Never dreamed of becoming Wimbledon legend: Federer

Martes, 18 Jul, 2017

Throw in 19-year-old Naomi Osaka, 21-year-old Donna Vekic and 25-year-old Coco Vandeweghe, and it is a clear a new crop of challengers is ready to emerge.

Rodger Federer won the Wimbledon and entered the history as the most successful player of the most prestigious tennis tournament. After losing in the Wimbledon semifinals last year, he took the rest of 2016 off to let his surgically repaired left knee heal.

It means the Swiss player is now the outright leader in titles won at Wimbledon after earning one more than Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.

The Swiss superstar swept into a 3-0 lead in the second set and at the changeover, Cilic slumped in his courtside chair in tears and in obvious pain.

With finals, one never knows, but factor in what Cilic reminded everyone on Friday: "I have won a Grand Slam already".

He posted a photo of himself with Federer, adding: "Good luck in the final tomorrow, @rogerfederer!"

Defying age and wounded Marin Cilic, the 35-year-old snared another large chunk of history with a runaway 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory at the sport's spiritual home.

"I'm in for a tough one".

During Wimbledon, he has not lost a set through six matches. On Wednesday there's the Westpac leading index, and on Thursday there's the monthly jobs data.

"Oh, come on", Muguruza responded at first, trying to brush off the question. Federer's variety is rightly legendary, but the core of his game is his powerful forehand, with which he can strike winners from all over the court. Cilic is wanting to hold tight sufficiently long against Federer to end up noticeably the second Croatian player to win Wimbledon. He would also become the second man to win 8 titles at the same Grand Slam. "It was very difficult to deal with it".

If there is an upset, it will be down to Cilic being in the zone - a place he is known to occupy on occasion. He's nearly two metres tall. But, he should still have enough to get through this match. Some addressed Federer going in, however he is yet to try and lose a set in Wimbledon Final 2017 live this competition. Cilic cannot afford to squander any opportunities in the final and will need to attack from the word go. "If I do that, maybe things are actually possible I didn't think were". The Swiss tennis legend has the best horoscope amongst anyone to have played tennis.

By the end of the second set, he had served just two aces compared to the 130 he had fired past bamboozled opponents in his previous six rounds.

During the tournament, he has saved a striking 16 out of 20 break points as against 14 out of 24 for Cilic. But parse the statistics over the calendar year 2017, and particularly for this tournament, the picture alters somewhat. Federer chose to skip the clay season altogether to be fresh for grass, a move that now seems like a masterstroke given how both Murray and Djokovic succumbed to injuries. To all my fans in Croatia and here, it was really tough today. On the other hand, the third seed had little trouble beating Raonic in his last-eight match.

This post was syndicated from First, he ended his Slam drought by winning the Australian Open in January.

The match that preceded this one, at the US Open in 2014, is worth considering as well, when a brutal Cilic, playing with a blithe and untroubled power, crushed him in three straight sets en route to picking up his only Grand Slam title.

Never count out Roger Federer.

Contesting his 102nd match at Wimbledon, Federer notched his 91st victory at the All England Club - seven more than next-best Connors (84).