Cilic beats Querrey to reach first Wimbledon final

Cilic beats Querrey to reach first Wimbledon final

Cilic beats Querrey to reach first Wimbledon final

Sam Querrey eliminated a limping Andy Murray from the Wimbledon quarterfinals, beating the defending champion 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1 on Centre Court. The 31-year-old is on his best run at Wimbledon since he reached the 2010 final with wins over Federer and Djokovic.

Men's doubles top seed John Peers and his Finnish partner Henri Kontinen moved into the semis with a 6-4 6-7 (7-5) 6-7 (7-4) 7-6 (9-7) 6-1 win over Kiwi Michael Venus and America's Ryan Harrison.

But during the first set of his match against the experienced Berdych, Djokovic began to struggle with an elbow injury.

Marin Cilic awaits Querrey in what would have seemed an unlikely semi-final at the start of the tournament. It was his 100th match at the All England Club and the 50th Grand Slam quarter-final of his career. Berdych probably knows his best chance of winning is to take the attack to Federer, forcing the latter on to the back foot.

With a beyond impressive seven Wimbledon men's singles titles to his name, Federer is poised to earn an eighth this year.

He faces Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals on Friday while Marin Cilic, the only other major champion in the last four, comes up against Sam Querrey. Instead, Rafael Nadal was out-dueled in a fourth-round thriller, and Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic sputtered to quarterfinals losses in part because of injuries.

"It's not a time and place for me to talk about the details", Djokovic said after pulling out while trailing 6-7 (2), 0-2.

Roger Federer insists he is only slightly surprised to find himself tantalisingly within touching distance of a record eighth Wimbledon title despite his 36th birthday fast approaching.

"The whole tournament I've been a little bit sore, but I tried my best right to the end, gave everything I had". 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. "Could I have been more efficient at the net? Yes".

"It's hard to compare", Berdych said."I have so much more experience from that time and everything, you can't really compare those things".

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

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