Cilic faces pain & tears in Wimbledon Final
In pain and in tears, Marin Cilic never really had a chance. The big-serving Croat played with a blister on his left foot in Sunday's Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.
"It was definitely one of the unfortunate days for me," Cilic said after losing on Centre Court. "Fluid just came down under my callous in the foot. ... Every time I had to do a reaction fast — fast change of movement - I was unable to do that."
Cilic said he first felt the blister during his four-set victory over Sam Querrey in the semifinals. The 2014 U.S. Open champion said it wasn't that bad on Friday, but it got more serious that night.
"I felt that the foot wasn't so good. It wasn't so bad after the match," Cilic said.
"We tried to take some fluid out overnight, and yesterday in the morning it was worse. The doctors and physios were trying to help as much as they could. They really did the best they could, really helped a lot."
Federer broke twice to take the first set, and then broke again early in the second to take a 3-0 lead.
After that game, Cilic walked back to his changeover chair and broke down, tearing up as he covered his head with his white towel.
"It was a mix of emotions. Obviously a little bit of a frustration that I had that, and also trying to focus on the other side," Cilic said.
"It's a tough part when you're in that kind of situation. You know there is not much possibility that you're going to win. It's just actually fighting it through."
After the second set, Cilic called for a trainer and had his left foot re-taped.
"I really wanted to give my best," Cilic said, "to try as much as I could."
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