Cilic into first Wimbledon final at 11th attempt

Cilic into first Wimbledon final at 11th attempt”

Federer is simply playing some of his best tennis in quite some time, as he has everything working for him and is proving the time off can do wonders for a guy his age.

That knowledge is key for this match, according to Bjorkman.

After beating Milos Raonic in three sets on Wednesday he spared a thought for his 30-year-old rivals Murray and Djokovic.

"I believe I could have won another 10 more slams. So I know it's going to be a huge challenge". Murray recently spoke about his coaching team and how they were looking at the short term solution to help his Wimbledon title defense.

Victory was his in the 10th game when Berdych netted a weary forehand. And it's certainly up there with 2014 and 2015, when he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic.

Nicknamed "Muscles" because of his lack of them, Rosewall sometimes wishes he could have faced some of the greats of the modern era and would have "loved to have tried my chances against Roger". The problem is you can only play with a certain injury for a certain amount of time, because what you don't want happening is that it becomes chronic.

Williams was ruthless as she beat home favourite Johanna Konta on Centre Court, winning 6-4, 6-2 with a dangerous display of power. It is a Grand Slam that is arguably the most prestigious of the four tennis highlights of the year, but bare prestige is not why even all-time greats reach covetously for the prize-Wimbledon also showcases the best of tennis.

When asked about Berdych and the other semi-finalists, Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic, Federer used the word 'big' a total of seven times. "Whoever it is I will be ready". In the victory, Cilic won 88 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. "But the plan was always to hopefully be strong later on in my career".

He has, in fact, won another 17 since and the 19th appears as good as his, though Federer insists Friday's clash with his 31-year-old Czech opponent is no foregone conclusion.

It was after the first of his five Australian Opens in 2004 that he claimed the world number one ranking for the first time.

Cilic was unable to convert break points in the first and fifth games of the second set but the pressure eventually told and he broke through for the set-deciding game at 4-3. But his form seems to have returned as he has not dropped a set en route to the quarterfinals.

In the semi-finals last night, the third seeded Swiss defeated Tomas Berdych in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4, to set up a title clash with seventh seeded Croatian Marin Cilic. His dominance since 2011 to mid-2016 has dwarfed even those of Nadal's and Federer's in their respective primes, but the drop-off since he achieved the Career Slam by winning the 2016 French Open has been steep.

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