Federer Goes for Wimbledon History, Cilic Aims for Second Major Title in Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship


Federer Goes for Wimbledon History, Cilic Aims for Second Major Title in Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship

  • Federer Shares Wimbledon Record with Seven Titles, has 18 Major Crowns
  • Rematch of Last Year’s Epic Five-Set Wimbledon Quarterfinal
  • Cilic won 2014 US Open after Downing Federer in Straight Sets in Semifinal
  • “Wimbledon Surround” 3-Screen Option on ESPN3 and the ESPN App
  • Mixed Doubles Championship Live on ESPN: A Brit will Win, but Watson or J.Murray?
  • Gentlemen’s Singles Championship Encore on ABC at 3 p.m. ET


ESPN’s exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon will come to a dramatic conclusion with the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 16, with potential history to be made:  No. 3 seed Roger Federer – who shares the men’s record of seven Wimbledon titles among his 18 Major crowns – vs. No. 7 Marin Cilic, winner of the 2014 US Open, on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 a.m. ET.  An encore of the match will be aired on ABC at 3 p.m.  All the action, plus all the other televised courts, are available all day starting as early as 6 a.m. on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN App.  Chris Fowler will call the match with John and Patrick McEnroe.

  • 3 Roger Federer: 35, 6’1”, shares the record of seven Wimbledon titles (with Pete Sampras and, from the 1880s, William Renshaw) among his record 18 Major championships (18-10 record in Major finals).  Is the oldest man in a Major final since Ken Rosewall who was 39 at Wimbledon in 1974.  He has 92 career titles (four so far in 2017) and holds the record with a total of 302 weeks ranked No. 1.
  • 7 Marin Cilic: 28, 6’6”, 2014 US Open Champion (beating Federer in the semifinal 6-3, 6-4, 6-4).  Best previous Wimbledon result:  QFs 2014-16.  He has 17 career titles, including Istanbul this year, and is currently ranked No. 6 in world, equaling his career best.

Match Notes

  • Federer has won six of their seven meetings, including last year’s memorable Wimbledon quarterfinal, their most recent match and the only one on grass. It was an epic five-setter in which Cilic took the first two sets and had three match points in the fourth set before falling 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6. 6-3. Two years earlier, Cilic stunned Federer in their most significant match, the 2014 US Open semifinals.  The native of Croatia swept the Swiss out of the tournament in straight sets.

reakfast at Wimbledon at 8 a.m.

The championship match will be preceded by Breakfast at Wimbledon at 8 a.m., hosted by Chris McKendry.  The show will include:

  • An open voiced by British actor Clive Owen
  • An essay by Tom Rinaldi on the evolution of the incomparable Roger Federer through his career
  • A discussion of the meaning of Muguruza’s win and what it may portend for her going forward
  • An in-depth preview of the Gentlemen’s Championship
  • A look back, upon its 30th anniversary, at Pat Cash’s memorable climb into the stands upon winning the 1987 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship. Never done before, it became a tradition.

“Wimbledon Surround” on ESPN3

ESPN3 – online and streaming live on the ESPN App – offers an additional feed – “Wimbledon Surround” – for the semifinals and championships.  It has three boxes – the primary TV view, plus two more, each focusing on one player.

Mixed Doubles Championships Sunday

Following the Gentlemen’s Championship, ESPN will present the Mixed Doubles Championship where the local fans will be assured of cheering for a champion of their own:  Britain’s Heather Watson (teamed with Henri Kontinen of Finland) will play Jamie Murray, brother of local hero Andy, teamed with Swiss Martina Hingis, who has added three Major Women’s Doubles titles and four more in Mixed Doubles since she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.


Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)  
Sun, July 16 6 a.m. All TV Courts, all day;

The Wimbledon Channel (from AELTC)

ESPN3 Live
  8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship

Roger Federer vs. Marin Cilic


Mixed Doubles Championship

Watson/Kontinen vs. Hingis/J.Murray

ESPN / ESPN Deportes




  3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship

Roger Federer vs. Marin Cilic

ABC Encore




Dave Nagle

It was 33 years at ESPN for me as of November 2019 (the only job I’ve ever had) after joining merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at a robust $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals and Indy 500; Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, in addition to overseeing the Fan Relations, Archives and ESPNPressRoom.com, my main areas are tennis, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including ESPN’s history and growth.
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