Powerful Cilic relishes renewed battle with Wimbledon's king of the court

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The Czech has not been able to have so many problems in Switzerland this time, even if it has not abdicated in the third round, where he purchased a ball-break to lead 4-2.

"The plan was always to hopefully be strong later on in my career", said Federer who will face Tomas Berdych in Friday's semi-finals.

Rather than a supreme showdown between Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal, the Centre Court crowd witnessed a semi-final slug fest between Querrey and Cilic but the margins were as fine as you might have expected them to be. Berdych quickly raced to a 40-0 lead on his serve before Federer could win a point. He also had a trainer work on his right shoulder near the end of his fourth-round victory on Tuesday.

The Swiss star reached his 11th Wimbledon final on Friday after beating Tomas Berdych in straight sets. "I'm confident, too. Then great things do happen", Federer said after becoming the oldest Wimbledon semi-finalist since 1974.

Cilic finished with 25 aces and won 88 percent of the points on his first serve, and produced 70 winners against only 21 unforced errors.

That matchup went five sets and was narrowly won by Federer, 6-7 (4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9), 6-4.

Novak Djokovic played three of his five matches on the showpiece arena and two on Court One. There has not been an American man in a singles final in 42 of the past 43 Grand Slam events.

Djokovic has endured a turbulent 12 months since becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four grand slams at the same time following his French title past year.

Both of them are two-time champions at the All England Club, and both of them are now out of the tournament. He entered the tournament after pulling out of two exhibition matches citing a sore left hip. Maybe that can have a small part in playing that match.

Cilic spurned three match points a year ago when losing in five sets to Federer, but recognised that the Swiss will be favourite as he seeks his 19th major crown.

Play in the men's quarterfinals at Wimbledon has started. He called out a journalist recently on a question that disregarded female tennis players.

So, who is Marin Cilic?

"These other guys are all big hitters".

Centre Court has a roof, but No. 1 Court does not.

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