Roger Federer has earned himself another chance to get his 8th Wimbledon title. He’ll be going head-to-head against Marin Cilic on Sunday. This will be their first meeting since Federer defeated Cilic in a thrilling 5-set battle at last year’s Wimbledon. Will the Swiss Maestro prevail yet again or will Cilic the Croat show up to play? First, let’s take a look at how Federer made it to the finals this year.
Round 1, Alexandr Dolgopolov
This was Federer’s first match since his stylish victory at the Gerry Weber Open. Unfortunately, this match was short-lived due to an ankle injury from Alexandr Dolgopolov. Nevertheless, Federer took the 6-3, 3-0 win. This was one of the many injuries that occurred in the first round, leaving fans angry that players entered the tournament without the confidence that they could compete at their highest level.
Round 2, Dusan Lajovic
This match will be forever remembered as a landmark when it comes to Federer’s decorated tennis legacy. Not because he won the match in straight sets, but because he served particularly well and managed to rack up his 10,00th career ace. Not only was his serve on point, his whole game was. He had a win percentage of 81 percent on both his first and second serve, hit 81 winners, won 74 percent of his net points, and converted on 4 of 11 of his break points. The final score was 7-6(0), 6-3, 6-2.
Round 3, Mischa Zverev
If you didn’t think Federer’s serve was that impressive last match, then surely you will this match. He tallied up a total of 13 aces and only double faulted once. Federer also volleyed quite well, hitting a total of 18 winners at the net. Although it was a bit closer than his previous matches, Federer ended up defeating Mischa Zverev 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-4.
Round 4, Grigor Dimitrov
This was Federer’s first meeting with Grigor Dimitrov since last year’s Australian Open. Federer once again won in straight sets, albeit without the brilliant serves he displayed in his previous matches. In fact, Baby Fed hit more winners than the Swiss Maestro himself. Federer still managed to guide his way to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win.
Quarterfinals, Milos Raonic
The last time Federer and Milos Raonic went head-to-head was at last year’s Wimbledon, where the big serving Canadian took the match in 5 sets. This year, however, Federer had different plans. Federer served just as well as the 6’5″ Canadian and volleyed even better. Federer also hit a total of 46 winners, 17 more than Raonic. The Swiss Maestro ended up winning 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(4); a huge change from last year’s result and a taste of sweet revenge.
Semifinals, Tomas Berdych
With a score of 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-4, this was without a doubt Federer’s closest match. Federer only converted on 2 out of 9 of his break points, which was only 1 better than Berdych. This wasn’t just because of Federer’s tendency to miss break points but also because Berdych was able to come up with huge serves when it mattered most. Federer did, however, rack up 22 more winners than his Czech opponent.
In his road to the finals, Federer did not drop a single set. Overall, he has performed spectacularly well and has a great chance to win his 8th Wimbledon title. He will play Marin Cilic on Sunday. Let’s see how that goes.