Federer downplays importance of favourite tag


Roger Federer will face Marin Cilic for the Wimbledon title after both prevailed in their semifinal matchups on Friday.

The Seven-time champion defeated the Czech 11th seed 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4, as he bids to claim a record eighth title. It will be televised on ESPN (U.S.) and BBC (UK). It's a big deal. "All my dreams came true here as a player". Federer, however, gunning for his 19th major crown, will be the overwhelming favourite this weekend. "I feel if I play well, my level is at a high enough point where I can beat those top guys".

"We had a brutal quarter-final last year here and he crushed me at the US Open in 2014", said Federer. So I know it's going to be a huge challenge.

Berdych threatened a break in the third set, up 3-2, but Federer fought off a double break point to get things even. He then went on to break Berdych, and Berdych was suddenly serving to stay in the match.

Berdych repeatedly targeted the Federer forehand and had a decent amount of success, while he showed an unexpected deftness of touch at the net.

A place in the final of Wimbledon was at stake for Thomas Berdych as he prepared to take on Roger Federer at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

"I mean, I don't see anything that would indicate really Roger is getting older or anything like that", said Berdych, who wore sneakers with a silhouette of Djokovic's face on the tongue because his own usual shoes were uncomfortable.

"It's been a fun run", the 29-year-old who hails from California said in typically understated fashion.

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"I thought it was close", said Federer (right).

Federer will carry a 6-1 head-to-head lead over Cilic into the title showdown, but will be wary of the big-hitting Croat. The last time anyone outside of the fab four (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray) won the title was way back in 2002, when Australian Lleyton Hewitt won the Wimbledon.

Having gone to five sets in his last three matches, Querrey looked as though he was starting to tire. He's got power, and so has Marin. And who did he beat in that US Open semi final?