson from
Federer a couple of years prior to that. He said he was coming off the
court playing the best tennis of his life. He lost 2-0 in two and he said
he played well. -- He lost to love in two. Now
Federer wants to keep the momentum on his side.
Well, that will keep the momentum, won't it? Federer was serving 66%
first serves in for the tournament. Today 75% first serves. Finding the
mark. Peaking at the right time. That's what's been so amazing over
the years with this man, producing his best at the most important stage
of the tournament. The crowd would like to see a match here, Cilic is
going to have to up his game, or he's going to get thrown off this
Centre Court fairly fast. The first stage is to hold.
And his very first ace of the match here we go. 144 three is the fastest
this tournament. BORIS BECKER: That's what he needs -
quick points on his serve, to make this match competitive again.
He's falling apart a bit. TIM HENMAN: Not always easy when
you're a big man, if you're a bit nervous, one thing which does not
always work is your footwork, making those small steps.
ANDREW CASTLE: He's got to get those size 14s moving.
That's away as well, and this is difficult now, difficult to watch,
in some ways. A set and a break. It reminds me a little bit of the
women's final yesterday, where the first set was close, and then all of
a sudden, one of them starts swimming away. This man has been
hearing 11 times, he knows exactly what it feels like, on the winning
end and on the losing end. Now, he speeds up the game, he keeps the
points short. He sees that Cilic has made 13 unforced errors, he's got
the momentum, he wants to put his foot on the accelerator.
He needs to win these, doesn't the? He needs to win those exchanges.
Points won on second serve will be crucial today, because that
indicates who is winning from the back of the court. And the news on
that front is bad for Cilic. There's another important step that
goes with that Eddie Betts first serve percentage. If you're serving
on a very high level, you don't have to hit many second serves a. This
doesn't look promising. The tournament doctor and
physiotherapist are out there with him, and he seems to be very
emotional. The supervisor is there. He's clearly in terrible shape here,
and I had no idea that this was an ongoing situation, which it appears
to be. We hope he's OK. He had along four-setter with Sam Querrey, he had
a day to recover yesterday, but obviously, it was not enough, it
seems. I saw him holding his leg a couple of times in the first set,
and he did slip over at one stage. 14.5 hours on court is a lot of wear
and tear. Vincent, on the right-hand side, is his agent. We would hate
final to finish this way. We remember another shortened match
that he played in the Queen's final in 2012 against David Nalbandian.
You may remember David now banned in kicking one of the hoardings at the
side and striking the line judge. So, the medical team, the
supervisors, the tournament referee, it appears to be something that
everybody knew about. Federer is ready to play.
Wonderful scenes, the crowd is giving Cilic a standing ovation.
Federer obviously observing the situation. I'm sure he doesn't know
what's going on with Cilic. Is it possible that he just took
such an emotional hammering in that first set and was just disappointed?
You can react in all sorts of ways, I wouldn't have thought so, but...
It must be physical, mustn't it? Groundstrokes, down in speed. You
can get quite wound up over the course of six matches and two weeks
when you're trying to achieve a career ambition. No hint of an
injury, and they didn't stay there for the medical time-out.
BORIS BECKER: On this Centre Court, you have to show your true
character. Oh, that will do! And that's what you've got to do to get
out of a service game! Serve-volleying a lot, keeping the
points short, demonstrating a lovely touch there. He found some dexterity
as well, with a bit of luck, he'll be OK. He's bouncing up and down
like he means it now. So, as we continue to monitor what
the problem is with Marin Cilic, we have just had a medical team and the
referee and the supervisor all out at the same time, let me get a
couple of silly numbers out of the way on the Roger Federer career. He
played his 42nd Grand Slam semifinal against Tomas Berdych on Friday.
This is the 29th time that he's been in a Grand Slam final, he's won 18
of those. And he's lost ten. The only person who has managed to best
him in one of these finals, the only three players are Novak Djokovic and
del Potro. It is an amazing record. It's very difficult to tell now what
was going on with Cilic, there was no medical time-out. Maybe he has
just gone through an emotional roller coasters, that's what this
court does to you come there is no hiding place! You can't say, I don't
feel so good! Millions of people all over the world are watching right
now. Everybody in Croatia are on their feet! You want to make all of
these people proud of you. And he should, he's done so well so far. I
just hope for him that he gets back into the swing of things.
Looks like he's recovered a little bit. Got his feet on the ground
again. Dad Robert in the front row and mum
Lynette right behind him. Must be so proud.
They weren't so proud when he used to throw his racket around in junior
tournaments, until he calmed down a bit. They said he was a family
embarrassment and they weren't going to drive him around!
Federer not letting Cilic have anything to hold on to 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 him and Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, they will not let
an opponent who is suffering away. And that sounds rude, but it is the
nature of the sport. There is one winner and one loser, you don't have
draws in tennis. UMPIRE: Mr Federer challenging the
call on the left, far side line. The ball was called out.
Mr Federer has two challenges remaining. Federer will be awhich
are that he just has the one break of serve between him and Cilic at
the moment. Two would mean the set, pretty much.
The fastest serve of the match, 135 miles per hour. Federer, sticks out
a racket and comes out with interest. -- 134. The fastest serve
of the tournament. Cilic just walking around in front
of our commentary box, the one thing you would say, at times in his
career, how well he has dealt with the nerves, looking completely lost
out there. UMPIRE: Let, first service.
His opponent not helping things. Well, whether or not he needed a
doctor, medical attention and the referee and supervisor, we really
cannot tell, he started crying just a few minutes ago. It is a horrible
situation, you want the ground to open up and swallow you in
situations like this. Very, very difficult. He is getting hammered,
bottom line, he is getting hammered. Hour played and about to go two sets
down. Set point set set for a 2-0 sets
lead. UMPIRE: Game and second set, Federer. And that's that.
New balls, please. Well, the doctor and physio are out once again.
Earlier on this year, he came back from 2-0 sets, he has done it a few
times in his career. He did it against a Polish player. But to come
back on Centre Court against Federer from two sets down, would seem
unusual. He is clearly upset, still. And somebody diligent and marvellous
has just handed me a piece of paper. Thank you very much. The last time
we saw a retirement - anti-inflammatories going in - a
retirement in the final of Wimbledon was 1911, Herbert Roper Barrett
retired after Anthony Wilding. . Bet you didn't know that, Tim? ? Well,
if you had asked me I would have told you. I didn't need anyone to
tell me Well, maybe that's the reason why the front foot kicked up.
That's not unusual, tennis players' feet are some of the most horrible
things on earth. Second serve points won, Federer,
100%, Tim? Again, we pointed out Cilic's problems with his serve in
the first set. We have to highlight Federer's sensational display. Eight
out of ten first serves finding the mark. When it goes in, 86% of those
points are won, and 100% behind the second serve.
A number of times this week when players have had their niggles and
pains. Obviously nobody wants to talk about it. But nowadays we see
it. UMPIRE: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Cilic is receiving a medical
time-out. Well, one of the features at the first week of the
Championships was when a player said he took a medical time out as a
matter of strategy. He said the match was not going his way, he went
into the press conference afterwards and admitted that but when that
happens, you should keep quiet about it but no suggestion at all other
than Marin Cilic is injured and possibly extremely upset. And
Federer won't back off, even for a second here. The doctors working on
him. And another Dr Watching on. David Tennant. Not in the Royal Box.
We will find later on who the 13th Dr Who is going to be. It might be a
female. We will see. That's after this men's final. Now most viewers
are probably surprise to see ankles and feet like that but I promise
you, 80% of the players have their feet and ankles taped up and...
Boris, we have a member of the committee here, we must ask him what
we are going to do with guys who go out on the court because the prize
money that is so sensational. There are some guys who went out on the
court in the first week and they were taking first-round prize money,
Djokovic and Federer played opponents who didn't look like they
were going out there with a chance of winning, ?35,000 to lose in the
first round what are we going to do? Not looking like they had a chance
of winning and not looking like they had a chance of finishing the match.
It is something that is going to be trialled on the tour, where a couple
of times a year where if you are on site and you get injured beforehand
you can take a portion of your prize money and pull out so you can let a
lucky loser take your place so we can have a competitive match. But it
is almost like the Grand Slams have been a victim of their own success.
They have built up the prize money on left-hand side of the draw, to
support the men and women trying to further their careers. It is not
cheap travelling around the world to pay your way, but not good for the
tournament when you have six or seven people pull out and don't
compete the matches. And we televised the qualifying for
Roehampton, which I hope we will do again. If you want to see energy,
dedication and commitment, it was on hand there. Any of them would've
been happy to have taken these ailing players' position on the
tour. There we are the Duke and Duchess there. The Duchess the
patron of the All England Tennis Club, taking over that position from
the Queen. UMPIRE: Time. Everyone hoping that Marin Cilic is OK. Well,
if you need an explanation of what went on, he has a problem with his
foot and couldn't walk on it. The last time somebody managed to
come back from two-sets down in a Wimbledon final to win, it was in
1927, the year of the first BBC Broadcast. Let's just hope for the
sake of the final and the spectators that it'll be more of a match now.
Exactly the piece of grass where Marin Cilic fell over. We talked
about Cilic's return position coming into this match. He's standing a lot
further back and then being very aggressive. The problem when you
stand a long way back, it gives your home and the opportunity to get
closer to the net if they serve and volley.
The Cilic forehand is always the week 01. He takes more chances on
it. -- always the weaker one. It's good to let it out. Focus on tennis
again, and concentrating on putting the ball in play.
A certain amount of turmoil in the Croatian's head. He's a bit
embarrassed. Only one hour and 11 minutes, and he's disappointed with
himself so far. But that's in the past. You can only
change the present. Federer doesn't make it easier for
him, obviously. You feel at this stage, every point
is hard to come by for Cilic. Trying to keep himself in this third set
and the match. May be the best shot of the match so
far. He got his man. A couple of gutsy Quins, better
points from Cilic. 0-30 to 40-30. -- a couple of gutsy points.
Those size 14s just don't want to move.
And Federer doesn't make it easier for you. Getting the ball back in
play, making his opponent always get one more shot.
Oh, he can't do anything, can he? He has only made 40 out of 71st serves,
so many unforced errors... Centre Court against Federer in a
Wimbledon final, it's too much of an ask at the moment for Cilic.
Many a player has stepped out on the grass courts of Wimbledon, the
Centre Court, and found it difficult.
Six foot six, stretch the arm up, get up there, smack it, and then sit
down 2-1 up. Yes! Good boy. What a relief!
Rod Laver. All of these great champions looking on. This man won
or four Grand Slam championships in the first year, first as an amateur
in 62, then professional in 69. He won 11 Grand Slam championships, but
he was denied five full years of winning more slams. He would have
picked up 21 Grand Slams. They were all on grass those days. Roger
Federer is the first to admit that Rod Laver, had he been playing for
those five years, he'd have probably reached 18 or 19. Stefan Edberg with
six, Roger Federer now on 18. The most of any player, Margaret Court
with 24. They' -- there was Steffi Graf in 88, and the Olympic gold
medal in Seoul. We could the German slam -- the golden slam. It's very
difficult to compare generations. Obviously, we call Roger Federer the
gold. We mention what Labour in the same breath. -- Rod Laver.
Cilic can't get it going. He can't get any rhythm on the return. Too
many unforced errors, even on Federer's second serve. We see him
dancing around at the back of the court.
You normally see that at the beginning of the match, when you are
trying to get your feet working, but less likely to see it in the third
set. The first thing that those is the
movement. -- that goes. Is it me or is it getting a little
darker? I'm afraid to say that the weather forecast isn't great. But
lets see what happens. You never know, with these forecasts. Rain
delays against a Croatian! Of course! Happy memories.
Not to worry, we have a roof now the matches.
Just towards the end of your career, it slowed down.
The first serves is improving a little bit. A couple more free
points. He needs every one of these just to make it a match.
I don't think he has any idea where his forehand goes. I hate to say it.
He has had it hitting the net quite a lot today.
Plenty of opponents, as we were saying, found it difficult going in
the final. Tomas Berdych came n having beaten, Djokovic and Federer
in 2010 and looked a little overawed in his final against Rafael Nadal
but Leighton Hewett in 2002, that was embarrassing for Nalbandian that
year, there is nothing embarrassing to get to the Wimbledon final but to
be that one-sided, you feel disappointed. I remember Nalbandian
was allowed to practise on Centre Court leading up to one final. He
hasn't played on it. But it didn't seem to be much difference. Quickly
beaten. Have you ever had a final when you came off and went - that's
no good Well the last four, all of them weren't that good but I had
never a final that was straight sets, easy. But we keep saying it,
it is, on Sundays, this court, the Wimbledon final, it is a frightening
place. There is no two ways about it. You
either love it or you don't. This scenario we have seen before,
Cilic works so hard to hold serve. Saved break points, 50 seconds
later, Federer at 40-0. A reminder that the mixed doubles
final follow this men's singles final.
Jamie Murray playing with Martina Hingis, and Heather Watson on the
other side. Two two Britons. UMPIRE: Mr Cilic challenges the
call. The ball was called out. Call stands. Mr Cilic has two challenges
remaining. You just knew it. Federer had gone
the wrong way. And if the rain is going to come, it needs to come
quickly for Marin Cilic. As Roger Federer closes in on Championship
number 8. And another forehand error hits the
net. Federer, two games away, two sets a and a break up in this
Championship match of Wimbledon 2017.
Well, let's see what is going on with the weather outside. It is
certainly clouding and at the moment heavy cloud. A few spots on the
camera lens. You can see the rain coming down in the distance. Marin
Cilic could be six or seven or eight minutes away from losing this match.
Incidentally, let me update you on some juniors here. The Spanish
player has won the junior boys' single. A great effort. Four players
have gone on from the junior Championship to win the senior
Championship, Borg, Edberg Cash and the man in your picture. No
guarantee of success if you win it, but it is likely. So Fokina has
beaten Geller. What is this man thinking right now? Roger? Yes. Hold
serve. One at a time. Collect the cheque.
It looks inevitable at the moment, but he has to get the job done. 4-3.
It's been a long time since he lifted this trophy, in his term,
five years. Connor s had to wait eight years when his two
Championships. -- between his two Championships.
Some subtlety at last from Marin Cilic, it comes off. But it only
brings him back to 30-15 down. Up 6-3, 6-1, 4-3, you know, still,
how intensed and focussed Federer is. And you've got to be. So much
can happen on the way to holding. A year ago he lost his Championship, a
heart broken man. -- he left this Championship, a heart broken man.
Everybody doubted him - is he ever going to come back? Is he going to
come back playing well? Well, 12 months later, he is answering
everybody. Cilic had 30 aces coming in here.
That's only his third of the match. I think all Cilic can do at this
point - ask the ultimate question. UMPIRE: Game, Cilic. New balls,
please. Oh, Federer would've loved that. He knew it was coming, the new
balls. That's what he was after. That's why he changed his racket.
Knowing he would be playing for these new tennis balls. Saving them
for the Championship. How does that feel? A beautiful ring. He had to
wait five long years. Grass was his likely surface to win the majors. He
has won seven. He is on the verge of history. No man has won eight titles
here. That's the one. The trophy will be presented,
perhaps, after this next service game from Roger Federer, who
attempts to win Wimbledon number 8, without dropping a set. In the
Australian Open he achieved that in 2007 but never at Wimbledon. This is
the moment he finds the most fragile today. He is human. There is a
beating heart underneath. He does feel the occasion now. Cilic has
forgotten to take out a new racket, as is his want when the new balls
come into play. Concentration has been difficult for him today. So,
here we go then. Federer serving for the Championship.
The vulnerability that Boris Becker was talking about. He has hardly
missed one of those for the previous hour and 39 minutes.
Just thinking and taking it point by point.
When Cilic has got the ball into play in this game, he's won the
point. What a player! What a 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.
Fitting that it was ace number eight in this final match to bring him his
eighth championship. Great players watching on, and they shake their
heads in disbelief at the standard he produces.
And isn't it absolutely amazing, bats, right after Rafa Nadal wins
the French Open for the tenth time without dropping a set, this partner
of his that has elevated the game, Roger Federer, now wins a
record-breaking eighth Wimbledon. There is a lovely symmetry. Who
writes these boys' scripts? It's unbelievable. Six months ago, as you
said -- if you set to the tennis fraternity, that Federer was going
to come back, only play two slams and win them both, you get pretty
long odds. One feels for Marin Cilic. Very much so. He should be
proud of his performance. He played extremely well. Obviously today,
maybe too much for the occasion, but nothing wrong. One day, you will be
holding up these trophies. I think the children have made an
appearance, and that always delights Roger, of course. Yet they are, Mila
and Charlene will be nine this month. Leo and Lenny just turned
three and it looks like they have got matching blazers and white
trousers, dressed to impress. Two girls and two boys here to watch the
old man playing a bit of tennis on a Sunday afternoon. He's going to get
emotional on us again, isn't he, Roger? Do you remember when he first
won this, with victory over mark Philippoussis in 2003? You see how
tightly wound tennis can be, when he first won it. Thoughts go back to
his first coach, Peter Carter, taken in a car accident, and how much he
contributed to Roger's game and his personal and emotional development.
Time now for the trophy presentation for the gentleman 's singles, please
welcome onto Centre Court, the president of the All-England tennis
club, his Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, and Martin Corrie, president
of the Lawn Tennis Association. First, please show your appreciation
for the. -- for the umpire. Damian
Demoussoir. And next, the Championships referee,
Andrew Jarrett. Now, the runner-up. Marin Cilic.
CHEERING And the Wimbledon champion of 2017,
Roger Federer! CHEERING
Marin, I think everybody feels for you. It's never easy playing with an
injury, but you bravely battled on. That's what I did throughout my
career, never gave up when I started a match. That was my idea today. I
gave my best, and that's all I could do.
CHEERING I can see that it's obviously very
emotional for you but just come on behalf of everybody, what a
wonderful tournament you've had, and you can be so proud of that.
Definitely, an amazing journey here. I played some of the best tennis of
my life, and I want to thank my team.
APPLAUSE And, of course, to all my fans in
Croatia. It was really tough today, and I gave it all. I'm hoping for me
that I'm going to come back here and try it one more time. I'm sure you
will. Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen, Marin Cilic!
First of all, a comment about Marin, because obviously really tough.
You've played with injuries. To do it on such a big occasion, it's so
hard to take. It's cruel sometimes, but he fought well, and he's a hero.
Congratulations on a wonderful tournament, Marin. And you should be
really proud. This is such a special occasion, to play in a finals, and
it's as good as you can get. A wonderful tournament. Sometimes you
just don't feel great in the finals. It's cruel, but be proud of
yourself, and I hope we can play down the road some better ones. Well
done. For you, Roger, a great tournament, and it's been a great
year since you took six months. You seem to be getting better and
better. I've got to take more time off! I'll be gone for the next six
months. I'm not sure if it's going to work out this fantastic every
time I come back. Better than holding the trophy and winning
today, I guess, is just being healthy. It feels great at it means
the world to me. We worked so hard last year. To be back here, feeling
great and holding a trophy now, and the tournament that I played, not
dropping a set, it's magical. I can't believe it yet.
CHEERING It's too much, really. Now, we have
to talk records, because you won your first Grand Slam here. Over the
years, you've been breaking other champions' records, but now you have
your own record. The eighth Wimbledon title, the only man in the
history of Wimbledon to ever win it eight times. Yeah, it's...
CHEERING Yeah, I mean, I guess again it's
disbelief, that I can achieve such heights. I wasn't sure if I'd ever
be here again in another finals, after last year, and I've had some
tough ones, losing to Novak in 14 and 15. But I was believed I could
maybe come back and do it again. If you can believe, you can go really
far in your life, and I did that and I'm happy that I kept on believing
and screaming. And here I am today. It's fantastic. -- believing and
dreaming. And I know what it means to you also to play on this court.
It means the world to you, and the fans have showed their appreciation
for everything you've done over the years. Such a special court. So many
legends have marked this court, the women's game, the men's game,
doubles, mixed, you name it. To be here today with Marin and
celebrating tennis, in a way, it's very special. From day one to finals
day, Centre Court is always packed, and we the players appreciate that
so much. It's a dream to play gay, and I hope it wasn't my last match
and I hope I can come back next year and tried content for the title. --
it's a dream to play here. When you won in 2012, your girls were there.
Now your boys are there. I know! They have no clothes what's going
on. -- they have no clue. They think this is probably a nice playground,
but it's not quite like that here. Hopefully one day they'll
understand. But it's very special. And do your girls enjoyed watching
you play? They enjoyed watching a little bit. They come for the
finals, I guess! But it's a wonderful moment for us as a family,
and I'd like to thank my team. Everybody is amazing. To Marin's
team as well, you guys worked so hard. But this one is for us. Thank
you, everybody. Thank you, Switzerland. And we say thank you to
you as well. Ladies and gentlemen, Wimbledon champion Roger Federer!
CHEERING COMMENTATOR: And the two girls are
probably slightly offended, because they know exactly what's going on,
but the boys clearly don't. Wonderful. The traditional photo
call taking place in front of the royal box. And a couple of layers of
photographers behind a rope. And these are the pictures that will be
beamed out around the world. They go around so quickly now, this
wonderful image. Not hard to see why this is the world's most marketable
athlete he speaks so well, and he plays so beautifully. Records seem
to fall every time he to the court. Who would have thought the
floodgates would open here at Wimbledon, in terms of his success?
-- every time he to the courts. He beat Bjorkman and Sampras in 2001 on
this very court. The match against Sampras heralded the start of
something special. But he lost in the next year in the first round.
Seeded in the top ten. From that point on, Philippoussis and Andy
Roddick on two occasions, Rafa Nadal and Murray at all succumbed to this
man. Only Djokovic has beaten him in the final. Djokovic and Nadal in
2008, one of the greatest matches of all time. -- of all time. Marin
Cilic has nothing to be embarrassed about. He's been outplayed by quite
possibly the best male player that has ever lived. His parents are
bound to be very proud of him. But this is Roger's stage, as so often
in the past. He must have a house to keep them all in, he has won so many
tournament titles, 93 in total. Over $90 million in prize money, probably
ten times that in endorsements. The chairman of the All England Club is
with Marin Cilic. A player who has won and lost many times himself, so
he will understand. It's a men's tournament which looked
like Roger Federer's to win or lose for some time as leader after Andy
Murray was unable to give of his best. Djokovic retired against Tomas
Berdych. And really, he does conduct affairs. Michael great musician,
it's remarkable to see how many people succumb to this man is
tennis, it is a devastating thing to watch, because it is a devastating
thing to watch, because it rather beautiful at the same time as being
quite violent. And he now joins Helen Wills Moodie,
who was such a global celebrity at 19 Grand Slams. Records continue to
tumble, slightly ominous the fact that he said he was HOPING to be
back next year! We very much hope that he IS! Steffi Graf has won 22
Grand Slams, Serena Williams 23, and she will surely be back after the
birth of her first child. Martina Navratilova was playing out on
court, still loving the game in the seniors doubles, and Chris Evert
meanwhile looks on. As Roger Federer pulls one ran slam ahead. It's not
just about the records, though, it's the joy with which he goes about his
business. Generous words for Marin Cilic, this year's beaten finalist,
joining a long list of others. So, there we are a, a reminder that
as this court gets a little bit of a clean-up job done, and they replaced
the net with the doubles met, I will remind you that the mixed doubles
final is ahead, and it's going to be a good one. Jamie Murray and Martina
Hingis, seeded number one. After an hour and 41 minutes, the agents, the
parents, Mirka, who has been alongside what a for so many of his
triumphs. And, you know, he has only lost a couple of matches this year.
Tommy Haas in Stuttgart and one in Dubai. That's it. He's winning
everything, again, he's 35 and shouldn't be! He could be playing in
the seniors events here! It was up this point last year that he took
six months off after losing to Milos Raonic, just to rest his injuries
and freshen up. He said he was playing well, rested and confident
ahead of his semifinal. Well, he certainly was. Andy Murray, unable
to defend the Championship, or actually give his best in sets four
and five, despite trying in determined fashion. Andy Murray, we
await news and hope that he's going to be OK going forward. Medical
tests no doubt being carried out on him. Andy Murray remains the world
number one player as far as the computer is concerned civil Roger
Federer has won two of the first three Grand Slams this year. Once
again it's Roger Federer as champion of Wimbledon, also the Australian
Open champion, Rafa Nadal winning a tenth at the French. A feast of
tennis this year for that great champion to enjoy, Rod Laver. And
that's it from the men's singles Championship at Wimbledon. Marin
Cilic did not really do himself justice out there, we will find out
more about that, as we celebrate the one and only Roger Federer.
SUE BARKER: An eighth Wimbledon title, the record of being the first
man to hold eight in the history of the Championships is not lost on
Roger. That's what drives him now, the pursuit of glory, to break these
records. And this is his home, Centre Court - he loves it and we
love watching him out there. Roger Federer, champion yet again. His
eighth Wimbledon, his 19th ran slam title. Tim and Boris have made their
way up from the commentary box. Probably not the match we expected
and maybe not the way Bodger would have liked to have won it, but you
have to feel sorry for Marin Cilic? That's right. It will be interesting
to hear what he says after the match. At this moment in time, if I
had to guess, I think he was overcome with the emotion of the
whole event. Laying six matches to get through to the final, there's
obviously the big build-up, and he's played some great tennis, to play
Federer in a Wimbledon final is the ultimate challenge, and I felt, for
the first 10-15 minutes, we have a real match on our hands, he had
break point, he was aggressive from the baseline. He was looking to take
his opportunities, and then suddenly, within about ten minutes,
Federer got the break point and the break of serve and started to run
away with things. In the second set, to see him breaking down at the
change of ends, it was sad to see other book it was tough to watch.
And when he finally got the trainer out, Boris, it was obviously an
injury that he has carried onto the court, and that's awful? Yeah, Marin
Cilic is one of the most respected players in the locker room, he never
retired from the match, he finish it. He found a way to finish but it
was heartbreaking. He was crying. The whole of Croatia was crying with
him at that moment. You wanted to see a proper match, because he had
played so well in the Championship. Roger, of course, wanted to win the
match, but not like this. He wanted to have more of a proper match.
Let's take a look at some of the points. We noticed that about
halfway through the first set, he wasn't hitting the ball as hard,
about six miles per hour less, and he stopped moving? That's it. He was
gesticulating about his footwork or lack of it. When you're a big guy,
suddenly when you're nervous, the footwork can struggle. He wasn't
making those little small adjusting steps that you need on any surface,
let alone a grass court. The unforced errors went up. He hit a
good serve there and looked to dominate the point, but just finding
the net. More and more errors came, especially from the forehand side.
At this stage in the match, he was just making life more and more
difficult for himself. Another one here, at 15-30 in the third set,
already down two sets. It will be interesting to see and hear what he
has to say after the match. But there's no doubt he will be bit
silly disappointed with his performance. And how emotional he
was as well. When he sat down, I think it all poured out, because he
just knew, I'm not going to win this match playing this way? No, he
really wanted to hide. Wimbledon is the loneliest face in the world if
you are in that state of mind. It is very sad to see. But there's no
hiding place. Eventually you have to continue on your own merit. He got
the doctor out I will be interested to find out what they were
discussing. But I felt that he really hurt his foot, a big list,
early in the first set. There is not much the doctor can do. He will have
a super trainer in his team who will have done everything to make that as
good as it could be, and I think that is what hit him - I have given
myself every chance to make this injury work, and it hasn't worked.
That's right. You're looking over your shoulder for your team-mates,
but you're playing an individual sport, you're playing against
Federer, that's man combat. Was always going to be very difficult,
because you've got to have that clarity of thought. If he's
struggling with an injury, if he's really emotional on the court, then
the last thing he'll be able to think about is where he is going to
hit his spots on the serve, how he is going to control things from the
back of the court. And it went very quickly. The first two sets were
done in the. You can't just leave the court to slow things down.
Before he was able to regroup at the start of the third, the damage had
been done. You know what it's like to be the champion, to have that
lovely walk around the court and let the fans take your photo, it must be
the proudest moment? It is great and I think it is important. Because
ultimately, we play for the fans, we don't know who's watching at home,
we can only feel the atmosphere on Centre Court. Those people coming to
support you, they deserve that moment and it is a wonderful
tradition at this tournament. And also, this means so much to Roger,
because that was in some ways his motivation to come back, to try and
break these records? Yeah, and for me, his clarity of thought, the
decisions that he's made going back 12 months ago, his knee obviously
wasn't right when he lost in the semifinals, he consulted with his
team and spoke to the doctor and they said, you need three months to
get this right. He said, well, three months is going to take me post-US
open, I might as well write a whole year off to give myself a chance.
And then he comes back, hits the ground running to win Australia,
Indian Wells and Miami as well. But then to say, no clay-court season,
people were questioning that. The difference between one or two French
opens, and the difference between seven and choke Wimbledons is
absolutely massive. You could say, you're putting all your eggs in one
basket, but it has worked out quite well! We were waiting for Roger to
appear, but he has to do the interviews for the other nations,
and he speaks so many languages, that he has been in the for many
minutes, but you can't tie of this, can you? I think the chairman was
going to make sure that he had a chat as well! I think the press
conferences now will last longer than the match! He wants to give
everybody that time! Those are the moments you dream about as a little
boy. When you grow up, I'm sure he had his heroes winning Wimbledon,
and one day, to have your name One-time on the board is
life-changing, to have it eight times, I can't even imagine what
it's like. Pointing out William Renshaw, Goran Ivanisevic, the only
Croatian to have won the Championships before. Thanks for
reminding me of that, Sue! I think the chairman was just pointing out
that it's William Renshaw who was the other man to have seven titles,
along with Pete Sampras. This is where the history of Wimbledon comes
out, which Hameed metres not happen at the other Grand Slams, the
routine that they have here, the honours board as you walk on and
then you go up to meet even the Royal Box, and then out to display
the trophy to the fans outside. Very much so, and the Royal Box is called
so because you have royalty sitting there, and that's what makes the
tournament so prestigious, so special. All the Majors are
important. But this is, we call it the big daddy of them all. It
certainly is! And voted by the public, for the 14th consecutive
year, the most popular player on tour. This is not just the British
public, its global. It is amazing. It is incredible to see him when he
plays around the world, because innocence, every game is a home
game, because the support he has is absolutely incredible. I think
that's Mirka. And his mother's there as well. They're very much a team,
Tim? They are an amazing team and it's a big entourage, with four
children travelling around the world, the coach, the trainer. It
really is a team effort. And don't forget Dad as well! At the end of
the day, he wants to be able to focus on his preparation and
performance, and he couldn't do that without all the support of his team.
It is a really good point. Roger says, if Mirka gets tired of
travelling, Roger will stop. Manuel Santana, Rod Laver, who has a very
close bond with Roger Federer. Everybody wants to shake his hand.
We saw is Royal Highness, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Roger always talked about how Stefan Edberg inspired him as a youngster.
Yes, he definitely brought another attacking element to his game,
looking to get the net a bit more. Tim Phillips, the former chairman,
and his wife Elizabeth. Everybody wants to congratulate him. We saw
just going out of the picture Tony God 's his agent and friend. Is that
the easiest job in the world? Yes, it's important that people know
that. Stefan, give it back! Stefan helped him a lot. In some ways, he
wanted him to come forward and be more attacking, as he was. He was 14
or 15 when he played the final against Novak. -- it was 14 or 15.
We always felt that Roger in the last couple of years was playing too
much from the baseline, and Stefan Edberg convinced him, such a good
volley, why don't you take advantage of it? Who's that, Tim? It's my mum
and dad, crashing the action! They know him well as well. We just saw
Roger Taylor. Everybody just wants to say well done to this great
champion. This is a historic moment, but it's the moment that's going to
delight the fans. They had a long wait.
Another beautiful piece of tradition. And look at the fans the
other side, trying to get through, and they are being stopped. I've
never seen Wimbledon so busy. Maybe the weather or something, coming to
see a little bit of history made, but thousands of people in the
grounds. A lot of people have been watching on the hill and some of the
outside courts. I think they used the screens to let people watch the
action on Centre Court. When you see that many people coming out to get a
glimpse of the champion, it's definitely a special atmosphere. And
it's wonderful that come on court, he said he wants to come back. And
you just have a feeling he may come back even better. Last year we were
not so sure, this year it's convincing. He finished the
tournament is on his own terms. Tennis needs him for a couple more
years. He is so invested with the game. He has the biggest following
of any sportsman in the world, not just tennis. He talked about his
family, and you've been around the house ear. He is a dad. Yes, he is.
It's amazing how he's able to keep the balance, because he also knows
he's got to make sure he's doing all the necessary things and, as you get
older, it doesn't get easier. But the attention to detail with his
training, the stretching, to make sure that when he's on court he is
able to move as fluidly as he does, it's going to be interesting, I
think. We've reflected on the previous 12 months. Waving as he
goes back to the locker room. It's going to be interesting to see what
happens in the next 12, 24 months, even the next 36. How long is he
going to... Again, the popularity with all the staff around the
courts. Mary Joe Fernandez there. And their children.
I think we have two players watching this secretly somewhere, one is
called Murray, one is called Djokovic. Last year, it was the
other way round. I believe these players take it as an incentive and
a motivation to come back. He's not going to let us go any further.
That's for sure! Roger is in the safety of the locker room with his
eighth Wimbledon title. Well done, Roger. Today has been all about the
numbers game, with Roger Federer creating history and putting eight
into great, but the question now is, who is number 13?
BIRDSONG AND FOOTSTEPS .
There you go, Jodie Whittaker, the 13th Doctor Who. That's just been
announced. It's all about numbers here. We've talked about Roger
Federer with his 19th Grand Slam title, his eighth Wimbledon title.
We've still got tennis to come on that famous court, with a wonderful
mixed doubles match to look forward to, with British players on either
side of the net, Jamie Murray and his partner, Martina Hingis, the one
seed up against Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson. That will be in
about 20, 25 minutes. There will be a bit of a break. I mean, I'd love
to talk to you about the mixed doubles, because it's lovely for
British tennis, but will the crowd know who to cheer for? I thought you
were going to ask me about Doctor Who and I was nervous! It's a great
way for the tournament to come to a conclusion. Hingis and Murray, a new
championship. They party dropped games. Yes, they've been impressive.
And it's good to see Kontinen and Watson back in the final. Should be
a good atmosphere. I enjoyed playing it and I love watching it talking
about Roger Federer and how good he was, he faced a break point, and
then he saved that. He was just playing some superhuman tennis in
that first set. After the first ten, 15 minutes, where he was finding his
feet, he started to relax and get his arms moving. Then there is no
stopping him. He started control Centre Court, controlling the tempo
of the rallies. Running from left to right, and the outcome became
obvious. He seemed to be hitting the ball harder and harder. One thing
he's been doing on passing shots is not always looking to go for the
winner with the first shot, especially against a big player.
He's going straight down the middle. For some of these guys, it's much
simpler to lunch to the side rather than get out of the way. You see the
way he has picked his way through the draw, playing five tie-breaks
and winning them all. When it's been tight, he's been able to raise his
level. The standout moment was against Milos Raonic, and he hit
five forehand winners. I thought Berdych deserve a lot of credit and
he played fantastic tennis with no real reward. He hung in and was able
to impose her game. But Federer dextran gears. He has only lost two
matches and, in those, he had match points. This is almost superhuman.
We can't emphasise enough the very fact of the record he's broken.
Talking about tough competition, he is pretty much younger, everybody is
pretty much younger than him, but he finds ways to win and do it
consistently, week in, week out, on every surface apart from clay. You
think, where is he going to go now? We thought it was impossible to get
a team, but now he has done 18 and 19 back-to-back. Will it be 20? You
wouldn't bet against it. How difficult is it to maintain that
level year after year? We are going to back to the early 2000s. I think
his wife and kids and the family background is his supporting base.
He couldn't do what he does without them, and he is the first to embrace
that. Maybe the struggle with some of the other players if they are
trying to please everybody, but Roger has found the perfect timing,
when he is a tennis player, when he is a family man. That is the real
reason he is still so successful. We have seen how much effort the
players have to put in with training, we've seen it with Murray,
Djokovic, Nadal told how does Federer find the time? He is putting
as many hours, if not more. Sometimes when Federer goes out on
court, he makes it look so easy. The technique is effortless. People take
for granted the training that he does. He is as meticulous. At the
age of 35, he knows what works for him. I have seen him around the
locker room is, doing the different exercises for his lower back, which
he can struggle with. You can also struggle with his shoulder, with all
of the serving. Fundamentally, I think Boris is right with the family
live, but also he loves what he does. When he's out on court, when
he's practising... I saw him practising with Berdych. He was
having so much fun out there. This is his hobby, not his job. If it
stays this way, there is no reason why he can't keep playing. I don't
want to put a time frame on it. We were talking about the Olympics in
Rio, oh, he's going to stop after that. Well, I think we need to check
where the next few Olympics are going to be! Won in 2012 here, so to
go so long without a Grand Slam title, it would be very easy to walk
away. I think he had serious doubts he could win one, let alone two
more. The question is, ultimately, how much do you love your sport, how
much do you love to compete, how much do you love the lifestyle? If
that's in place, the results will come. It's all based on a healthy
body, but it's what he loves doing. That is why it is out on the
practice court, and why he enjoys these moments. That's how many
victories, and some really close ones will remember the Andy Roddick
won? He only broke him in the last game, the only break of serve in the
match. One of the time I remember speaking to Andy Roddick, they had a
rain delay and they walked back to the locker was 1-1, and Roddick was
following Federer and he looked at Roger and he said, after two sets,
he wasn't sweating. Roddick said he had gone through about four shirts
at that stage and he was totally psyched out afterwards, but he's
come through some unbelievable matches. In 2008, when he lost to
Rafa Nadal, that was one of the best matches I've ever seen. But to be in
11 Wimbledon finals and come out on top eight times is impressive. We've
looked at that statistic, now lets see him in action with his eight bit
we set Wimbledon. -- with his eight victories at Wimbledon. Arguably the
greatest champion of all time. Roger Federer takes another step
towards history. Santana, Rod Laver, who has a very
close bond with Roger Federer. The first man to win eight
Championships... His appearance may have changed but one thing remains
the same, his greatness. He has a love affair with Centre Court in the
same way that you did, Boris, it is a special place to play? We have
seen it with Cilic, it can eat you up alive. You need to be
comfortable. Either you're believing something you can't really believe,
or it's the opposite effect, very few players have really dominated
the Centre Court, like Federer, like Sampras, like Bjorn Borg, at times
like Nadal, and I had a good match or two on it as well! It is the most
intimidating court I have ever played on. And I think for most
people as well. But for Roger, you just feel that his love for this
club and this tournament, you won him to keep coming back, because
you're a long time retired. Definitely. He spoke to you about
some of his most amazing memories, and eight goes back to the juniors
when he won and was receiving the trophy on Centre Court. It is
amazing and important to look back, I think, here we are in 2017, it was
interesting seeing those pictures of him, we see players getting bigger
and stronger, and if anything, Federer looks leaner now in 2017
than he did perhaps in his early days, and that's a reflection of how
meticulous his training is. I think it's also important to reflect and
remember on a couple of dodgy jackets that he had as well! You're
not talking about the white one, that was magnificent?! Well, that's
debatable! Can he come back and win it again, you have already set he
can win the US Open? Why not, he's the master of scheduling, he makes
his own schedule and he earns the right to do so. He's got to be very
careful now what he plays in the summer. Obviously, he wants to be in
top shape in the Open. He will probably do the O2 in November, and
then he'll be thinking, what are my priorities in 2018, and he will be
planning out exactly what's best for him. Aren't we lucky to have been
around in this Irrawaddy what a wonderful champion he is. Thank you
both of you for your comments throughout the Championships. We've
got the mixed doubles final coming up two Brits involved. But first,
we're going to look back to yesterday, and it was Garbine
Muguruza winning her first title here, defeating five-time champion
Venus Williams. After the match she came up here to talk to me.
ANDREW COTTER: Challenge. It might end this way... So, we look to the
screen, if it is long, Garbine Muguruza is the champion. And what a
victory for Garbine Muguruza! She is the Wimbledon champion, and tiers of
despair a couple of years ago, as she lost to Serena Williams, but
overwhelming joy in our. She is the champion.
Has it sunk in yet? Well, now that I see the images, not really. I can't
believe that I was there a few hours ago, it is incredible. It was a
shame, in a way, the Hawk-Eye challenge, but you knew it was out,
didn't you? Kind of! I wasn't sure if I should challenge. Yes, it was a
weird way to end it, but it was good! And you must realise that the
crowd have really taken you to their hearts with the manner in which you
play. Yes, I felt that support and I felt it two years ago as well. For
me to play in such an incredible environment, it's so exciting. You
didn't feel like running up to the box, like Pat Cash used to do? Not
really. I was so shocked. I'm like, sit down, don't move, just breathe
and enjoy the moment, and I will see my team after. I have interviewed a
lot of champions on court, and I can always tell, you don't really know
what has happened, it is too difficult to take it in? It is,
because it's so hard to achieve that. It's just a few people in the
world that can play a final, and to hold that trophy, it's a dream come
true, literally. These will be lovely images for you to remember.
You're walk increase of the court, and then you do something with your
trophy... And then we're going to take you behind the scenes, lovely
photos. I have seen on your Twitter feed, you have already got a photo
of that? Yes! It is a lovely moment, taking it around the Centre Court.
It is, it's only Wimbledon, and it feels good to show the crowd, and
the crowd show their appreciation also. I don't know anyone has done
that before. I think I've seen it before, actually. I wish I could
keep it, it's a beautiful trophy! And how did this feel, it was
special? It is, because I have to put my name here, and to see it come
true, it's incredible. You said, you don't want to look at the roll of
honour, it almost makes you nervous? Yes. It is so emotional. I realised
everybody was clapping and welcoming you, and I was like, oh, my god, I'm
playing the final, it's happening! And look at the amount of people who
were out there? I know, it's incredible, I was like, what should
I do?! It is lovely, I've noticed that they took the trophy away very
quickly, that's a shame! I know! I think it is the most beautiful
trophy in sport. It is, it is a special, it's gold and silver. You
looked quite emotional with the fans. I'm always emotional with the
fans, because they're what you pay for. That's my fitness coach, Jim
always so excited! That's the doctor who was helping me. All my team was
here, my manager... And we were all saying, where is Conchita Martinez?
And there she is! It was a fantastic moment, previous champion, and now,
new champion. You have only been working with Conchita for a short
time, what has she brought? A lot of calmness and experienced. It's very
hard for me, especially, because I get super nervous for the Grand
Slams, I take them very seriously, have someone coming you down, who
tells you you're doing good, for real, because she has the
experience. If she says you're ready, because you're ready. So I
was confident. But your parents, where were they? They were at home.
I think they get nervous if they go to the court. I cannot watch a
match, even, so imagine family! But you had a lot of supporters, and the
king of Spain was there, you got to meet him after? I know, first-time.
And actually, I didn't want to look to the Royal Box. I was like, don't
look. I looked afterwards! And in the background, you can see Arantxa
Sanchez-Vicario as well. Yes, I always see her, she's so nice, and
she gives you a lot of tips, it's incredible. Did you get other
messages from other players and Spanish players? I got one from
Rafa, a really nice message and a lot of people but I did not have the
time yet to read them! It's going to be hard to answer all of them, but I
felt a lot of support! And you held your nerve, that first set of it was
so crucial, so tight? Very crucial. We both know that that set was going
to control a little bit the match. I was happy that I stayed strong, just
waiting. This was a 19 stroke rally, do you remember much about it? I do.
I felt like I had to go for it, I had to be solid and show no
weakness. You say you go for it, we worked out on the stats that you
were hitting the ball five miles per hour faster when you were break
point up or down, is that just adrenaline? No, I think when you're
nervous, you cannot doubt. You've got to go for your shots and not
wait for mistakes. Maybe the racket was talking there! It is easier said
than done! Yes! We were thinking, in the second set, what was going
through your mind as you were racing away, game after game? I was
thinking, keep doing the same, try not to destruct... Every ball, every
point, every shot, go for it. Take the highway, like we say in Spanish.
I'm here, I feel confident, I'm not getting out of here. Absolutely.
It's lovely, you came here two years ago, and I remember the on Centre
Court. So, you have felt the other side, does that make this victory
even more special? Yeah. I know what it's like to lose. It's completely
different. Losing a Grand Slam final, or winning. I was like, this
year I have to do something to change that. I'm super proud,
because it's a great feeling, because you never know if you're
going to have the chance again to play a Wimbledon final. I have the
trophy now! Was Wimbledon something you grew up watching? Yeah,
actually. I grew up watching Venus and Serena play, I said it in the
ceremony and everybody started to laugh, but that was the perfect
final for me. A lot of incredible moments, and Rafa also. They only
laughed because you're so young! And you've beaten Serena and Venus in a
Grand Slam final, I think you're the only person to have done that. I
didn't know that. I only play the Williams sisters in the final! Beat
the best! I know it's the champions dinner tomorrow, and I think you
were asked about who you would like to dance with, I think they've
stopped the dancing now. Oh really? You can ask! Not really, if it's not
necessarily! I'm a little bit shy! You only have to go up and do a
little interview now. So you can put your dancing shoes away! Well, we'll
see! Anyway, congratulations, a wonderful final and all the best for
the future. Great personality and a huge star. Wonderful for the women's
game, a new Wimbledon champion here. But a familiar face with the trophy
today, the great man himself, Roger Federer, defeating Marin Cilic, an
injured Marin Cilic, in three sets. This is how he sealed his record
eighth Wimbledon title. Quite fitting that it was done with an
ace. For Roger, another ace and he collects another Wimbledon trophy,
obviously, feeling for his opponent, Marin Cilic was injured and was not
at his best. Very emotional on court. But for Roger and his team,
which we just saw... He is the man at the helm, and everybody on Centre
Court standing to appreciate what he's done, not just today but over
the years. Since he first came here, winning the junior title. Walking
onto Centre Court, hoping to do exactly what that man did and come
here and win the title. Well, now, he's done it a record eight times.
And the applause just didn't stop on Centre Court! Shortly afterwards he
went outside to show the trophy to the public. And here he is making
his way up from the warm-down area. It doesn't even look like he's had a
match! The fans know that this is an opportunity, because Roger is making
his way over to the players' lawn, to meet up with his family and
friends. And then he'll have to go off to do his media duties, and that
will take some time as well. Everyone wanted to say well done to
this great champion. So, off he goes for his media duties. But here at
Wimbledon, a Lott has been happening elsewhere, and we can bring you
up-to-date with that right now. Great great news for Britain in the
ladies wheelchair doubles, because Jordanne Whiley and her partner Yui
Kamiji have taken it in three sets, 6-0 in the final set. Amazing,
because they had not played together since last year. And their opponents
with a silver medallists at the Paralympics last year, and De Groot
actually won the singles yesterday. So that was a thrilling victory for
Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji, their fourth and second if the
modern title. And afterwards, they spoke to Clare Balding.
This is by far the most special for me, because I've been eight -- out
that eight months with injury, I haven't played for a year, and I
tried my hardest. They were such a strong team. I'm so happy. We can
see how thrilled you are. Yui, how are you feeling, and how special is
this moment? Sorry. I'd like to thank Jordanne for playing with me
again, and congratulations to Marjolein Buis and Diede De Groot,
and thank you to the audience for being here with us. Yes.
APPLAUSE They did, they were cheering for
you. I think all of us will remember the shout of, Yui, throughout what
you are eight arrested partnership. What is the secret to you getting
back that you are a horrific partnership.
I try my hardest for Yui, and that's what makes us such a special doubles
partnership. You make it as well. Very special to watch. Last word,
Jordanne, on the heart of both of you, who would like to thank?
Largely all of the crowd. It picks us up around the court. It means a
locked us for to be here. Thank you to my family who came out the
coaches up there, my boyfriend and my coach over there. Thank you to
everybody in the stadium. Congratulations, Yui Kamiji and
Jordanne Whiley! Emotional scenes out on court number
three, but well done to Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji. Fourth time
here at Wimbledon. Elsewhere, the singles title went to Stefan Olsson,
conceded at the Championships. He put out the top seed, Gordon Reid,
in the opening round. He came through in a marathon 7-5 in the
third set against Gustavo Hernandez, the 23-year-old who had won the
Australian Open and was runner-up at the French Open. A first Wimbledon
title for Stefan Olsson. Emotional scenes in the wheelchair final. And
the Boys' Singles final, we've seen Roger Federer. Here's a look into
the future. It was won by an 18-year-old from Spain, winning 7-6,
6-3. He was on an 11 match winning streak, the opponent, until today,
and he was also going to be in the final of the Boys' Doubles the
trophy went to Spain. won by... 6-4, 6-3 vote of no
celebration for the United States today. They won the girls singles
but runners-up today. The new girls doubles champions.
They are still sitting on the hill, and British interest in the mixed
doubles coming up. We are going to Centre Court in a moment, but a
short time ago that players made their way onto Centre Court. They
all know this place so well. They've all won the mixed doubles title
here. Lets hear the welcome. CHEERING
I say that they've won the title, Gus Jamie Murray, of course, won the
title a few years ago with Jelena Jankovic, and Martina Hingis has won
so many titles, too many to mention. They are the top seeds, the
superpowers in this. Everybody predicting they would be the
favourites, but they are up against the defending champions, Henri
Kontinen and Heather Watson. We can sit back and enjoy this one. Mixed
doubles is so entertaining. Lets join Sam Smith and John implied --
John Inverdale. There have been times in recent
years when the mixed doubles final has been something of an
afterthought after an epic men's bottle, and it has sometimes been a
confrontation between pairs you are occasionally barely household names
in their own house, but not today. This match has the feel of an
Olympic closing ceremony, virtually. Party time, happy faces, with some
of the best smiles in this sport. Two British players, one on this
site, a man who is effectively in this country Mr doubles. Jamie
Murray. The semifinal which featured Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen
was like a pantomime. There were people chanting marriage proposals
from the crowd, all sorts of shenanigans. This is a great way,
after hundreds of matches at Wimbledon 2017, which began two
Mondays ago, when Andy Murray walked onto the Centre Court to defend his
singles title, it ends with his brother on Centre Court, trying to
win a mixed doubles title, ten years after winning it with Jelena
Jankovic. They are playing the defending champions, Henri Kontinen
and Heather Watson. Sadly, having not been named the new Doctor Who,
Sam Smith is here. Looking forward to this? Very much so, and egging
each basket. Henri and Heather, at times, are
like a comedy duo, but Henri is good for Heather. He doesn't put any
pressure on her. That rally features the first volley
from Martina Hingis. I think I know what you're going to say. In the
preceding round, Sam offered to give me a pound for every volley that
Martinez the guests missed in the match, and -- that Martinez will --
that Martina Hingis missed in the match, and she didn't miss any. I'll
donate a pound to a tennis charity every time Martina Hingis misses a
volley. We'll see where we are at the end of the match. Or a smash.
You are throwing a smash into the mix as well. You can tell it's the
end of term here, goodness me. Easy enough for the Finn. Not too
many Finns have made it onto the big stage in tennis. No. Is it's not a
big game there? Does the weather play the part? I think that other
sports dominate. Obviously the weather is a major issue. I would
imagine that Henri has got Finnish Sports Personality of the Year
wrapped up. Don't ask me who the other nominees are. A few Formula 1
drivers. Apart from that. A lot of people, especially tennis
fans, talk about graduating their life through the names of tennis
players at Wimbledon, the heroes they go along with. I remember the
Agassi- Sampras Iran, all of that. It's amazing to think it's ten years
since Jamie won this. -- the Agassi- Sampras era.
And it is amazing to think, in that intervening period, what his brother
has achieved. And what he's achieved.
What a fantastic pick-up from Jamie Murray. He has the most brilliant
hands. But also what you have to remember is everything that Jamie's
achieved, it's been trained by this man. We'll talk about him a bit more
later. Is the cheering for that. I don't
know which side the crowd on today. I think it's a win-win situation.
Perhaps Sarah involvement with Martina over the years might sway
it. -- perhaps their involvement. Heather might get her smile that in
a moment. It's a battle of the smiles. Martina has a serious smile.
A pound. Was that a miss? OK, I'll speak to her afterwards. OK, one.
I've got a little chart. Murray hung in the air for ages
there. That was a beautifully clean strike. There are a couple of things
they have to sort out here. A bit more tricky, because Heather isn't
serving and volleying, so Henri really has to cover that line.
Because she's not serving and volleying, he hasn't got so many
options to poach. He can anticipate a crosscourt ball or react to a
ball, but they can't really plan anything out. But they can in the I
formation. I think she'll probably go down the T. That's the smart
place to serve. A signal behind the back there.
They have to remember that Murray and Hingis play to clearly defined
fashions. With the I formation, most of the time you play down the alley.
It's the best place to return to the majority of the time.
A gallant effort at retrieving by Heather. But this is the first break
point of the match. I thought Jamie was going to poach a
couple of times, and then a decisive intervention at the net. First break
of serve. And these two pairs have had very different passages to this
final. The top seeds, I'm sure you know, had a draw, and it looks like
the top seeds are at the top in a tennis championships, and they wind
their way to the final. Straight sets all the way through. But
Heather and Henri, in the middle of the draw, not seeded, working their
way in a zigzag kind of fashion towards the end, with a couple of
very tight 3-set matches in the quarters and semis. They've played a
lot more tennis together, but having said that their opponents are a much
more established there. They play in very different ways. Heather isn't
serving and volleying. They are more instinctive, with great chemistry
that's pulled them through a couple of those tight matches but I've
never quite sure what they're going to do. On the other side, Murray and
Hingis play defined patterns. You know exactly what they're going to
do at any given time. They are so good at maximising their court
coverage. They are more scientific, the way they go about their doubles.
That ball kept very low. Just watch Jamie, he's going to move on their
hit here. He knows where Martina is serving, so he's going to move in
two different places, depending on where she serves. He is a real
jack-in-the-box. Bat second serve from Martina
Hingis, at 68mph. People at home are saying, I serve like that.
My favourite ever film. Love, actually. I know it's naff, but it's
wonderful. Henri has a huge serve, and it's
very difficult to read. A lot of the men have problems returning it.
Coached by Chris Eaton, British player, who went to school just down
the road from Wimbledon here, just like Tim Henman did. That was almost
Federer-esque. But the ball went long.
Kontinen was the runner-up in the boys singles here nine years ago,
when he was beaten by Grigor Dimitrov. Kontinen got to around 200
in the world before deciding to concentrate on doubles. What about
that service action? SAM SMITH: Well, is just
extraordinary, because he lays his head back on the left side, and the
arm goes back so far behind him, you don't get to see the racket because
it's beyond 180 degrees. He must have double jointed shoulders or
something, because I can't think of another player who serves like that.
Is extraordinary. And that serve is going to be a big feature of this
final. He may be finish to, but who lives just over the road, in Estonia
- ever been there? I haven't but I always wanted to go on a Baltic
cruise. So if I do, I will jump off at Talinn. I recommend it, but go in
midweek. Don't go at weekends! There will be big discussions here about
Heather's return, her backhand return of serve is as good as anyone
Sheila, it's a real menace. Try and stay away from that, go really wide
on her. If Kontinen has a double jointed
shoulder, I almost feel that Jamie almost has a double jointed wrist
when he plays volleys like that. Fantastic touch.
Never in doubt on the Hingis overhead. And this is a good game.
Yeah, it's really smart tennis from Jamie. First of all, straight back
at Heather, really putting Heather on the defence, she hasn't got any
angle to work with. Really straightforward service game.
Great shot. What touch. It is worth saying, if Kontinen's serve is
almost unbreakable, this is the game that Hingis and Murray are looking
to get at. What is very helpful in this
matchup, though, Heather is serving the best we've ever seen her. It's
got a few more mph on it, and the accuracy, which has really helped
her singles in the last couple of months, that accuracy. And she'll
need that out there today. Henri is going to tell her where to serve the
second serve, and then, where he's going to move to. Jamie Insall him
moving, though. That lady you saw on that shot, that's Heather's mum
Michelle. One of the more the brilliant tennis parents.
Henri, what are you doing? Can't keep saying "you"! Well, he's just
trying to do way too much here. Great hands from Andy Murray, that
ball was going straight at him. -- Jamie Murray. Break points again.
Well served, Heather. Now, I think they're very worried
about this Hingis return. What she doesn't like is the kicker out wide.
We'll see what they're planning here.
You called it, Sam. Inside-out forehand, Murray at the net, break
of serve. Martina hit that ball pretty hard,
it has to be said, but it was the advent of the super big hitters that
effectively spelt the end of her time as a force in the game in
women's singles? And be she could do nothing about it, she managed to
hold off Venus and Serena when they were in their teens. And there was
Davenport as well. She won her first junior slam at 12, at 22 she had
already been a full-time professional, really, for ten years.
And then with the advent of the power game, she came in the gap
between Steffi Graf and Monica Seles and the Williams sisters and
Davenport, an week in, week out, she just couldn't manage it. Her
standards were to win slams, she also got a nasty foot injury which
people must remember. She did win many, many titles, which is not bad.
If she played in the singles here, let's just say they gave her a wild
card, how far might she have got in the modern game? Would she have won
a couple of rounds? It would depend who she got, but she's a wonderful
tennis player. I think everybody believes she's not only
invitational, particularly myself after my experience a few years ago.
What was that? It was the year that she played with Anna Kordic over, so
big crowds as well. Martina for me is a tennis genius, she knows where
you're going, before you do. And the score, or have you forgotten? Well,
we were vaguely competitive! We hit the ball at Anna quite a lot, who
clearly hadn't practised in a few years! But it was an extraordinary
feeling. You hit the ball and Martina had already moved into the
space, almost when you were contacting the ball - she was just
telepathic. And at the time, we thought, this is ridiculous.
Martina, you should be playing in the ladies doubles, not the
invitational, please leave us alone! She's great! I was about to say,
Jamie Murray is one of the game's great volleyers. And then two in a
row. This is still a big deal for him, look how tight he is on the
net. Actually it's a pretty good idea to go at him, because he always
has to move to the right or the left. Depending on where Martina
serves. Heather bluetit that as hard as she
possibly could. -- Heather hit that. I'm not sure Jamie Murray wasn't
facing the wrong way was the the most important thing is that he was
Faison. That gives him a chance. -- he was based on. That has been
trained by Louis Cayer eight, who has been firing thousands of balls
at him from close range. That was fantastic. That was watching a
batsman fending off the most venomous fast ball.
He's served 54 aces in this tournament so far. That's a big
weapon in a mixed doubles tournament. I'm just amazed at this
upper body rotation. That's long. So Heather and Henri live to fight
one more game, at least. In this opening set. If we go back to this
serve again, because I can see you are fascinated and bemused by it, is
it the body rotation and the contortion, if you like, that's
captivating new? It's just the position that he gets into, what we
call trophy position, where his left arm is extended and his shoulder...
I'll tell you exactly when. When he gets there. He seems to get it so...
I'm so far behind him. I'm not sure how you get a read on his racket
placement, which is the clue you are looking for. It's almost like a golf
swing. He's keeping his body still, but he's taking the shoulder
rotation, it's so key, so far behind. He would be good on the shot
put the hammer, he'd be terrific. There was a great Finn, whose name
is... Or the javelin. It will come to us. That's why I'm so fascinated.
Ring in now. Ari Vaartonen, was that his name?
I'll look it up on the Internet. To save all of you at home looking
up on your electronic devices who the famous Finnish person was, Sam
is doing it right now. There was a great 5000 metres and 10,000 metres
runner in the early 70s. Positive from Kontinen. That was a
wonderful pick-up from Murray midway through the rally. But that loose
volley from Hingis, she whacked the grass in disgust, it allowed
Kontinen to do that. Still haven't quite got on top of
these Kontinen - Watson returns. They have done a good job, the
defending champions, getting the return is really low, forcing Murray
to hit up. That simple put away from Jamie
Murray gives them set point. And it might signal a shift in the
way the crowd respond. First set. It goes to the British-
Swiss combination. I suspect the crowd now will switch their
attention to Heather, because they want to see three sets. But a richly
entertaining 30 minutes of mixed doubles, as we draw towards the
conclusion of this year's rumbled on. Have you got the answer? I
haven't. -- this year's Wimbledon. I've been handed a piece of paper.
Forget electronic devices. I've been handed a sheet of paper that says
Arto Haakonen. 1984, javelin in Los Angeles. I think his best friend was
Ari Vatanen. He drove there to watch him. Hard to see too much of what
Kontinen and Watson have done wrong out there. It's been superhigh
quality from Murray and Hingis, and that's without putting too many
first serves in. They haven't had to head to the charity box for their
serving. She making life quite difficult overall. Very solid. They
had a real crack at the Kontinen and Watson second serves when they have
a chance. It's been Heather's serve that's been under the real pressure.
And she will start this second set. I'll be amazed if she does. Well,
the blog is by her name. They've moved the blob. They put a white dot
in the person who is going to on the scoreboard. For that reason. -- they
put a white dot by the person who is going to serve on the scoreboard.
Beautifully played. It just sat there, asking to be hit, and boy,
did he hit it! This is Henri all over. A little
extravagant. Is eye on the ball. Look at, write to the last moment.
This is a pair who haven't played much together.
Henri is in charge. He's directing operations. Henri said, regular, and
Heather set, what do you mean? But it worked.
Jamie has been returning with so much variety. He's been lobbying
Heather, chipping as well. All these guys' semifinals were on
Friday, so a lot of people watching today, because of work, will not
have seen too much mixed double action. Why is Jamie playing in a
deuce court, when he's a left-hander?
That rally was all about Heather Watson but, in the end, that
forehand goes long. I mean, traditionally, he'd play in the left
court. So then you've got a big forehand on the right side, a big
forehand on the left side. He's more comfortable on the right, and
Martina definitely wants to play on the left. Another big serve, 120
mph. And it wouldn't take very much for this to swing the other way. It
really wouldn't. Don't really feel that any one player is completely
dominated. But Jamie Murray, I must say, has really got in there I line.
So tough when an opponent does that, because you start to question your
returns and overthink things. They are using up a lot of energy trying
to neutralise Jamie. . At the moment, but he was world
number one doubles player, Jamie, last year. I remember Jamie right at
the start of his career, before he won here in the mixed doubles. He
was going well, but not well enough. I remember bumping into Judy down at
Eastbourne and she said, well, I'm just going to have to go and get
Jamie the best coach in the world, which was Louis Cayer. That's all
there was for it. And you wonder why Jamie and Andy have done so well.
And some of those Saturday afternoon Davis Cup doubles will live in the
memory long after both of them have hung up their rackets. Good volley
from Hingis. Mentioning Judy Murray, who was here watching Jamie play
today she did say in an interview, I think it was on Radio 5 Live the
Sunday before Wimbledon began, about two weeks ago today, that she was
sure that Andy and Jamie would play doubles here once before they
retired, and that would be a full house on Centre Court, no question.
Everything Jamie does looks so crisp. But I can't emphasise enough,
when he gets a serve and volley, he knows exactly where he's going to
serve, exactly whether volley is going, exactly where the put away
is. He is happy to play terribly instinctively. It's all to a set
pattern. What a pick-up. What a fantastic volley from Jamie Murray.
I was going to pick you up on that, saying, you can have a regimented
way of playing, but the one thing you don't know is where the opponent
is going to put the ball. But he knew, when he was pulled wide in the
alley, is option was a short crosscourt forehand volley, and he
knew that, and he knew had to exit it. All Cayer has done is get
natural talent into a -- is to hone natural talent into a precise
doubles playing machine. We have set it on every Watson service game, but
this is the target for Murray and Hingis.
Well, this is the most straightforward service game but
Heather has had so far in this match.
Great combination there between Finland and the Channel Islands. Not
rev countries you immediately paired together, but they're doing all
right at the moment. And you can see they're really having a good time
Fish what's so funny, how these teams come together is often
complete chance, or total serendipity. Heather actually had a
joke with Henri's coach, who happens to be Chris Eakin, and it happened.
Had Martina not found Jamie, and she was reluctant to do so, because as
you said earlier, she probably felt that Jamie's focus would be on the
men's doubles, if she didn't press that dial, then neither team, she
wouldn't be here with Jamie, and Heather and Henri wouldn't be here,
either. It's extraordinary, it's really random in the mixed doubles.
Which be a source of inspiration to any club players who are listening
to this at the moment. Who asks who, dare I ask them? Even at the top
level. Yeah. You might have thought Martina Hingis would not be too
nervous to phone up Jamie. I think she's the boss of this couple now,
though oh! Well, he's cross about that one. The
roof remains open, as you can see, despite the threat of showers in the
last hour or so. The roof had to be shot last night to allow the men's
doubles to finish. It feels like it finish to in the early hours of this
morning. There's all sorts of movement on
both sides of the net there. They work well together, don't they?
Instinctively, they're so good with their positioning and how they cover
the court. They almost don't really need to discuss things, because they
both know whether serve should go and where Jamie should move to. That
point before was finished off with the most ludicrously effortless
volley from Murray at the net. JOHN INVERDALE: Good, keep shot from
Heather Watson there. And the Hingis serve, under threat.
SAM SMITH: As soon as possible under threat, they go for the percentage
plays. I'm actually just trying to see how
many other players from the Channel Islands have actually competed on
the world stage. And it's a very short list. Well left.
I think the tennis playing resources are so limited there. Do the Channel
Islands not play...? You were talking about Jamie playing in
county tennis earlier on, I think he played for the Highlands of Scotland
or whatever, to the Channel Islands not get amalgamated with Hampshire?
Hampshire and Isle of Wight. It's not exactly tennis central, is
it, the Channel Islands? If you think about it, where all he's
players are from, even Martina Hingis, before Martina Hingis,
tennis was not a big sport in Switzerland. They have all come from
little areas where you would not expect. It's a big area, Finland.
But I know what you mean! Finland's one of those countries, you look at
on the map, that is huge! It's just, there's not much, too! Areas with
not many tennis clubs, let's put it like that! He's got a big week
ahead, the Open coming up. Live coverage Radio 5 Live, every hour,
every day. And you will be listening, Sam, I know you're a big
fan. I will be listening. If I have any thoughts, I will text you. I
don't have a direct line! And it's nice for these four players, to have
this honour full Centre Court. In recent times, because we've had so
many men's singles finals which have gone on a very long time, it has
meant that sometimes, the mixed doubles final has been a bit of an
afterthought, with dusk coming in and some people saying, should we go
and watch this, or should we go home? But this is an integral part
of the afternoon's entertainment following the 3-set victory for
Roger Federer over Marin Cilic earlier on. People are very engaged,
and they would love, no disrespect to Jamie and Martina, but they would
love the Finnish-Guernsey connection to win this set and take us into a
decider. That was a good lob from Kontinen.
Yeah, they've got to try and do something different here, maybe go
at Martina a little more. Hingis and Murray have done a very
good job of neutralising Henri out here, hasn't been able to get on his
forehand. He was running through his service game easily, but that's been
about eight. -- about it. We keep saying what a good doubles player
Henri Kontinen is, you may not be aware, he was a Grand Slam winner
this year, with John Peers, in Melbourne. He is right at the top of
the men's game at the moment. Well played, Heather finishing off
Henri's work. This is what they haven't let him do for most of this
match, just over 50 minutes, let him really get hold of a forehand.
And a break point now for Kontinen and Watson. It doesn't take a lot in
mixed doubles, just a couple more second serves for the defending
champions to look at, and they've got a chance here.
That was a big serve. Perfectly placed.
That was a monstrous return, even the deft hands of Jamie Murray
couldn't deal with that. So, break point again. Will Murray swing it
out wide again? Great serving again. These days,
just resets so quickly. What they return from Heather on the
backhand that was! That's why you have to be so accurate. Its
world-class, when Heather can get hold of it, and they've done a good
job of stopping them, but he wasn't quite accurate enough. And that's
what happens. She's seen about, what, two or three of them in this
final so far. He'd served so many serves out wide.
Much to the amusement of his coach, he bashed that down the middle.
I think we've gone through the whole of Wimbledon without using the
time-honoured phrase, the vital seventh game. As this is the last
match of Wimbledon, I think it ought to get an outing here and there.
It's also the last game with the old balls.
I'm afraid Jamie is two steps ahead of everybody else on this court.
Beautifully played, Kontinen. Jamie was cross with the execution of that
lob, but it was beautifully put away.
Agonisingly, just out of reach of the Finn.
And so, this may well prove to have been crucial.
Heather would just love Henri to take the return if he possibly can.
Saying to her, come on, you need a first serve, if you can.
A shriek from Heather says it all. A big break for Murray and Hingis. A
set and a break, and the number one seeds are eyeing this mixed doubles
title. All it is, just watching Henriette Heather, but strategically
they are making a few mistakes. They went I formation and Heather served
down the T, which is Hingis's best return. I don't think it really
works. You've got to serve out wide. For me, Hingis and Murray have got
the tactics right. They are serving in the right places at moving in the
right areas. That's why, unless Henri Candy inspired here, and he's
had a pretty long tournament... -- unless Henri Candy inspired.
I think he was into seven hours at the semifinals. It was an epic men's
doubles tournament, because their match, which the top seeds lost, and
their opponents eventually won it last night in a ridiculous match
which lasted five hours, and they had put the roof at 13-11 in the
fifth, but Kontinen and his partner lost their semifinal 9-7 in the
final set. Here is Hingis, to turn the screw.
Martina has got her wonderful hairbands in.
Can you buy those in the shop? I'm sure you probably can. I brought my
own from Switzerland. So a single game is all they need
now to be mixed doubles champions this year.
Very impressive from Hingis. That's the reason she's won 22 Grand Slam
titles. Putting in a love service game at just the right time.
That was a beautiful first serve from Kontinen. 80 mph. It crawled
over the net, in his terms, but perfectly placed.
We've all been there. We've all been for the intercept and felt the ball
going further and further and further away.
Well, they are still smiling. But they know they've got to come up
with something pretty special in the next game if it isn't to be game,
set and match for the last time on Centre Court at this year's
Wimbledon. And I always think this kind of moment, for all the of this
match, there's something rather sad about it, isn't there? Two Mondays
ago, there were hundreds of players but, since then, most of them have
been knocked out and scattered to the four corners of the Earth. Some
of them are playing a different tournaments. They fed hundreds of
matches. But over the last two weeks they've given us a magnificent soap
opera worthy of any East End is that culminates in today. In one more
game, if this goes according to plan and Jamie Murray does what he wants,
that will be exempt Wimbledon 2017 will be just a memory. It's almost
like the last day of school. And we have to wait another 50 weeks to do
it again. So, will this be the last game on Centre Court for this year's
Wimbledon? Not if Henri has anything to do with
it! They didn't spend much time that the
change of ends discussing what to do, but I think they just decided,
OK, lets just wham it at Martina and see what happens.
Just long. You could see Heather thought she might just have landed
it on the baseline. -- landed it. I wonder if they'll start taking it
to Heather's forehand. The crowd chanting for more. A few
more shots like that from these two and we'll have some more.
Now, do they go for Heather's forehand? They've been burned so
many times off the Watson backhand. They live dangerously, these two!
But those two chances to break back have been and gone. And Jamie and
Martina know a couple more points here and the job will be done. This
time, Jamie will go for his favourite serves.
Great shot from Henri Kontinen, that's fantastic! If you're going to
use some flight and a softer shot, you try and go around your opponent,
and that's exactly what Henri Kontinen did. So, pressure back on
the Murray serve again. There was an acrobatic return from
Watson. But a pretty emphatic put away from Hingis.
Match point for Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis. And Centre Court,
which began with one Murray two Mondays ago, and all the drama in
between, ends with another Murray. Jamie, and Martina Hingis, are mixed
doubles champions for 2017. And a standing ovation, after an hour and
a quarter, a hugely enjoyable way to round off this year's Championship.
SAM SMITH: Yeah, it is a fitting finale, and it's such an important
part of the Wimbledon programme and a great way to bring down the
curtain on Wimbledon 2017. And I bet Martina is very pleased she's picked
up the phone a couple of weeks ago, because it's all ended in a rather
wonderful match. Judy Murray happy, too. 50 grand each for Jamie and
Martina, but I'm not sure they will be thinking about that. It's about
playing on this court, on this occasion, on this stage. Other Grand
Slams have rather throw the mixed doubles away nowadays. Roland
Garros, it sometimes feels they play the final of the mixed doubles at
Faure on Thursday, because it almost seems it doesn't matter at all. But
here it is still an integral part of the schedule, and you can see how
happy Jamie Murray is as well. Ten years on from him winning this for
the first time, with Jelena Jankovic. When he had to pick up the
phone to ask HER to play with him, ten years on, Martina Hingis having
run HIM up to say, can I play with you, he's champion once again. And
that's 23 Grand Slam titles for Martina Hingis. And counting. And
what skill out there. A lot of strategy from these two, almost
invisible, because they do it bond anyone who does anything to this
level, there is a lot of hard work behind it. And I have to say, will
also defence from Heather and Henri. I don't think they would have
expected to come through here unseeded, and this is a really good
launch pad for Heather on the back of the singles, it's been a long
fortnight. It has been a long few weeks. We were at Eastbourne, where
Heather played some fantastic tennis, and we've seen a completely
different Heather Watson in the last few weeks, and it's up to her to
carry that forward as she goes to America, ultimately to the US Open
and beyond. Yes, she'll be in the main draw of the US Open, and every
time you can play matches under this kind of pressure, it will stand you
in good stead. That was a long time ago, that match on that T-shirt!
We're going to have the presentation of the mixed doubles. And we're also
going to have a presentation for the boys singles, which took place
earlier on today. And I'm assuming that both of these presentations are
going to happen as always, in the Royal Box, as Jamie Murray starts
handing out the contents of his kitbag. Undoubtedly, one of the
great memories of this championship will be Kim Clijsters handing out
some of her kit to a rather large gentleman, and asking him, after he
had given her some stick on one of the outside courts, to show her how
to do it. If you haven't seen it on YouTube yet, have a look, it's
hugely entertaining. So, first to leave the arena, Heather and Henri.
They won it last year, finalists this year. I'm sure they wouldn't
mind coming back for more of the same in 12 months' time. And there
are the new champions, Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis.
Jamie, actually, is a great advert for doubles, isn't he? For the wider
constituency of tennis, most club players don't tend to placing goals,
for reasons of availability, time, competition, whatever. Most tennis
players, wherever in the world, will tend to play doubles. He's a
fantastic ambassador for the game, in a way that British tennis has not
had someone like that for a long time. And don't forget, Jamie
Clapham though he was a junior, was an excellent singles player, he was
the best in the world when he was 11 or 12. Is singles career did not
quite pan out. And also the same for Henri, he was extremely good, a
finalist here in the juniors as well. It shows you can still go out
and earn a living and have a wonderful career and win Grand Slam
titles. Not a bad way to spend your life. Four and four looks
straightforward, but it wasn't, really. It was very, very tight,
from start to finish, and there were big opportunities for Kontinen and
Watson, but in the end, it wasn't meant to be ensured the presentation
will now take place in the Royal Box. Trophies will be presented by
His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, President of the All England Club.
Ladies and gentlemen, the mixed doubles runners-up, Heather Watson
and Henri Kontinen! That beaming smile of Heather
Watson. And a great ovation for the runners-up this year.
And 2017 mixed doubles champions, Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray!
JOHN INVERDALE: And so, one Murray at least holds up a trophy at
Wimbledon this year. And I'm sure his brother was watching somewhere,
and is thrilled that his elder brother is a champion once again
hear. Both Jamie and Martina, looking to
their boxes, on the right-hand side of the Royal Box. Ladies and
gentlemen, the boys' singles runner-up, Axel Geller. Who actually
in one match, bang it down a spoke of 135mph, in the juniors!
Argentina, a rich history when it comes to tennis, obviously. It could
be that he's going to be a big player - big being the operative
word on the senior stage! And the 2017 Wimbledon boys singles
champion, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina! The first Spaniard to win
the boys' singles here for 50 years, since the summer of 1960s seven. And
there have been some great champions in the intervening period, including
Ivan Lendl, Pat Cash, Stefan Edberg, Gael Monfils, or Dimitrov... And 19
years ago, when Pete Sampras was beating Goran Ivanisevic in the
men's final, Roger Federer held that trophy aloft. Will YE be men's
champion in the years to come? And what a weekend for Spanish tennis.
Garbine Muguruza yesterday. And maybe this is a sign of things to
come in the future, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain. And he
did it without dropping a set. Ladies and gentlemen, that brings us
to the end of the Championships 2017. We hope you have had a
fantastic day. Have a safe journey home. Thank you and good evening.
The announcement is made, and we all shared a silent tear as we bid
farewell to the Centre Court, and the sporting attention shifts to
royal Birkdale, where the open Championship begins this week.
Actually, Jamie Murray is such a good golfer, he could almost play in
the Open, doesn't he play off two or something? Yes! What are we all
going to do on Monday morning, John, when the tennis is over? That is
always the sense you feel after a fortnight like this, after two weeks
sitting glued to your television, what on earth are you going to do
tomorrow morning? Well, before that, you're going to have to hear one
more post-match interview. Martina, Jimmy, congratulations, a wonderful
performance. It is a novelty for us to see a British player on either
side of the net in a Wimbledon final, what was it like to be part
of? It was bit strange jest. I guess the crowd was a bit split. But it
was a great success for British tennis to have two guys in the
final. It has been a great week, we played a lot of amazing tennis,
especially in the final, we knew we would have to play a really good
match if we wanted to have a chance to win, and we were able to do that.
Martina, it has been a momentous day for Switzerland as well, Roger
winning, and you now, both of you defying age? Yeah, not bad for us!
I'm really happy that I contacted Jamie before Wimbledon started. I'm
really happy how we played and performed. You talk about one
British is going to win Wimbledon this year, and I was hoping it was
going to be Murray! Well, that's how it proved! And Jamie, your first
mixed doubles title for ten years, how does it compare? I had kind of
forgotten, to be honest, what it felt like the last time! But this
was pretty sweet, huge thanks to Martina, because I would not be
standing here if it was not for her, because I wasn't going to play. When
she texted me, it was an easy decision, she's such an amazing
player. Really excited to have the trophy again. He's a very wise man
to accept your invitation, most definitely! Wide eyes in the locker
room, jumping at the chance! It is where we get to interview people
with the trophy in hand. Might we see you here next year again
possibly? Well, I hope so, next to Grand Slam coming up, so we have to
talk about that, and we will go from there. It is always nice to defend a
title! We hope we see that. Congratulations, enjoy the
celebrations tonight, both of you. Thank you. Thank you.
I'm sure we will see them on the court again, maybe get other Grand
Slams, but hopefully at Wimbledon as defending champions. Louis Cayer
must be delighted. Jamie Murray, what a doubles player, and Martina
Hingis, winning her 18th Grand Slam doubles title. Well done to them
both. This appointment for Heather, but she played well, and they
defended their title very well. -- disappointment. So that's the final
match played here on the Centre Court at this year's Wimbledon, but
what a Wimbledon it's been. Earlier, we look forward to Roger Federer
etching his name in the Wimbledon history books again, reading for his
eighth Wimbledon title. That was the motivation that inspired him to
return to the tour and come back here and play on his beloved Centre
Court and lived at trophy again. And he did that today, against Marin
Cilic. This is match point. What a player! What a 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.
STUDIO: What a wonderful family celebration it was. His children
came to see him win that match alongside his wife, Mirka. His
parents and his agent were there. Very much Team Federer on tour
today, and it's important to him to have his family with him every time
he plays. The great Rod Laver, who has won Grand Slam twice, he was in
the royal box. He and Roger are very close. He's a big supporter of
Roger, and Roger was inspired by Rod Laver and so many great champions
from past is continuing, and Roger lifting the trophy again, a record
eighth time, the first player in the history of the game to win that
trophy eight times. Five years after his last Wimbledon title, he's
lifted the trophy. Phil Jones has been looking at where Federer stand
in the history of great Renaissances.
It hardly seemed possible that vintage Federer might only be at its
delicious best in its 36th year. Holding aloft a record eighth
Wimbledon 's men's singles title, but so right in age, at least in
sporting years, is to boldly underline the word legend. The
achievement will echo long throughout the corridors of
greatness, a never to be forgotten, I was there when moment for the Jack
Nicklaus, winning his sixth masters at the age of 46. It's Muhammad Ali
beating undefeated George Foreman in the rumble in the jungle in 1974,
aged 32. He was tired. I said, man, this is the wrong place to get
tired. It's Lester Piggott, winning his record ninth derby at age 40
seven. -- aged 47. And it's Pele, inspiring the great Brazilian team
to lift the World Cup in 1970. Game, set and match, Federer! It bears
repeating. Roger Federer's record eighth Wimbledon crown makes him the
oldest man in the open era to win the men's singles say, aged 35. A
rare and special vintage. The likes of which we may never taste again.
The first man to win eight championships.
And what a year it's been for Roger, here celebrating with the fans
outside he's only lost two matches this entire year, and he had match
point in those. Roger Federer, waving to the fans, giving them
their photo opportunity. They can see this great legend of the game,
and aren't we privileged to see him playing at Wimbledon. Waving to
those around the corner. The great man, Roger Federer. 19th Grand Slam
title, a record eighth here at Wimbledon. But this is the happy
side of winning a Wimbledon title. Unfortunately, there always has to
be a loser as well, and how sad it was for Marin Cilic. These were the
scenes early in the second set. He came on court with an injury, and it
got worse. This is the frustration of a player knowing he can't give
his best in a Wimbledon final. It was a blister on his foot. Emotional
scenes for Marin Cilic. That is the other side of the sport. But we have
to applaud Roger Federer, because we have seen history made yesterday,
with Roger Federer kissing that trophy once again, in front of all
of his family. It was a family day out for the Federer family on Centre
Court. We do have more tennis coming on BBC Two, and the great man, Roger
Federer, will be in the studio shortly for a chat. I'd like to take
this opportunity to thank all of the hard-working and dedicated BBC staff
behind the scenes who have worked to make the programme great. 140 years
after the first winner, Garbine Muguruza and the record-breaking
Roger Federer have hedged their names in Wimbledon history. Bye-bye.
-- have etched. It's like the beginning of a fantastic holiday,
isn't it? They've done it. Hewitt and Gordon
Reid, Wimbledon champions once again.
Physically, Andy Murray is not right.
Venus Williams, who is back in the Wimbledon final after so many years.
For Johanna Konta, it aims here. The double champion is beaten here.
Jamie and Martina Hingis are mixed doubles champion. Brilliant from
Cilic. 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 point to God
Muguruza. -- to Garbine Muguruza. It is Garbine Muguruza who is the
Wimbledon champion. You stop and look around, take all of this in, if
you do that, it's too late. Roger Federer takes another step towards
his green. -- his dream. What a player! The first man to win eight
championships here at Wimbledon. Join us live, and follow
the world's wildest animals... ..across the most
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Sue Barker presents live coverage of the Wimbledon men's singles final between Marin Cilic and Roger Federer. Federer attempts to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles.
Plus the mixed doubles final as Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis take on Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson.