Onwards and upwards for Federer as he successfully reaches Wimbledon’s 11th final

By Kalendra Withana
The intense semi-final of the UK tennis championships concluded with Roger Federer claiming a win over Czech player, Tomas Berdych.

After taking a six month break to rest his injured knee, Federer came storming back into Centre Court, recharged and determined to head straight into the Sunday’s final.

The entire match was 2 hours and 18 minutes, the Swiss player’s longest match of the Championships so far.

It is reported that Federer hit 53 winners against Berdych, who hit 31.

Despite a few stumbles throughout the captivating game, Federer managed to deliver greatly.

The player’s four backhands in a row enabled him to gain a 5-1 lead. Finally, at 5-3, the Swiss managed to secure an ultimate triumph with an impressive forehand that had led the entire stadium to roar with cheer.

In terms of the overall score of the game, Federer had claimed sets of 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.

The Swiss himself has made history by expecting to play his 29th Grand Slam final, becoming the second-oldest man to do so after Ken Rosewall in the 1974 Wimbledon final.

Having played in the final in 2012: Federer said: "I feel very privileged to be in another final," he said.

"I've got the pleasure to play on Centre Court another time. I can't believe it's almost true again. I'm happy to have a day off to reflect on what I've done at the tournament."

As well as this, the player’s win over his opponent was in fact his 90th at Wimbledon, which is also a record for the Open era.

The 35-year old Swiss will go head to head against Croatia’s Marin Cilic on Sunday in what is promised to be a grand show-stopping final.  

Federer had even played a match against Cilic in last year’s quarter-finals, and admitted:

“Last time we had a brutal match - I was two sets down. I had to get lucky to win.”

Sources – BBC Sport, The Guardian, The Independent

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