Wimbledon Men’s semi-finals set as Federer looks the man to beat

 

By Jake Davies

  • Tomas Berdych [11] vs Roger Federer [3]
  • Sam Querrey [24] vs Marin Cilic [7]
LONDON, UK – Roger Federer still very much looks like the man to beat as the men’s singles semi-finals are set.

 

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Tomas Berdych [11] vs Roger Federer [3] H2H: Federer leads 18-6

The Men’s quarter-final day sent shockwaves through the tennis world. Andy Murray exited at the Quarter-Final stage, just like he did in 2014, while World No.4 Novak Djokovic was forced to retire because of an elbow injury, which allowed Tomas Berdych to reach the semi-final for a second straight year.

Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer have met at Wimbledon before. Who can seriously forget the memorable Wimbledon 2010 meeting where Berdych managed to accomplish what still remains one of his best Grand Slam victories, when he beat Federer on his way to a first and only Grand Slam final – but can the Czech reinvent himself yet again and cause an even bigger upset in 2017?

Berdych has flown under the radar. He usually plays well at SW19, he is one of the few outside the Big Four that actually knows how to get to Wimbledon finals and he also has had Federer’s number in some of their match-ups in the past.

Federer virtually bulldozed his way through the draw, beating tough grass court players in Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic, and is yet to drop a set. I think the Swiss man will do what he has done for the two weeks. He is playing the role of the aggressor and preventing very aggressive opponents from getting the first strike in the rallies. For Federer it is about suffocating his opponent before they get the opportunity to return the favour – everything is on the Swiss’ terms, which makes him an even greater threat on his beloved Centre Court.

Prediction: Federer in straight sets

 

Sam Querrey [24] vs Marin Cilic [7] H2H: Cilic leads 4-0

Two former Queen’s Club winners will seek a first Wimbledon final, which is a phenomenal opportunity for both. I think both players would have signed up for this scenario at the beginning of the tournament. Marin Cilic has a 3-0 head-to-head record against Sam Querrey on grass, but Querrey is playing serious high-tempo tennis, which can be hard to withstand on this surface. He will feel buoyed after his best ever win against World No.1 Murray and he effectively has nothing to lose in this match-up.

Physically Cilic is in a much better place than Querrey. He has made light work of the rest of the field so far and he is showing that the matches he competed in at Queens has helped him find his feet on the grass, after making the final in the grass court tuneup event.

Cilic has looked the more impressive and I feel he can gain some serious ground in the rallies if he attacks Querrey’s backhand. Murray did not do that enough, while Cilic should be ruthless and persistent enough to beat that wing into submission to progress to his second Grand Slam final.

Prediction: Cilic in four sets

 

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