Roger Federer made sporting history as he claimed an unprecedented eighth men’s Wimbledon title in front of a glittering array of royals and celebrities in London.
Federer put on a masterclass against Croatian Marin Cilic, who broke down in tears while being crushed by the 35-year-old Swiss in straight sets, with the 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 result sealed in less than two hours.
The first set went with serve early on, until Federer was able to snatch the decisive break in the fifth game, eventually going on to take the set 6-3.
It was then that Cilic turned on the waterworks, as doctors ran out to tend to his foot , but he was able to continue into the second set.
However, clearly affected, and was blown away 6-1 in less than half an hour by the great champion and again required the trainer to further re-examine his foot.
This is the moment Roger Federer became the first male tennis player to get his hands on the Wimbledon trophy on eight separate occasions
Roger Federer celebrates after beating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 at Wimbledon to claim his eight singles crown without dropping a set
Federer smashed down an ace to beat his 28-year-old opponent from Croatia in a somewhat one-side SW19 men’s singles final
Cilic breaks down in tears as he receives assistance during the final against Federer, which he never looked as though he was going to win after a slow start
With seemingly no way back against the dominant favourite, the emotion of the occasion and medical issues was all to much for the 28-year-old to bear
Mirka, the wife of Switzerland’s Roger Federer sits in the players box with their children as their father made Wimbledon history this afternoon
Cilic, 28, appeared to have pulled himself together physically and mentally in the third set, but Federer again stole a break at a crucial midway point.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among those watching on from Centre Court’s royal box, while Kate’s mother Carole and sister Pippa sat among the punters.
Player and crowd both were joyous when Federer slammed down an ace to finally seal the match and overtake Pete Sampras and become the most successful men’s player outright.
Meanwhile, it was a successful day for the Brits as Jamie Murray won the mixed doubles with Martina Hingis, after Jordanne Whiley won the women’s wheelchair doubles with Japan’s Yui Kamiji.
Theresa May, Sir Cliff Richard, Nigel Farage and Sienna Miller were among the famous faces spotted at the All England Club on Sunday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat in the royal box for the Wimbledon final for Roger Federer play Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon final
An adoring mob consisting of hundreds of fans wait below the Centre Court balcony as their hero stands above them holding his trophy aloft
Federer parades his trophy on the winner’s balcony, in something that is becoming a familiar sight for fans of the All England Championships
A smartly-dressed James Middleton smiles as he carries a tray of drinks to his entourage inside Centre Court
Meanwhile, over in the Royal Box the spectators are brought to raptures of applause by the action unfolding in front of them
Kate shows her tender side by wiping William’s chin after the price appears to spill a small smudge of something down himself
However, her mother Carole and sister Pippa were sat with the punters in the ‘cheap’ seats, which still cost well into three figures
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share a joke as Prince William points out something amusing inside the stadium
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The Duchess of Cambridge, who is a Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, takes her seat ahead of the big match on Centre Court
Carole, Pippa and James Middleton all sit together as the two tennis giants battle it out on the court for the Wimbledon title
And afterwards, Federer strongly hinted that his appetite for adding to his 19 Grand Slam titles will not show any signs of diminishing.
He said: ‘I guess it’s again disbelief that I can achieve such heights and I wasn’t sure I would ever be here again in another final.
‘i’ve had some tough ones here but I always believed I could come back here again. If you believe, you can go really far in your life. I kept on dreaming and believing.
‘It’s such a special court, so many legends have marked this court in the men’s and the women’s game.
‘It is very special and from day one to finals day, Centre Court is always packed and we appreciate that.
‘I hope it isn’t my final match here and hopefully I can come back next year and defend the title.’
Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent and Prince Albert II of Monaco look on from the centre court royal box
Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip arrive to take their seats in the Royal Box ahead of Sunday’s match
Mrs May appeared jovial as she shared a laugh with fellow spectators, despite her current troubles in her day job at Number 10
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, surveys the scene just before the players make their way out onto the court for the final
Michael of Kent and Prince Albert II of Monaco sitting in the Royal box as they watch the action unfold
Uma Thurman (left) and Sienna Miller (right) cheer during a point of the final between Federer and Cilic on Centre Court
Hollywood stars Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Garfield share a laugh inside the Royal Box just before the match gets underway
Redmayne then turned his affections another follow A-list actor in Bradley Cooper, who is a huge tennis fan and is seen at SW19 almost every year
Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper and French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault sat next to each other during the match
Aside from his tears, Cilic also made his emotions clear with a series of angry outbursts when he made mistakes, in front of an A-list crowd that featured Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Eddie Redmayne and Bradley Cooper.
The Croatian also vowed to try his best to reach another Wimbledon final in the future despite the bitter disappointment of defeat.
He said: ‘That’s what I did throughout all my career, I never gave up in a match. I gave my best and that’s all I could do.
‘I had an amazing journey here, played the best tennis of my life and I want to thank my team, who gave so much strength to me.
‘To all my fans in Croatia, it was really tough today, I gave my all and I hope I’ll come back one more time.’
Roger Federer’s wife Mirka and father Robert watch their son as he takes an one-set lead against Marin Cilic in the final of the men’s singles tournament
Chelsea football manager Antonio Conte took time out from his season’s pre-season schedule to watch the match on Centre Court
Golfer Justin Rose (left) and actor Hugh Grant (right), another Wimbledon regular, were also impressed by the tennis on display on centre court
Marin Cilic stretches to reach a shot from Roger Federer during the first set of their Wimbledon final on Sunday afternoon
Federer serves during the final, which he had not lost a set on the way to reaching. Cilic has had a far more arduous reach to Sunday’s climax
Marin Cilic found himself with it all today as Federer came out of the blocks with all the skill and brilliance of a man who has won every set this tournament
The 35-year-old Swiss kisses the Wimbledon trophy after comprehensively beating Cilic in one of the most one-sided finals in recent history
Cilic manages to crack a smile as he holds up his runner-up plate after losing to Federer in straight sets
Roger Federer and Marin Cilic lining up before starting their Wimbledon final – a first for Cilic, but Federer is already a veteran of 11 previous finals
At the start of the day, spectators without seats inside the stadium were seen sprinting up Henman Hill – or Murray Mound has it is now commonly known – in order to get the best seat on the traditionally atmospheric spot.
Most of them were there to cheer on Federer, who is currently tied with Pete Sampras for the most men’s individual titles with seven.
Despite twice being taken to tie-breaks he still made relatively light work of Czech tenth seed Thomas Berdych in straight sets, winning 7-6, 7-6, 6-4.
And in the face of a tough draw, the veteran’s cruise to the final could not have been more straightforward, not even dropping a set as he swatted past the likes of Berdych, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dmitrov.
Cilic had earlier booked his place with a comparatively epic 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5 with big-serving American Sam Querrey – who had earlier knocked out Andy Murray – and also went five sets with Rafa Nadal’s conquerer, Gilles Muller, in the quarter-finals.
Grime artist Stormzy (left) and acting siblings Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson (right) were also in the VIP area at the event
Ruth Negga, Dominic Cooper and Sienna Miller all pictured wearing Ralph Lauren at the clothing line’s VIP Suite, where Uma Thurman (right) was also present
Nigel Farage, dressed in a bright, white, pinstripe suit, and actor Eddie Redmayne (pictured with his wife Hannah) are among the famous faces spotted early at the All England Club on Sunday
Sienna Miller (right) was another of the celebrity faces dotted around Centre Court for this afternoon’s Wimbledon final
Sir Cliff Richard arrives at the All England Club (left). Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor (right) are also present this afternoon
Chelsea football duo Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso arrives at SW19 to watch the match between Federer and Cilic
Their teammate Cesc Fabregas was carrying a smart-casual look as he wore a blazer and white trainers, accompanied by girlfriend Daniella Semaan
Actress Rosamund Pike (left) and Vanessa Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret in The Crown (right), were also looking glamourous at Wimbledon
Other sports stars on the big day were former US Open tennis champion Greg Rusedski (left, with his son) and legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry (right)
Tamara Ecclestone’s husband, Jay Rutland, speaks on his mobile phone while out and about in the Wimbledon crowds
Michael McIntyre and his wife Kitty (left) will be watching the action on Centre Court, as will House of Commons Speaker John Bercow and his wife Sally (right)
Britain’s Jordanne Whiley (left) and Yui Kamiji with the trophy after beating Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot the Ladies’ Wheelchair doubles final
Earlier on the final day, Whiley and Kimiji beat Dutch second seed pairing Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 to win the women’s wheelchair doubles.
It was Whiley’s fourth Wimbledon title and her ninth grand slam doubles crown, in addition to her US Open singles victory.
‘Yui’s my best friend, I would do anything for Yui, I would try my hardest for Yui and I know she would do the same.’
Two of Roger Federer’s fans show their colours as they arrive with a cup of Pimms for the men’s final this afternoon
Spectators without seats inside the stadium were seen sprinting up Henman Hill – or Murray Mound has it is now commonly known – in order to get the best seat on the traditionally atmospheric spot
Another young man was very keen to make sure he got a prime seat on the bank in order to watch today’s men’s singles final between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic
And it did not take long for Henman Hill to start filling up with supporters, as crowds started forming more than two hours before Federer took to the court
Firemen pose in front of the Fred Perry statue outside of centre court. The clothing maker remains Britain’s most successful male at Wimbledon, with three titles
Spectators are led into the grounds at the start of the thirteenth and final day of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Club
Roger Federer makes his way through a a huge throng of spectators following his final training session before facing Cilic on centre court
The crowds were milling around the famous old site in plenty of time, as they did not want out on the best sports to watch the tennis
A young spectator carries a giant tennis ball to play with as more groups make their way inside the ground for the competition’s showpiece event
Federer practices ahead of his Wimbledon final with Cilic, in which he will be bidding to win the men’s singles title for a record eighth time