The resurgent 19-times grand slam champion will now head to NY next month chasing a 20th major as a 36-year-old father of four.
"My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here". I gave my best. "I don't do it often (bet) but when I do it, I make sure to do it properly". It's just belief, that I can achieve such heights.
"It's been tough at times, but that's how it's supposed to be".
Federer dominated the final, cruising to a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory in an hour and 41 minutes, reports Efe news agency.
Federer scented blood and quickly polished off the first set before breaking Cilic to lead 3-0 in the second. The injury caused Cilic to have his worst set of the matchup by scoring only a single point.
Crying into his towel as the doctor assessed him, Cilic appeared close to throwing in that same towel.
The Croatian roused himself to hold serve after his fit of sobbing and stood firm through the first six games of the third set. Only on the fourth attempt, Federer made the break and opened the way to a historic victory at his favorite major.
"Better than holding the trophy and winning today is to be healthy", said Federer.
"I was hoping to be in good shape when the grass court season came around", said Federer who, for good measure, also pocketed back-to-back Masters at Indian Wells and Miami as well as a ninth Halle grass court crown. In recent time, Marin Cilic has done a lot of damage to Federer as he failed to convert three match points in the quarter-finals a year ago. Basically the answer was always the same from them: "that they thought if you're 100% healthy and you're well-prepared, you're eager to play, then anything's possible", Federer explained.
"Maybe when you're doubting yourself, they reassure you", added Federer.
"And yeah, I was nearly shocked in the moment that it all came together so nicely".