Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Roger Federer leads oldest set of Wimbledon men's semi-finalists since 1970

Wimbledon 2017 Roger Federer Roger Federer leads oldest set of Wimbledon men's semi-finalists since 1970
Nicole Thomas | 15 July, 2017, 06:58

With a beyond impressive seven Wimbledon men's singles titles to his name, Federer is poised to earn an eighth this year. The score was 6-6 with Cilic on a second serve.

"I'm so happy I did it because my life extends beyond tennis and I wanted to be a good dad and good husband".

The Serbian retired hurt from his Wimbledon quarter-final clash with Tomas Berdych, and admitted afterwards that now could be the time to take a long break and get fully fit.

The Swiss maestro, 36 next month, played his best tennis of the tournament to dismantle the big-serving Canadian - avenging last year's semi-final defeat in stunning fashion. The break only lasted a couple of minutes, but Querrey won both points when play resumed, with Cilic missing a pair of backhands. But Querrey broke back to force another tiebreaker. But in the fourth-round win over Adrian Mannarino, Djokovic called for a trainer during the final set. He displayed sharpness and accuracy in overpowering Milos Raonic, who beat him previous year. In the victory, Federer won 90 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points.

The American started slowly against Andy Murray but improved as the match wore on and finished with 70 winners, 30 of which were from the net.

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Cilic has looked the more impressive and I feel he can gain some serious ground in the rallies if he attacks Querrey's backhand. "You know, kind of deflated me a little bit". That bested Pat Rafter, who reached the final in his eighth Wimbledon.

Federer plays world number 15 Tomas Berdych on Friday in the Wimbledon semi-finals and is now the overwhelming favourite to seal a 19th grand slam title.

Cilic is now 5-0 against Querrey and 3-0 against the American at Wimbledon.

Raonic saved five break points to force the third set into a tiebreaker but it was only delaying the inevitable and a backhand error from Raonic on Federer's first match point brought things to a close.

The final shot was another mighty forehand down the line, followed by a loud scream for everyone on the grounds to hear, perhaps even Federer and Berdych, waiting in the wings for their chance to play.

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