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Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Jul 2017 10:59:41


Federer outclasses Berdych to storm into 11th final

LONDON,

July 14,

(Agencies),

ROGER Federer’s relentless pursuit of an eighth Wimbledon title continued as he beat stubborn Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-4 to reach the final for the 11th time on Friday. The 35-year-old Swiss was given a tough test by the 11th seed, who beat him at the same stage in 2010, but raised his game at the crucial moments to become the oldest men’s singles finalist here since Ken Rosewall in 1974.

Rosewall, 39, went on to lose to Jimmy Connors but Federer will be a huge favourite to reclaim the title against big-serving Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday. Federer has now reached 29 grand slam finals, winning 18, and he has carved his way through the draw without dropping a set.

This was his toughest test so far, though, as Berdych put in a solid shift at the coalface to keep Federer on his toes.
Twice he dragged Federer into tiebreaks but on both occasions he was helpless as Federer simply flicked the switch, conjuring winners at will to move two sets ahead.
Berdych refused to throw in the towel and even had breaks points at 3-3 in the third set, only for Federer to smash down three aces and an unreturnable serve.

Federer, who took six months off after losing in the semis last year, broke in the next game and the end came quickly as he held serve at 5-4 to seal his 90th win at the All England Club.Federer said he felt privileged to get into another Wimbledon final. “I feel very privileged to get into another final. I know how much it means to some players to go out on Centre Court at any time in their career, and I’ve done it so many times and now get to do it in a final again. “I can’t quite believe it. I’m glad I have a day off tomorrow to get ready. It was a long way back last year was so difficult to stay calm and speak to the team and take the decision to wait a bit longer and take more time out. I’m so glad I did it because I gave my body a rest and got to have a life outside of tennis. “There were doubts I’d never come back and play on Centre Court, but I’ve done it many times and would like to thank Wimbledon for putting me on Centre Court every match this year.

“Last year against (Sunday’s final opponent) Marin (Cilc) was brutal. I got really lucky to win. He’s a lovely guy, I’m happy for him he’s in his first Wimbledon final. He crushed me at the US Open final a couple of years ago. Hopefully he won’t play like that again.”