Roger Federer can become the first man in the century-plus history of Wimbledon to win the championship eight times. He will face Marin Cilic in the final. Federer, who turns 36 on 8 August, would also be the oldest men’s champion at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968.
Federer already owns a record 18 major titles. He is 6-1 against Cilic, including a victory in the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year when Federer came back after dropping the opening two sets and facing three match points. The only time Cilic beat Federer was in the semi-finals of the 2014 US Open, en route to his only major trophy.
Federer continued his resurgent season and unchallenged run through this fortnight at the All England Club by conjuring up just enough brilliance to beat 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the semi-finals Friday.
“It’s great, but it doesn’t give me the title quite yet. That’s why I came here this year,” Federer said. “I’m so close now, so I just got to stay focused.”
He has won every set he’s played in six matches, and while he did not exactly dominate against the 11th-seeded Berdych, Federer was never in much trouble.
Cilic reached his first Wimbledon final by eliminating 24th-seeded Sam Querrey of the US 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 with the help of 25 aces and some terrific returning.
“This is his home court,” Cilic said about Federer, “(the) place where he feels the best and knows that he can play the best game.”
Since equaling Pete Sampras and William Renshaw (who played in the 1880s) with a seventh trophy at Wimbledon in 2012, Federer has come this close before to No 8. But he lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2014 and 2015 finals.
Here comes another chance.
Federer would be the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era, which dates to 1968; as it is, he’s the oldest finalist since Ken Rosewall was 39 in 1974.
“I mean, I don’t see anything that would indicate really Roger is getting older or anything like that,” said Berdych, who wore sneakers with a silhouette of Djokovic’s face on the tongue because his own usual shoes were uncomfortable. “He’s just proving his greatness in our sport.”
With inputs from AP
Published Date: Jul 16, 2017 05:24 pm | Updated Date: Jul 16, 2017 05:34 pm