Wimbledon: Roger Federer faces Marin Cilic in final

Virginia Carter
July 15, 2017

The victor of the match will face either Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in Sunday's final.

Whether the 2017 version of Cilic would let that happen remains unclear because he is undoubtedly playing some of his best tennis at the grass-court grand slam. Berdych, who fell to Federer 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Friday, said, "I don't see anything that would indicate Roger is getting older or anything like that".

Sam Querrey captures First Set 7 (8)-6 (6). Neither even had a break point in the first set.

This is his 70th Grand Slam and he has reached the final in 28 of those, though he did not dare dream of such statistics in 2003, when the 21-year-old Swiss burst into tears on TV as Sue Barker asked him about his first Wimbledon win.

Querrey won the first set 7-6 (6).

"Sam came out serving huge, hitting big", Cilic said.

Their past two meetings are the most notable, with Cilic scoring his only win against Federer at the 2014 U.S. Open, when Federer was expected to win the event until a red-hot Cilic simply took the racquet out of his hands en route to the title.

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A female spectator needed assistance in the stands during the tiebreaker. But Querrey won that point and the next one to take the set.

"It's unbelievable", said Cilic, "I've been playing really great tennis". "I was making him (play more) on his service games".

"But I still know that it's a big mountain to climb. I think he's just proving his greatness in our sport".

On Thursday, five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams hardly looked like she was 37 years old, defeating sixth-seeded Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 to advance to her 10th final and her first since 2009 at the All England Club.

He and Berdych have faced one another 24 times since 2004 and Federer has lost six - one of them in the Wimbledon quarter-finals seven years ago.

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. After losing in the Wimbledon semifinals past year, he took the rest of 2016 off to let his surgically repaired left knee heal.

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