By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon
- Roger Federer is looking for an historic eighth Wimbledon title
- Marin Cilic is looking for his first Wimbledon title and a second Slam title
- Last year Cilic led Federer two sets to love before losing in five.
LONDON, UK – Is age just a number, as Roger Federer seeks a 19th Slam, an eighth Wimbledon title with just Marin Cilic standing in his way?
Head to Head
|Head to Head||Roger Federer||Marin Cilic|
Well, when you look at that head to head, it does look rather bleak for Marin Cilic, but then you have to look at the one win over Roger Federer on his way to his first Grand Slam title at the US Open. It is worth remembering that although Federer did beat him last year, Cilic forced him to produce his best tennis to get out of a 0-2 deficit in the quarter-final.
|Titles History||Roger Federer||Marin Cilic|
|Titles (2017)||92 (4)||17 (1)|
|Slams (2017)||18 (1)||1 (0)|
What can you say about that statistic. Federer is no doubt one of tennis’ greatest athletes of all time, proving that coming back after a six month break to win in Australia and backing that up with the Sunshine Double of Indian Wells and Miami, plus Halle.
Cilic has done well for himself, but Federer has to be put into a different class.
Year to Date W/L Record
|Year to Date||Roger Federer||Marin Cilic|
|All surfaces W/L||30-2||29-13|
Although Federer’s stats, even allowing for taking the entire clay court season off are impressive in relation to Cilic’s losses over the year, the grass court stats are quite close by comparison. This edges this towards a potentially closer match-up than you might expect, and hopefully something more befitting a final
Match Stats 2017
|Stats||Roger Federer||Marin Cilic|
|Tie-Breaks (grass court)||14-2 (6-1)||8-7 (5-2)|
|Deciding sets (clay court)||5-2 (0-1)||8-8 (3-2)|
There have been twice as many this year for Federer over Cilic, and the pair have played the same amount of tiebreaks on grass this year, but Federer has been the more efficient.
It sure is not easy to take Federer to a decider whereas Cilic has been duelling to the end a lot this year, although Federer lost his only decider on grass, and Cilic has had a little more clout.
Perhaps this is the only area where Cilic’s stats maybe stand up a little better. He has banged down more aces, and will obviously look to leverage that aspect of his game, and his winners dwarf Federer’s. He has been just a little more effective on his first serve though, and that might make the difference on Sunday.
Federer and Cilic will play for the Wimbledon 2017 Men’s title at 2pm BST.
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