He also became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win Wimbledon without dropping a set.
“The tournament I played, not dropping a set, it’s magical really,” Federer said in the postmatch ceremony with the trophy back in his hands.
Cilic, seeded No. 7, defeated Federer in straight sets in the semifinals of the United States Open on his way to the title. He had three match points against Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year before Federer prevailed in five sets.
A hard-fought, close match in this final would have been no surprise. Instead, it turned into a rout as Cilic struggled for consistency and with his emotions.
After losing the second set, Cilic took a medical timeout on court and received treatment on the bottom of his left foot for what his coach, Jonas Bjorkman, later said was a blister that had formed during Cilic’s semifinal victory over Sam Querrey.
Cilic said he continually received treatment on the blister before the match but found himself unable to change direction without pain. His tears, he said, were from frustration, not pain.
“It was just a feeling that I knew that I cannot give my…