Fed­erer faces Cilic for shot at eighth ti­tle

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Sports - By Howard Fendrich

LON­DON — They love their his­tory around th­ese parts and they love Roger Fed­erer and, above all, they love watch­ing him make his­tory.

Now he stands one vic­tory from an un­prece­dented eighth Wim­ble­don men’s sin­gles cham­pi­onship af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for his 11th ap­pear­ance in the fi­nal, break­ing a record he al­ready held.

Just weeks from turn­ing 36, and a fa­ther of four, Fed­erer con­tin­ued his resur­gent sea­son and un­chal­lenged run through this fort­night at the All Eng­land Club by con­jur­ing up just enough bril­liance to beat 2010 run­ner-up To­mas Berdych 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the semifi­nals Fri­day.

“It’s great, but it doesn’t give me the ti­tle quite yet. That’s why I came here this year,” Fed­erer said. “I’m so close now, so I just got to stay fo­cused.”

He has won ev­ery set he’s played in six matches, and while he did not ex­actly dom­i­nate against the 11th-seeded Berdych, Fed­erer was never in much trou­ble. On Sun­day, Fed­erer will face 2014 U.S. Open cham­pion Marin Cilic, who reached his first Wim­ble­don fi­nal by elim­i­nat­ing 24th-seeded Sam Quer­rey of the U.S. 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 with the help of 25 aces and some ter­rific re­turn­ing.

“This is his home court,” Cilic said about Fed­erer, “(the) place where he feels the best and knows that he can play the best game.”

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