Emotional Federer makes more history with 20th grand slam title

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Cilic, who lost a Wimbledon final in straight sets to Federer last July, owns just one win from 10 meetings with Federer, a U.S. Open semifinal in 2014.

The Croatian got out of trouble by winning the second set in a tiebreaker only to see Federer strike back by taking the third.

The pair alternated as Cilic pulled even at two sets each.

But Federer started the fifth set with a break and piled on another before clinching the record-setting win on the first of three match points on Cilic's return error.

"I'm feeling a little bit obviously disappointed, which is normal," Cilic said. "It was a big battle, five sets. I managed to turn it around.

"In the fourth set, it was a big boost for me with the game that I played on 3-2 when he was serving. Then that lifted me a lot up. I started to play great tennis.

"I was hitting the ball great. I was just playing phenomenal. Then first game of the fifth set was more or less crucial at the end with having those four break points that I didn't convert.

"It just ran away from me. But I'm really happy with the performance. It was difficult with conditions."

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Federer said that his thoughts may have intruded onto his tennis at points during the tight match.

"I got off a flyer, but I froze a bit in the tiebreaker at the end of the second set. I got nervous and couldn't take control.

"I got tight but Marin helped me a bit in the third and fifth sets (with errors). But he was calling the shots in the fourth.

"My mind was all over the place, I told myself not to mess it up."

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