LONDON, July 14, 2017
18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has reached a record 11th Wimbledon final. The 35-year-old from Switzerland has yet to drop a set at this year’s event, as he defeated Tomas Berdych on Friday 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 in two hours and 18 minutes.
“I feel very privileged to be in another final,” said Federer, who will play in his 11th final at The Championships, lifting seven trophies.
“I’ve got the pleasure to play on Centre Court another time. I can’t believe it’s almost true again. I’m happy to have a day off to reflect on what I’ve done at the tournament.”
Federer will take on Marin Cilic, who fought past US-American Sam Querrey, winning 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 in two hours and 56 minutes. The 2014 US Open champion advanced to his second Grand Slam final.
“It’s definitely great for me to be in the final of a Grand Slam again,” said Cilic. “I felt that my level of tennis in the past several weeks is really on a high level, and that has given me a lot of consistency with my mindset. Obviously, it’s going to be a big match for me. But it’s great thing that I have already played one Grand Slam final, and I believe it’s going to be easier to prepare.
“It would mean absolutely a world to me [to lift the trophy]. I feel that when I won the US Open in ’14, it just opened so many possibilities in my mind for the rest of my career. To be able to do it again would definitely mean, I would say, even more because I know how much it meant for me to win that first one. It would be absolutely a dream come true to win Wimbledon here.”
Federer leads their head-to-head series 6-1, including a 2016 Wimbledon quarterfinal win