"I don't see myself playing better than a few years ago". It is a similar situation for world No. 1 Andy Murray, who refused to blame his long-standing hip problem for his five-set loss to Sam Querrey on Wednesday, but also admitted that taking a break was not out of the question. In all the matches Marin Cilic won against Sam Querrey. Querrey won in 2010 and Cilic in 2012.
An arm injury has forced Serbian star Novak Djokovic to retire while he was trailing by one set to Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the men's singles quarter-finals of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. He stopped in the quarterfinals three times in a row before getting to the next level.
The way is clear for Roger Federer to win his eighth title on the grass courts of Wimbledon. En route to his first Wimbledon semifinal, Cilic got past Philipp Kohlschreiber (round of 128), Florian Mayer (round of 64), Steve Johnson (round of 32), Roberto Bautista-Agut (round of 16) and Gilles Muller in the quarterfinals. Although he came past one-time French Open junior champion Thomas Fabbiano comfortably, the going then got tougher.
When the Croat broke to go 2-1 up in the third set, the momentum seemed to have shifted decisively to Cilic with Querrey looking tired.
Defending champion Murray led by a set and a break but was troubled by a hip injury as he lost 12 of the last 14 games to go down 3-6 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1.
"I definitely feel like there's no reason why I would not be able to be in a position to win a title like this one day", Konta said. The Swiss superstar has not dropped a set and has not looked like dropping one, hitting 174 winners in his five matches.
But, not for the first time in this tournament, dug deep to break straight back to briefly stall Cilic's progress. I just need to do all of the right things and be even more diligent and professional than I have been recently. Querrey, ranked 24th in the world has had to pull off some monumental victories to make it this far. Nadal was knocked out, and Murray and Djokovic limped out, leaving Federer to progress swan-like to the last four. Querrey, in contrast, has more of a tendency to take big swings on the return.