Twelve months on from Roger Federer’s battling five-set triumph over Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, the pair will once again step on Centre Court as foes, but this time in the final, with the winner walking away with the coveted trophy.
Federer was down two-sets-to-love against Cilic here last year, and saved three match points before he completed a remarkable comeback to advance to the semis.
The previous time they had met was when Cilic swept past Federer in three sets at the 2014 US Open en route to claiming his sole Grand Slam title to date.
On Sunday, the duo will face off for an eighth time in their careers, with Federer leading the match-up 6-1 head-to-head. It will be their fourth meeting in a Grand slam.
Here’s a closer look at the numbers and figures behind this showdown.
– If Federer wins the title, he’ll rise from No5 to No3 in the world rankings.
– Federer is bidding to become the first man in history to win eight Wimbledon titles. He would become just the second man in history to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam event, behind Rafael Nadal who has 10 Roland Garros trophies.
– Federer is 18-10 win-loss in Grand Slam finals. Cilic is 1-0.
– Federer is contesting a record 11th Wimbledon final. He’s the first man in the Open Era to reach 10 or more singles finals at the tournament.
– Federer is bidding for a tour-leading fifth title of 2017. Cilic is going for his second of the year.
– At 35 years 342 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon title.
– Federer is bidding to win a second Grand Slam title after turning 35. Ken Rosewall is the only other man to have won major titles after his 35th birthday in the Open Era.
– If Federer wins, it will mark the fifth time that Federer and Nadal have split the opening three Grand Slams of the year between them – but it will be the first time it has happened since 2010.
– It’s been five years since Federer last won Wimbledon. If he wins on Sunday, it will be the second-longest wait between men’s singles titles at Wimbledon in the Open Era. Jimmy Connors waited eight years between his first and second Wimbledon titles in 1974 and 1982.
– Of all his 18 Grand Slam titles, the Australian Open 2007 is the only time Federer won a major without dropping a set. If he beats Cilic in straight sets, this Wimbledon will be his second time winning a Slam without dropping a set.
– Federer is bidding to win his 19th Grand Slam title and join Helen Wills Moody in joint-fourth place on the all-time list for most Slam singles titles – men and women.
– Federer is contesting his 102nd match at Wimbledon on Sunday, tying Connors’ record for most matches played at Wimbledon in the Open Era.
– If Cilic wins the title, he’ll overtake Federer as the new world No5, and crack the top five for the first time in his career.
– Cilic is looking to become the first player to win the Wimbledon title on his debut in the final here since Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon crown in 2011.
– Cilic has a tour-leading 12 match wins on grass this season against just two losses. Federer is 11-1.
– Cilic is bidding to become the second Croatian player – man or woman – to win the Wimbledon title after Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.
– Cilic is bidding to become the first Croatian player – man or woman – to win multiple Grand Slam titles. Ivanisevic and Iva Majoli are the only other Croatians to have won a Grand Slam title in the Open Era.
– Cilic is looking to become the first player outside of the ‘Big Four’ (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray) to win Wimbledon since 2002, when Lleyton Hewitt won the title here.
– Cilic has lost 11 of his last 12 matches against top-five opposition at the Grand Slams. The one exception was his win over Federer at the 2014 US Open semis.