Federer beat Tomas Berdych 7-6 7-6 6-4 in his semi-final on Friday and, on Sunday, the 35-year-old will bid to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles and the oldest champion in the Open era.
Cilic's four-set victory on Friday ended American Sam Querrey's dream run, and Cilic advanced to his first career Wimbledon final in his 11th appearance. The announcement was made after the Serbian took a medical timeout during the second set in the quarter-final against Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych. In the sixth game of the third set, after having won two close sets, Federer was in some trouble at 15-40 as he missed a lunging backhand volley. He ended with 13 aces and 53 winners, breaking twice from nine chances. "Just to stay calm and speak to the team, to take another decision that we were going to sit out and wait", Federer told the BBC after his 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4) 6-4 win.
"But I don't think I would have played that many, because if I had I would have been dead!"
"I can't quite believe it".
"He will come here to win the Rogers Cup, while Federer is the flawless player now".
"Last year against (Cilic) was brutal".
"Things got complicated and I got lucky to win past year". "It's a big deal, I love this tournament". Their only clash since then came at Wimbledon a year ago, where Cilic led by two sets before Federer came back to tally the final win of his injury-shortened season. "Hopefully he won't play like that again".
"[Cilic and Federer] met in the Wimbledon quarterfinals previous year, when Cilic took the opening two sets and even held a match point before Federer came all the way back to win, improving to 6-1 head-to-head". At Wimbledon past year, Cilic had held three match points in the quarter-final against Federer.
Money, which Rosewall now keeps neatly folded in a 14 carat gold paper clip he was awarded for winning the 1969 U.S. Open doubles title, played a significant role in his tennis career.
Sunday's final will be the fourth Grand Slam meeting between Federer and Cilic, and the second straight year the pair have met at Wimbledon.
"My mental toughness was on an extremely high level, considering that both of us played awesome tennis in the first set", Cilic said. I was able to come up with the goods when it mattered. I managed to turn it around.
Federer said: "It makes me really happy, making history here at Wimbledon. The serve and forehand were the shots where I could feel it the most and after that there was really no sense".
It was after the first of his five Australian Opens in 2004 that he claimed the world number one ranking for the first time. "I've played good matches here since my win in 2012".
Cilic dropped the opening set against Querrey, but soon found himself holding a two-sets-to-one lead.