Roger Federer vows to attack in final against big hitter Marin Cilic | Kevin Mitchell

The Swiss master has been in imperious form at the All England Club but is wary of his Croatian opponent’s ace card and promises to go on the offensive

Marin Cilic played probably the match of his life when he beat Roger Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals of the US Open three years ago, on his way to lifting his only slam title to date, a performance he hopes to emulate in his first Wimbledon final on Sunday. The 28-year-old Croat is enjoying an excellent summer on grass and has the game to win a second slam, of that there is little doubt, but he is playing someone who is in his 29th grand slam final, his 11th at the All England Club, where he has already prevailed seven times.

That Flushing Meadows triumph was Cilic’s sole win over the Swiss in seven attempts and Federer has it hard-wired into a tennis memory that stretches back seven years further than his opponent’s debut, in February 2004. Two weeks before Cilic beat one Ivaylo Traykov in a Futures tournament in Zagreb that day, Federer was winning the second of his 18 slam titles, getting the better of the mercurial Marat Safin in Melbourne.

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