Roger Fed­erer seek­ing eighth tour­na­ment ti­tle, while Venus Wil­liams looks for her sixth.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Howard Fendrich Kirsty Wigglesworth, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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 24thseeded Sam Quer­rey of the United State 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.”

Since equal­ing Pete Sam­pras and Wil­liam Ren­shaw (who played in the 1880s) with a sev­enth tro­phy at Wim­ble­don in 2012, Fed­erer has come this close be­fore to No. 8. But he lost to No­vak Djokovic in the 2014 and 2015 fi­nals.

Here comes an­other chance. Fed­erer would be the old­est man to win Wim­ble­don in the Open era, which dates to 1968; as it is, he’s the old­est fi­nal­ist since Ken Rose­wall was 39 in 1974.

“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. “He’s just prov­ing his great­ness in our sport.”

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