Who should be winning Wimbledon- Federer or Cilic? IMO #17
I’m Will from Heighington Millfield Primary Academy, I am a keen journalist and sports fan, that is why I’m re-launching my sport-based series of articles called IMO (standing for ‘in my opinion’). I will add to this series once a month, so you can always look forward to some new sports articles arriving at the YJA website!
As I’m sure a lot of you tennis fans out there already know, the Men’s Singles Final will be between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic. From a neutral perspective, I really wouldn’t mind who wins, however, in my opinion, it should be Roger Federer who claims his eighth Wimbledon title.
At this moment in time, Marin Cilic is playing some of the best tennis he has ever played, but Federer is also finding his feet again. The Swiss wizard is quickly smashing every opponent that stands between him and the Wimbledon Championship, therefore there really shouldn’t be anyone that could possibly beat him.
In terms of world rankings, they couldn’t be closer as Federer is sitting in fifth with Cilic in hot pursuit of him, just sitting behind in sixth. This match isn’t only a Wimbledon final for Cilic, it could also be two other major things as well.
One of them is a chance to beat a great of the game, and the other is to possibly leapfrog him in the world rankings.
Despite the 35-year-old Federer getting on a bit, he is still playing some absolutely magnificent tennis. The odds are fully on his side now despite him only just beating Tomas Berdych in a really close game, which saw the both of them going one up and one down.
For me, what this game will come down to is experience, and Roger Federer has that in abundance. In my opinion, I can only picture the game going two ways and only one of them is good for Cilic. Personally, I believe that it will be either really tight with Cilic being pipped at the post or Federer will turn up and just smash him.
Some would disagree and say how the Croatian is currently playing beautiful tennis, but how many times has he been in a Wimbledon final and experienced that sort of immense pressure on his shoulders compared to Federer? The answer is hardly any at all!
Although the odds are fairly against Cilic, he still has to factor in that he is only the second Croat to reach the men’s final after Goran Ivanisevic won in 2001! If that isn’t adding even more pressure to step up for his country then he must have nerves of steel!
Not by any means was Cilic’s semi-final easy, but it certainly was easier than the match-up between Berdych and Federer. Despite Marin Cilic’s semi-final being easier, I think that this could work in his favour and he might have a head start right from the word go.
As Federer’s semi-final was a lot harder, he will have to balance resting and training carefully; Cilic’s semi-final was easier so he has been able to step up his preparation for the big match on Sunday.
Like I stated earlier, I think this can go two ways but, deep down, I believe that the outcome will be Federer claiming his eighth Wimbledon title.
Will, YJA Sports Correspondent
Senior Young Journalist
Year 6, Heighington Millfield Primary Academy