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Roger Federer and Marin Cilic meet in the Wimbledon men's final on Sunday, but who will prevail?


Federer is bidding to win his 19 th Grand Slam and record-breaking eighth title at Wimbledon, while Cilic is aiming to win his second major, having won the US Open in 2014.

After losing in the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year and then taking six months off following a knee injury, there were some doubts whether Federer would return to the top of the game.
But 2017 has been a golden year so far for the Swiss. He kicked off the year by winning the Australian Open before victory in Indian Wells, Miami and then the grass courts at Halle.

He is yet to drop a set at Wimbledon and is into his 11th final at the All England Club. He last won the tournament in 2012 and is currently tied with Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles.

"I don't see anything that would indicate Roger is getting older or anything like that. I think he's just proving his greatness in our sport," said Tomas Berdych after his straight-sets semi-final defeat to the 35-year-old.

"If you look at the other guys who are 35, 36, I think you can very clearly see that the age and the years on tour are affecting them. But not with him."

"Marin is just really good," said Querrey after defeat on Friday. "He's tough on both sides. I kind of felt like he pushed me around a little bit today. He just does everything really well... He didn't seem to have many holes.

"I played him a handful of times before. Lost a bunch. But he did seem to play at a really high level today."

Cilic's only victory over Federer was in the semi-finals of the US Open in 2014, when he won in straight sets before going on to clinch his first major.

Cilic boasts one of the biggest serves in the game and also some of the most powerful groundstrokes, which were described as "awesome" by John McEnroe after the pair met in the 2014 US Open semi-final.

He has hit 130 aces at Wimbledon this year, behind only Querrey (139) on the leaderboard.
Jonas Bjorkman, who started coaching Cilic last autumn, told Sport360 that they have been "working a lot on the volley"

The Swiss has also been clinical at the net, winning at least 70% of points when he has come forward in every completed match he has played.

One of his most noticeable improvements under coach Ivan Ljubicic has been on the backhand side.
He told Le Matin earlier this year: "Before Seve [Luthi, coach], then Ivan insisted on a simple concept: "Take the ball early especially on return. No one is stronger than you inside the baseline."



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