There is always a glow when Roger Federer plays on the court. 2017 is seeing his most vibrant performance after 2012. He has reached his 11th Wimbledon final after winning the Australian Open last January. Marin Cilic, his friend and rival, is the only hurdle he needs to pass for creating history.
Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Centre Court en route to his 29th Grand Slam final which is seven more than any other player this game ever had. Federer announced that he was satisfied with his win in two hours and 18 minutes. On the contrary, Marin Cilic took two hours and 56 minutes as he faced a strong challenge from Sam Querrey. Remarkably, Federer has reached the final without dropping a single set. Cilic dropped only three sets and he will offer strong competition.
Berdych said later, “I don’t see anything that would indicate, really, Roger is getting older. This guy doesn’t seem to slow down at all. I think I played really good tennis throughout the whole tournament. But, unfortunately, I faced a guy who is playing by far the best tennis right now.”
Route to the final
R1: 6-3 3-0 Dolgopolov
R2: 7-6 6-3 6-2 Lajovic
R3: 7-6 6-4 6-4 Zverev
R4: 6-4 6-2 6-4 Dimitrov
QF: 6-4 6-2 7-6 Raonic
SF: 7-6 7-6 6-4 Berdych
R1: 6-4 6-2 6-3 Kohlschreiber
R2: 7-6 6-4 7-5 Mayer
R3: 6-4 7-6 6-4 Johnson
R4: 6-2 6-2 6-2 Bautista-Agut
QF: 3-6 7-6 7-5 5-7 6-1 Muller
SF: 6-7 6-4 7-6 7-5 Querrey
Head to head
Federer and Cilic have met seven times in Grand Slam competitions. Federer has a 6-1 lead over Cilic. The Croat won in the semi-finals of the US Open in 2014 on the way to his only Grand Slam title.
Best Wimbledon performance
Federer: Winner (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012)
Cilic: Final (2017*)
Records to be broken by Roger Federer
35 years 342 days old Roger Federer will be the second oldest man to play a Grand Slam final after Ken Rosewall in the Open era. The Swiss Tennis great now shares the record of seven singles titles with William Renshaw and Pete Sampras. If he wins the title on Sunday he will become the first person to claim a record of eight Wimbledon titles and 19 Grand Slam titles.
Marin Cilic, the current world No 6, has the ability to challenge Federer more than anyone he has faced so far. But it is impossible to believe that Marin Cilic will outperform Roger Federer. Federer might lose a set, but his form says that he will lift the Wimbledon trophy for the eighth time.