The coronation of Roger Federer at Wimbledon might not go on as scheduled

The sun seems to shine on Roger Federer at Centre Court, but Marin Cilic stands in the way in this year’s Wimbledon final. (Peter Klauzner/European Pressphoto Agency)

WIMBLEDON, England — The coronation scheduled for Sunday might not go on as planned. Updates will be pending. Complications could occur. Please stay tuned.

Two recent turns of evidence suggest that Roger Federer, seeking his record eighth Wimbledon title and his record 19th Grand Slam title to complement his record this and record that and record the other thing, might expect a slog in the Wimbledon men’s final against Marin Cilic. Just because Federer finds himself in a final without Novak Djokovic (who beat him twice here), Rafael Nadal (who beat him once) or Andy Murray doesn’t mean he caught a break.

In both the 2014 U.S. Open semifinals and the 2016 Wimbledon quarterfinals, the last two times he played Cilic, things got thorny.

Case No. 1: Cilic d. Federer, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

“He blew me off the court,” Federer said later.

Case No. 2: Federer d. Cilic, 6-7 (4-7), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3 (despite three match points against him).

“Definitely felt like I got lucky

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