Wimbledon | Federer first man to reach 11 finals at same Slam

Amos Gonzales
July 15, 2017

Querrey was impeccable for portions of the match, finishing with 70 winners and only 30 unforced errors. Although when it gets to 22-all in the fifth between Cilic and Querrey, I might change my mind.

"I'm unbelievably excited, I hope I can play one more good match". But it doesn't give me the title quite yet. Yes it would, but I can't help myself when I say I enjoy watching a marathon final set. After losing in the Wimbledon semifinals past year, he took the rest of 2016 off to let his surgically repaired left knee heal. I got really lucky to win.

"Marin's a lovely guy, I'm happy for him he's in his first Wimbledon final".

"I think he's going to be a force in tennis for a few more years". "Hopefully he won't play like that again".

The Swiss, level with Britain's William Renshaw and American Pete Sampras on seven titles, is rejuvenated after taking a six-month break past year and enters the final as the clear favorite having not dropped a set in the tournament. It was Federer's 90th career Wimbledon victory, extending his record.

Cilic, the first Croatian to appear in a Wimbledon singles final since Goran Ivanisevic triumphed in 2001, is looking to become the first man from his country to win multiple grand slams.

Given his advancing years, Federer has carefully compiled his schedule this season and opted to miss the entire clay-court swing - including the French Open - to focus on Wimbledon, and it is a gamble that could deliver the ultimate reward.

"My mental toughness was on an extremely high level, considering that both of us played fantastic tennis in the first set", Cilic said.

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"If anyone is to break it, I won't be sorry to see the record go to somebody like Roger", added Rosewall, who was in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Wimbledon Pro event. I managed to turn it around.

Add in the fact he has been nearly unstoppable this season, winning four of the six events he had entered - including an 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January - many pundits and rivals believe Federer is playing some of his best tennis this year. He could also join Borg and Nadal (who have three each) as the only men in the Open era to win multiple Slams without dropping a set.

"I was 33 when Open tennis came in".

It was after the first of his five Australian Opens in 2004 that he claimed the world number one ranking for the first time. Their 2012 meeting was the second-longest Wimbledon match ever at 5 hours, 31 minutes.

Cilic dropped the opening set against Querrey, but soon found himself holding a two-sets-to-one lead.

The Croatian went down a break in the fourth set but climbed back to 4-4 with a break-back.

"Williams will face GarbiƱe Muguruza, 23, who had little trouble dispatching Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1, on the strength of a reliable first serve and profitable ventures to the net: Muguruza won 18 of the 24 points in which she approached the net".

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