Croatian Marin Cilic reached his first Wimbledon final with a hard-earned 6-7 (6) 6-4 7-6 (3) 7-5 win over resilient American Sam Querrey on Friday. Federer acknowledged that it's a pleasant surprise to enter the semi-final stage as the Last Man Standing from the Big 4.
A journalist in a news conference said Sam Querrey was the first USA player to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since 2009 after beating Murray on Wednesday. "So, here I am again to support Roger". I had a pretty good run so far.
With a 6-1 career record over Cilic, he will be the overwhelming favourite to break the tie for seven Wimbledon titles he has shared with Pete Sampras ever since his last triumph at the tournament in 2012. Federer has, plenty of times, and he'll be looking for his eighth title at The Championships. Federer had the first break point, but the Czech was able to pull through.
Federer was already a break up in the third set, with the scoreboard on Centre court showing him leading 5-3 when he chose to give his fans a shot to remember.
- His previous best in London had been three successive quarter-final appearances from 2014 to 2016.
Federer leads 6-1 in the head-to-head series against Cilic. "I'm just very happy that I'm still doing so well". "It's not the shoulder, it's the elbow that has kept bothering me for over a year and a half".
MARIN CILIC stands one win away from a first Wimbledon title after brushing past Sam Querrey to book his place in the final.
Few probably thought it would take him as long as it has to have a shot at glory, but finally - after several disappointments the All England Club - Cilic will step out on Centre Court for the final Sunday. "He's a really exceptional tennis player". I kind of felt like he pushed me around a little bit today. "I was playing really great tennis from the first round", tweeted Cilic. "But for me it's about playing my own tennis and focusing on my own game", he said after the match.
Querrey is the first American man to reach the semifinals at a major tournament since Andy Roddick was the Wimbledon runner-up in 2009.
It wasn't until the fifth game of the set that Roger had his next two break points. But Querrey broke back to force another tiebreaker. So I think that's all I can say about that. Querrey converted on two of three break attempts, while Cilic missed many more, but he also had many more.
"Unfortunately it came at a time where there was a huge event for him and I just hope he can get the necessary treatment, diagnosis, or whatever, rest and come back stronger than he was before".style="text-align: center;"