Raonic no match for in-form Federer in Wimbledon quarter-final loss

Suzanne Plunkett  Reuters

Suzanne Plunkett Reuters

In Wimbledon Men's Singles Semi Finals, Roger Federer from Switzerland and Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic are facing each other today at 7 PM IST.

Cilic and Querrey, both 6-foot-6, used their powerful serves to dominate most of the match.

Cilic was seen by many observers, including seven-times Wimbledon victor Federer, as the one player from outside the top five who could be a real challenger this year at Wimbledon and that appears to have also boosted the Croat's morale.

It began to look certain that this too would go to a tie-break, but at the last moment, Querrey double faulted, netted a forehand, and Cilic had match points. He also blew a break lead in the third but eventually won it in a tiebreak.

Querrey was a break to the good again in the fourth set, but Cilic clawed his way back to 4-4 before claiming victory with another power-packed forehand victor. In the seventh game of Cilic made a break and opened the way to restore parity.

At 3-3 in the second Cilic struck, a superb backhand victor down the line on break-point giving him the advantage in the set that he never looked like losing. The two played at Wimbledon were five-set marathons, the most recent going 17-15 in the fifth, the second longest singles match in Wimbledon history, lasting five and a half hours.

Cilic struck 25 aces against the American and in truth, could have won in three sets.

Tony O'Brien  Reuters
Tony O'Brien Reuters

The tall Croat had dropped just nine points in 78 first serves and not a one of the 19 in the final set. and he ended with 70 winners to 21 unforced errors.

Big sister Venus is keeping the family flag flying at the All England Club, reaching Saturday's final where she will face Spain's Garbine Muguruza. "I had that break in the fourth".

"It's unbelievable. I have played really well from the start of the tournament", said 28-year-old Cilic.

"I think that just gave me a little bit more reassurance in myself, and obviously a great power that I managed to get to that level".

Americans will play for the girls' title at Wimbledon.

Querrey, the 24th seed, is seeking to become the first man from the United States to make it to a Grand Slam tournament final four since 2009.

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