The Semi-finals at Wimbledon 2017 Gentlemen’s Draw

Marin Čilić
Marin Čilić

In the semi-final of the big servers, 7th seed Marin Cilic (CRO) took on 24th seed Sam Querrey (USA). Both players having such huge serves meant it was going to be about which man returned better. Neither man could break as the first set went to a tie break. Former US Open Champion Marin Cilic was serving at 6-6 when a member of the crowd was taken ill. The delay seemed to unsettle Cilic as a backhand went woefully wide to give Querrey set point on his serve. Another loose backhand from Cilic saw the first set go to the American. Cilic channelled his frustrations at losing the first set into trying to break Querrey, who was the first American man to make it to the semi-finals of Wimbledon since 2009. Facing break points in every game of the second set, Querrey couldn’t hold on as Cilic broke and took the second set 6-4. It looked to be one way traffic as Cilic broke early in the third set but Querrey found his game again to break back forcing another tie break. Cilic held his nerve to take the tie break but a weary service game early in the fourth set saw the American break. As it looked to be going to a fifth set, Cilic raised his game to break back, and under the pressure of serving to save the set, Querrey couldn’t hold on. Cilic is through to his first Wimbledon final 6-7 6-4 7-6 7-5.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

3rd seed Roger Federer (SUI) and 11th seed Tomas Berdych (CZE) have a history of great battles, the Czech notably knocking the seven-time champion out of Wimbledon in 2010, but that was a different time, and arguably a different man. Federer came out of the blocks firing as he played some inspired tennis to break Berdych in the first set. It looked to be another straightforward affair but while Federer was showboating, Berdych was coming to the plate. The 11th seed played a great game to break back and force a tie break. Federer turned on the magic in the tie break to take the set. The second set was tightly contested going to yet another tie break which Federer took. The third set was a showcase for the magical Federer forehand and he broke to win the set 6-4 and go through to his 11th Wimbledon final.

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