The incredible point that summed up Federer's dominance

With AAP

If there was one point that typified how good Roger Federer's eighth Wimbledon title was then it came at 2-2 in the first set of the final against Marin Cilic.

Federer re-wrote history at the All England club after clinching the 19th Grand Slam title of his illustrious career by beating the Croatian in straight sets.

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The crushing 6-3 6-1 6-4 triumph over the wounded Cilic saw the 35-year-old Federer become the oldest champion at The All England Club since 1930.

After a tense opening to the match where both players claimed their first two service games, Federer lay down the gauntlet in ominous style against the Croat.

0-15 up on the Cilic serve, Federer showed there's still plenty of life left in his 35-year-old legs with an incredible point that changed the momentum of the match.

Cilic had the Swiss scrambling to reach a drop-shot and then looked to have the point won when he sent Federer's effort cross-court toward the doubles lines.

Federer hit the incredible winner from the doubles lines. Pic: Getty

Astonishingly though, Federer somehow managed to run the shot down, before hitting an extraordinary down-the-line backhand winner from almost out of court.

Contesting his record-extending 11th final, Federer had Cilic on the back foot from the first point, the rangy Croat caught off guard by the speed of the third seed's opening return and clumsily landing his reply before the net.

Two more forehand errors handed Federer a break point just two minutes into the contest.

Cilic held firm with a body serve before turning the tables and piling pressure on Federer in the fourth game with some heavy baseline hitting.

But the Swiss turned the tables in the fifth game with arguably the point of the match, and he never looked back after going on to to claim the break of serve and eventually the first set.

There was high drama after Cilic dropped his first service game of the second set to quickly fall 3-0 behind.

Cilic broke down in tears midway through the match. Pic: AP

He broke down in tears at the ensuing changeover, called for a trainer and doctor and also had the tournament supervisor on hand.

The sixth seed played on, but was powerless to stop Federer sweeping to a two-set lead before on to take the third, wrapping up victory in his 29th grand slam final after only one hour and 41 minutes.

"It's disbelief that I can reach such heights," Federer said.

"I was never sure if I was going to be back here in another final, but I always believed that I could come back and do it again.

"It means the world to me, just feeling great and holding the trophy."

The Swiss marvel has never before won the crown without dropping a set, the rare accomplishment matching his 2007 Australian Open feat when in his absolute pomp.

"It's magical. I can't believe it really. It's too much," Federer said.

The resurgent 19-times grand slam champion will now head to New York next month chasing a 20th major as a 36-year-old father of four.