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As Wimbledon glory beckons, Federer muses on life after tennis

As Wimbledon glory beckons, Federer muses on life after tennis

Unlike the champions of today who are used to banking seven-figure sums in prize money from the slams, Rosewall started off in the 1950s when he played for kudos and little else. Marin Cilic did it better.

Overall, Federer has sizzled in 2017, and if he produces his best tennis or an approximation of it, then it's hard to picture the Czech player winning more than a set.

Can Cilic stop Federer's dream run at Wimbledon?

Now vintage Federer is through to yet another final on London's hallowed grass courts without dropping a set for the first time since 2008.

It's such a high-stress situation at any time, but in the opening set of a Wimbledon semi-final the stakes can't be any greater. When he broke me back, he just played a great game.

Roger Federer's relentless pursuit of a record 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.

"It's been a huge build-up for him during his career with the amount of training he's done, the amount of matches that he's played, the conditions that he's played in and what he's put his body through".

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Or the way he extricated himself from a sticky situation down 3-2 in the third, facing break points at 15-40: 107 miles per hour (173 kph) ace, 116 miles per hour (187 kph) ace, 120 miles per hour (194 kph) service victor, 119 miles per hour (192 kph) ace.

Having taken the first set 7-6 after a tiebreaker, Federer was leading 1-0 in the second set and with the score tied at 4-all, he served one out wide to Berdych's backhand. Wearing shoes on his bare feet, Rosberg would've been denied entry to the Royal Box - but luckily his fashion faux pas was pointed out during a radio interview and he managed to find some, before taking in the men's semifinals.

Before Cilic could re-take that first serve a woman in the crowd fell from her seat, just to the left of Querrey, about five rows up.

Cilic is the second Croat to reach the Wimbledon final, following Goran Ivanisevic's victory in 2001.

Querrey won the first set 7-6 (6).

Federer had defeated 2010 runner-up Berdych 18 times in 24 matches before Friday and he was quickly in the ascendancy, breaking for 3-2. Switzerland's favourite son and fifth ranked Roger Federer is again in the finals of the Wimbledon.

He said they are taller and stronger; that they hit harder and can hurt him, although the same was said about his last victim 26-year-old Milos Raonic, whose analysis of Federer is that the 18-time Grand Slam victor is good at kicking you when you're down. "He crushed me at the US Open in 2014, he played lights out - hopefully he doesn't do that again".


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