Unstoppable Federer races to record with eighth Wimbledon title
Cilic called for the trainer in the second set after 50 minutes on court and broke into tears as he was spoken to by a doctor before burying his head under a towel.
The Croatian played on but never looked close to derailing the Federer juggernaut. He was later treated for an apparent foot or ankle problem.
Federer, 35, becomes the first man in history to lift eight singles titles at Wimbledon; the Swiss was also overcome by emotion as he awaited the trophy ceremony.
"What is even better than holding the trophy is just being healthy," Federer said. "It feels great and it means the world to me
"To be back (after six months off in mid-2016 to heal a knee injury) feeling great, holding the trophy and not dropping a set, it's magical, I can't believe it yet. It's too much really."
His 19th grand slam overall is Federer's second this season after winning the Australian Open; he also owns trophies from the Indian Wells and Miami Masters and the Halle grass event.
Federer is the first since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win Wimbledon without dropping a set.
He iced the historic victory with his eighth ace, and broke Cilic five times from 20 chances. Federer posted 23 winners and just eight unforced errors.
"It's unbelievable that I could win an eighth Wimbledon title," the Swiss said. "I cannot believe that I've achieved such heights.
"You are never sure if you will be here for another final, but I hope to come back and defend next year.
"You have to always believe, that can go far in life. I kept believing and dreaming - it's fantastic."
Federer now owns 91 Wimbledon match wins, most in the Open era.
Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, did not elaborate on his distress during the match, but said he gave his all.
"I battled throughout, I never gave up. I gave my best - that was all I could do," he said. "I had an amazing journey here, I played the best tennis of my life.
"I really hope to come back and try it one more time."
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