Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic LIVE updates: ATP World Finals latest score and highlights Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic in three sets in London. Federer was already through the to semi-finals of this competition after beating Alexander Zverev and Jack Sock in Group B. Cilic, meanwhile, lost both of his matches to Zverev and Sock to end all hope of him qualifying for the semi-finals. Federer lost the first-set tie break 7-5 but came back with breaks in the second and third sets. Indeed, he ran away with the match in the third, breaking Cilic twice to secure a 6-7(5) 6-4 6-1 triumph. Relive all the action below with Express Sport. Federer 6-7(5) 6-4 6-1 Cilic – FEDERER WINS Federer, serving for the match, opens with a winner. Cilic is then wide for 30-0. A lovely backhand winner down the line hands Federer three match points. And he ends it as Cilic sprints across court only to fail to dig a forehand out and over the net. Federer 6-7(5) 6-4 5-1 Cilic BREAK At 15-15 Cilic nets. He’s looking weary out there now. But a strong serve levels up the scores again. At 30-30 Federer attacks Cilic’s serve, catching the Croat off guard. He tries a lob over Federer and it’s out… after a hopeful challenge. Break point to Federer… but it’s wasted. AGAIN Federer opens his body to attack the Clic second serve down the line but this time it’s wide. Deuce. Federer comes forward and gets the advantage. And he breaks once again as Cilic nets. BREAK Federer 6-7(5) 6-4 4-1 Cilic Two winners from Federer hands him two game points at 40-15. Cilic nets off Federer’s second serve down the T. And that’s the game. Federer 6-7(5) 6-4 3-1 Cilic Cilic heads 3-15 ahead with another neat forehand winner, having just before that offered up his 18th unforced error of the contest. These two have been evenly matched here up until the last 10 minutes. A Federer mistake makes it 40-15 but then the Swiss backhand volleys a Cilic lob to stay in it, before the Croat fluffs a volley at the net. Deuce. Federer, down the advantage, attacks a Cilic second serve by predicting the shot and opening up his body for a forehand… but his execution is bad and the ball flies wide. Federer 6-7(5) 6-4 3-0 Cilic Federer serves out to love with an ace, having survived a line call challenge earlier in the game. Federer 6-7(5) 6-4 2-0 Cilic BREAK A winner from Federer and then a weak forehand by Cilic give the Swiss a break point at 30-40. This could end up deciding the match. Wow! Cilic serves wide on his second serve and a lovely open forehand down the line from Federer wins it. BREAK. Federer 6-7(5) 6-4 1-0 Cilic Cilic is wide to hand Federer at 40-15 lead. The Swiss is rattled, however, as Cilic hits back with a return winner. Nevertheless, the game ends with Cilic netting a backhand. Federer 6-7(5) 6-4 Cilic BREAK – FEDERER WINS THE SECOND SET Cilic cannot find his mark with a backhand and Federer edges 15-30 ahead. The crowd sense a break (which may be a bit much at this point). Oh hello! Cilic hits wide again and Federer has TWO break points. And he gets it! Cilic hits long for the first break of the match and hands Federer the set. Federer 6-7(5) 5-4 Cilic Federer with a monster serve goes 40-30. This match is going at some speed now. Neither man looks particularly interested in breaking the other. Federer holds as Cilic goes long. Federer 6-7(5) 4-4 Cilic Cilic has got these topspin forehands spot on. He wins this game to love, with two of his winners down Federer’s forehand side. Federer 6-7(5) 4-3 Cilic The crowd are enjoying this. Federer nails a winner for 30-0 and then Cilic nets. Cilic stays in it with a winner coming to the net… but he cannot return Federer’s next serve. Federer 6-7(5) 3-3 Cilic Both men seem to be getting stronger on their serve. Cilic, 40-0 up, aces down the T. Federer 6-7(5) 3-2 Cilic In just as clinical a fashion does Federer secure his service game. There appears little chance of a break right now. Federer 6-7(5) 2-2 Cilic An ace from Cilic opens up a 40-15 lead. Federer then goes long on the next service return. That was swift compared to the previous game. FFederer 6-7(5) 2-1 Cilic Federer again moves 40-0 up, this time largely thanks to Cilic’s misgivings. The Swiss cannot wrap up the first game point (long) or the second (Cilic winner). Indeed, Cilic claims another point to bring it to deuce as Federer nets a smash. Federer then clips a routine forehand into the crowd. Saved with some lovely tennis from Federer, drawing his man to the net before volleying home the winner for deuce once again. Two deuces later and we’re still going/ Federer finally holds with a forehand winner, before Cilic nets. Federer 6-7(5) 1-1 Cilic Cilic nails an ace for 30-15. That’s number 15 for the match. Yet Federer wins the next two points to face another break point. This would be huge for the Swiss. But he doesn’t get a look in as Cilic nails a forehand winner, which has been his best weapon all match. Deuce. Another winner, almost a mirror image of the first, hands Cilic the advantage. And then he sees off the game for 1-1 in the second. Federer 6-7(5) 1-0 Cilic So, Federer is under the cosh (a bit). He races into a 40-0 lead, which includes an ace, but fluffs his chance to see out the game to love. Nevertheless, Cilic nets on the next service return. And that’s the game.  5-7 CILIC WINS THE FIRST SET Cilic and Federer enter a rally, the former getting lucky with a net cord. He eventually goes for the forehand winner and gets it. 5-6 MINI BREAK! Cilic with a gorgeous passing backhand volley at the net 5-5 Cilic misses a backhand down the line 4-5 Cilic smashes a defensive lob from Federer 4-4 After a huge rally – possibly the longest of the match – Cilic nets a backhand. BREAK back for Federer 3-4 Federer serves out wide and Cilic cannot return. Back to the Cilic serve… 2-4 Bosh! Federer sends a cracking serve down himself 1-4 Cilic has daylight here as he nails an unreturnable serve 1-3 Cilic comes forward to find his mark in the corner 1-2 Cilic BREAKS! Could that be all it takes to claim the first set? 1-1 Federer hits back with an ace 0-1 Cilic begins with an unreturnable serve. Federer 6-6 Cilic Federer, 30-0 up, attacks his own serve but volleys wide. Cilic then plants a forehand winner across court. Federer is having none of it though, edging 40-30 ahead and then acing to see off the game. Federer 5-6 Cilic A lovely passing backhand volley from Cilic at the net sees the Croat into a 30-0 lead. He comes forward again in the next point but gets it all wrong. Cilic seems determined to mix up his play here, especially on his own serve. But Federer is smart, returning a second serve with aggression that forces Cilic to net for 30-30. Cilic then goes on the offensive himself, pushing Federer off court with a winner to the Swiss’ left. Federer then nets to see out the game. Federer 5-5 Cilic Federer moves 30-15 ahead as Cilic goes long. But a wayward Swiss effort into open court levels the scores. Nonetheless, another Fed winner and a Cilic daisy-cutter into the net seals the game. This is surely heading for a tie-break. Federer 4-5 Cilic Federer takes the first point but then cannot return either of Cilic’s next two serves. A rally at 30-15 sees Cilic go long. That was a gift for Federer. And another present for the Swiss comes his way as Cilic nets when coming forward to volley a passing Federer backhand. Federer has a break point for the first time since the opening game but Cilic volleys again at the net and this time finds his mark. Deuce. Federer fluffs a return from a deep Cilic forehand… before Cilic plants the winner and the game with another topspin forehand. Federer 4-4 Cilic Wow that was quick. Federer rampaged to a love game with ease. And he immediately goes to change his racket. Federer 3-4 Cilic How did he do that? Federer not only reaches a backhand outside the court but gets it over the net. Cilic, almost surprised to have to finish off the point, lazily tries to volley home a winner and gets it all wrong. Superb stuff from the 36-year-old. Federer edges 30-15 ahead with a forehand volley but then goes long before netting, handing Cilic the opportunity to serve out the game. Federer 3-3 Cilic Federer goes long but comes back with the next two points before nailing an ace down the T. That’s seven for the match so far, three for Federer and four for Cilic. Cilic keeps in it but nets at 40-30 and we’re still with serve. Federer 2-3 Cilic Cilic is playing very short here. He’s trying to bring Federer forward but in doing so is susceptible to finding the cord, which he does to lose the first point of the game. A lovely backhand after forcing Federer wide levels up the scores for Cilic. He then nails an ace for 30-15, before Federer loosely nets a backhand. A fourth ace of the match sees out Cilic’s hold. Federer 2-2 Cilic Cilic comes to the net to plant a delightful backhand drop shot to open the game. Federer then almost plays him at his own game, advancing himself to backhand volley a winner for 15-15. Two points later and the Swiss is serving for the hold. Cilic nets and that’s the game. Federer 1-2 Cilic A superb serve and winner from Cilic hands him a 30-15 lead but Federer replies to square up. Yet Cilic seems in control here. He plans another winner before an unreturnable serve avoids another deuce on the Croat’s serve. Federer 1-1 Cilic Cilic moves 0-30 up only for Federer to halve the deficit and then draw level with a lovely forehand winner. The Swiss then nails an ace down the T and a nonchalant drop shot flummoxes Cilic, who returns wide. Federer 0-1 Cilic We’re underway in London. Federer has a break point already as a claims a backhand winner… but he nets on the next rally. Cilic saves two more break points after errors at deuce, before a winner hands him advantage.

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