Tomas Berdych: 'Roger Federer is the greatest of them all'

Switzerland's Roger Federer is the second-oldest man to reach the Wimbledon final behind Ken Rosewall
MATTHEW CHILDS REUTERS Switzerland's Roger Federer is the second-oldest man to reach the Wimbledon final behind Ken Rosewall
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14 Julio, 2017

Tomas Berdych, Federer's semifinal opponent, had his heart broken on Centre Court in the 2010 final by Rafael Nadal.

LONDON - Is the Big Four no more?

He is the one player remaining that prevents the last four standing becoming a thunderous shoot-out of short rallies.

Despite his advancing years, the Federer engine appears to be running as smoothly as ever and today he bids to become progress to final as he bids to become the first man in history to win eight Wimbledon titles. Through the first five rounds of the tournament, Federer has yet to drop a set.

"Preparation-wise I believe in my own abilities".

"This year, I'm a tennis player normal, which may focus on their tactics".

Noted Federer: "They have time to figure out how they're going to prep (the courts) for Monday".

"It can also quite commonly be linked to another hip problem called impingement".

"I am much better prepared for Wimbledon this year", Federer said after his win over Raonic.

After losing first and second-set tiebreakers Tomas Berdych had no answer to Roger Federer
CLIVE BRUNSKILL GETTY IMAGES After losing first and second-set tiebreakers Tomas Berdych had no answer to Roger Federer

"He was collapsing off the serve, he couldn't push off on the right at all". At the end of his fourth match, though, he showed signs that his right arm had started to struggle.

1 Murray and the struggling Djokovic hinted at taking a break from the sport but are wary of the US Open fast approaching in six weeks' time. "It's like a car that's stayed too long in the garage". The Swiss legend withstood a tough test from Canadian Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals but still prevailed in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 7-6 (4).

But how much does Querrey now have left in the tank?

The immediate obstacle between Federer and a 19th Grand Slam singles title is a familiar one: Tomas Berdych. "We decided to skip the event", he said. "I'm sure my coach Craig (Boynton) will look at those results and tweak a thing or two". He is, however, enjoying his best run at the Championships, having never made it past the quarterfinals before this year.

Croatian Marin Cilic reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time with a five-set win over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller on Wednesday and said he now had real belief in his ability to go all the way. However, he has not beaten Federer since their semifinal meeting in Dubai in 2013. But the old master sometimes seems to be one step ahead.

That French Open victory was followed a few years later by 17-year-old Boris Becker winning Wimbledon, and by 19-year-old Stefan Edberg winning in Australia. His current reign as number one, set to continue through Wimbledon after Nadal's exit, is the one tenuous claim he has to be spoken of in the same breath as the other three (who are the only other number ones since Federer's rise in the early 2000s) and a third Wimbledon title by beating either Federer or Djokovic will only strengthen that claim.

"I didn't start my best, but I just kept with it, kept swinging away and really found a groove in the fourth and fifth sets", Querrey said about ousting Murray.

"Really, I cannot be in a better position before Friday's match".

Key for Federer: The No. 3 seed's decision to sit out the entire clay-court season has worked wonders for his Wimbledon campaign with a record 12th semifinal appearance to come. It probably just got worse and worse as the tournament went on. Querrey is also playing for his country.


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