Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic, Wimbledon 2017 men's final live: What time does it start and where can I watch it?

Roger Federer enters the final as Wimbledon the clear favourite, having not dropped a set in entire the tournament.

Should he triumph, Federer, who turns 36 next month, will become the oldest winner of the Challenge Cup since tennis turned professional in 1968.

Marin Cilic is the man tasked with stopping Federer from winning a record eighth Wimbledon men’s singles crown when the pair meet in Sunday’s title showdown on Centre Court. But the history books are stacked against him.

In seven meetings against the tall Croatian, Federer has lost just once, a 2014 U.S. Open semi-final defeat as Cilic went on to claim his maiden grand slam title.

In last year’s quarter-finals at the All England Club, Federer saved three match points before edging out Cilic in five sets and the closeness of that match is comforting for the Croat.

Follow live coverage of Sunday’s final below…

Live Updates

49 secs ago

Players on their way

Federer and Cilic are currently making their way from the locker room to Centre Court.

3 mins ago

Does Cilic have a chance?

Tim Henman thinks so. This is what he had to say about the possibility of the Croat pulling off a huge upset:
“Federer is the favourite but Cilic definitely has a chance.
“To put it into context, I would say if they played 10 times I think Cilic could win twice – well, maybe two and a half times.”
Quotes from BBC

9 mins ago

What keeps Roger going?

The Swiss master is arguably the best tennis player of all-time – but he’s constantly striving to get even better.

13 mins ago

Hectic rush on Henman Hill

These fans were desperate to get a good spot on Heman Hill… or is it Murray Mound? 

25 mins ago

What else is on the menu?

Following on from the men’s singles final on Centre Court is the mixed doubles final – and there are a couple of Brits involved.
Henri Kontinen and Guernsey-born Heather Watson are looking to defend their title against the top-seeded pair of Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis.
Scot Murray won the title in 2007 alongside Jelena Jankovic, while Hingis won it in 2015 with Leander Paes.
Jordanne Whiley of Britain has already been in action today. She and Japan’s Yui Kamiji are the ladies’ wheelchair doubles champions after a 2-6 6-3 6-0 victory over Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot.

38 mins ago

From one Swiss player to another

Belinda Bencic will be cheering on Federer today:

40 mins ago

Cilic’s route to the final

First round: def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (6-4 6-2 6-3)
Second round: def. Florian Mayer (7-6 6-4 7-5)
Third round: def. Steve Johnson (6-4 7-6 6-4)
Fourth round: def. Roberto Bautista-Agut (6-2 6-2 6-2)
Quarter-finals: def. Gilles Muller (3-6 7-6 7-5 5-7 6-1)
Semi-finals: def. Sam Querrey (6-7 6-4 7-6 7-5)

47 mins ago

Federer’s route to the final

First round: def. Alexandr Dolgopolov (6-3 3-0 ret.)
Second round: def. Dusan Lajovic (7-6 6-3 6-2)
Third round: def. Mischa Zverev (7-6 6-4 6-4)
Fourth round: def. Grigor Dimitrov (6-4 6-2 6-4)
Quarter-finals: def. Milos Raonic (6-4 6-2 7-6)
Semi-finals: def. Tomas Berdych (7-6 7-6 6-4)

55 mins ago

A date with destiny

Roger Federer will begin his bid to become the first man to win eight singles titles at SW19 in just over an hour’s time (2pm start). 
The champion here in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012 must overcome the challenge of Marin Cilic, the US Open champion in 2014, if he is to achieve that feat. 

1 hour ago

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of men’s final day at the All England Club!

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What time is it?

The men’s singles final will start at 2pm on Centre Court.

Where will I be able to watch it?

BBC One will screen live coverage of the final.

Alternatively, check back from around 1pm onwards for game by game analysis and reaction.


Federer is chasing a record title (Getty)

What’s the head to head record like?

It doesn’t look good for Cilic fans. The pair have played each other seven times before, with Federer winning six of those clashes.

Federer won their only match on grass – a gruelling five-setter in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year – but Cilic did famously knock Federer out in the semi-finals of the 2014 US Open, which he went on to win.

What are their Wimbledon records like?

Roger Federer: 90-11

Marin Cilic: 27-9


Cilic is the underdog (Getty)

What have they been saying?

Roger Federer: “Thank God I’ve played also guys who were not called Rafa, Andy or Novak (in finals) in the past.

“From that standpoint I don’t want to say it’s more relaxed going into it because I have a good head-to-head record against Marin, even though the matches were extremely close.

“But it’s not like we’ve played against each other 30 times. You feel like you have to reinvent the wheel. It’s more straightforward, in my opinion. I think that’s nice in some ways. It’s a nice change, but it doesn’t make things easier.”

Marin Cilic: “I was one point away from winning a match over here against him. Definitely, I believe in my own abilities to get through and to win it

“But I still know that it’s a big mountain to climb. Roger is playing maybe some of the best tennis of his career at the moment, having a great season. So I know it’s going to be a huge challenge. But I believe I’m ready.”

What are the odds?

Roger Federer to win: 1/4

​Marin Cilic to win: 4/1 

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