Federer salutes injured "hero" Cilic

Sunday July 16 2017

Switzerland's Roger Federer (left) shakes hands with Croatia's Marin Cilic pose with their trophies after Federer won their men's singles final match, during the presentation on the last day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 16, 2017. PHOTO | ADRIAN DENNIS |

Switzerland's Roger Federer (left) shakes hands with Croatia's Marin Cilic pose with their trophies after Federer won their men's singles final match, during the presentation on the last day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 16, 2017. PHOTO | ADRIAN DENNIS |  AFP

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LONDON

Roger Federer saluted Wimbledon "hero" Marin Cilic after the injury-hit Croatian was reduced to tears during Sunday's emotional final.

Hobbled by a foot problem suffered in the first set of Federer's 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory, Cilic wept inconsolably on Centre Court midway through the second set after calling for medical attention.

The former US Open champion gamely played through the pain for the rest of a one-sided final before wiping away more tears during the trophy presentation.

Cheered by the capacity crowd, including Hollywood actors Bradley Cooper and Hugh Grant, Cilic was given a glowing tribute by eight-time champion Federer.

"It's cruel sometimes. He fought well. He's a hero, congrats on a wonderful tournament Marin," Federer said.

"You should be really proud, it's such a special occasion to play in a final. I hope we can play some better ones down the road. Well done."