Wimbledon 2017 semi-final: Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych; Marin Cilic beats Sam Querrey

Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4) 6-4 in the men's singles semi-final. He will now meet Marin Cilic in Sunday's final. Cilic earlier beat Sam Querrey in the other semi-final clash.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 14, 2017 11:28 pm
Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets. (Source: Reuters)

Roger Federer enters another Wimbledon final as the Swiss maestro beats Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4) 6-4 in the second men’s singles semi-final on Centre Court on Friday. The first two sets went into tie-break but Federer produced a timely break in the third, and held his serve, to pocket it 6-4 and seal the contest in straight sets. In the first semi-final, Marin Cilic was made to work hard by Sam Querrey for a spot in the final. Cilic lost the first set but fought back and won the next three to end the American dream on Centre Court. Action now shifts to Saturday where Venus Williams takes on Garbine Muguruza in women’s singles final.

Wimbledon 2017 men’s semi-finals: As it happened on Centre Court

2315 hrs IST: FEDERER MARCHES INTO FINAL with a 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4) 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych in the men’s singles final on Friday. Excellent tennis by the former world no.1 puts him one step closer to his eighth Wimbledon title, 19th Grand Slam

2306 hrs IST: Three big serves down the T, fourth pushed wide. Federer holds serve without dropping a point and, 5-3 up, is now a game away from entering FINAL

2304 hrs IST: FEDERER WITH THE BREAK! At a very crucial time in the set, Federer breaks Berdych. Pressure clearly on Berdych now as he has a lot of ground to cover. Federer 4-3 up now

2300 hrs IST: 40-15 up, Berdych earned his chance to produce the break but Federer had other ideas. The Swiss produced a masterclass and with three brilliant serves, he made it 3-3. Quality tennis by both players

2249 hrs IST: The holds continue early in the third set. 2-2 it. Federer is using all parts of the court but Berdych is doing the running around well at the moment

2237 hrs IST: Federer dominates the tie break and races into 2-0 lead in the men’s singles semi-final. He takes the second set 7-6 (4). Berdych now has lot of ground to cover and needs to play his best tennis to stay alive in the contest

2228 hrs IST: Berdych with the critical hold under pressure and the second set, locked at 6-6, will now be decided by a tie-break

2219 hrs IST: The holds continue from both players. Federer and Berdych locked at 4-4 in the second set of the second men’s singles semi-final on Centre Court

2210 hrs IST: Even start by both men. Things at 2-2 in the second set but Berdych being pushed on his serve – playing the longer games. It could make a difference if this goes the distance

2153 hrs IST: Berdych goes for a forehand cross court but his shot is just wide. Set points. Berdych with a mishit on the backhand and Federer takes the opening set 7-6 (4) in 53 minutes

2151 hrs IST: Oh no! Berdych misses a simple forehand. Was set up for him to smack it for either a forehand down the line or a cross court but he finds the tape instead. Berdych with a strong serve and no return to it. 5-4 Federer

2150 hrs IST: Great serving by Federer. Keeping it sharp and deep into the Berdych backhand. No returning that. But Federer follows it up with an error. Tries to get the ball to bend back late but pushes it a bit too much. The mini break is back. 4-3 in favour of Federer but on serve

2148 hrs IST: Berdych with a rather disappointing backhand. A lot of height into it and simple enough for Federer to punch it away for the first mini break of this tiebreak. Berdych comes back with a deep return and Federer nets it. 3-2 to Federer

2148 hrs IST: Berdych starts strongly by doing well to whip forehands crosscourt and push Federer to the side and into an error. Federer comes back with two quick points on his serve

2146 hrs IST: Federer with an ace down the tee and he holds at 40-15 to bring it to first set tiebreak.

2143 hrs IST: It is 5-5, 30-40. Chance for Federer to get that break back but Berdych plucks out an ace at the right time. Follows it up to breathe better as Federer’s backhand goes narrowly wide and holds with an ace. Relief for Tomas there. Now Federer will serve to stay in this set and force a tiebreak

2114 hrs IST: And, the break! He came close in the first game and seals the deal in the fifth. Excellent baseline play by the Swiss maestro puts him 3-2 ahead in the first set against Berdych

2104 hrs IST: Federer came agonisingly close to the early break in the first game of the match but Berdych did well to hold serve there. Since then, both players have managed to hold serve and Berdych is 2-1 ahead at the moment

2055 hrs IST: Roger Federer has arrived on Centre Court and he is up against Tomas Berdych in the second semi-final of the day. Winner of this game will take on Cilic in Sunday’s final

2032 hrs IST: GAME, SET, MATCH CILIC. With a stunning return, he breaks Querrey and makes his first Wimbledon final. This is his second Grand Slam final. Gentle reminder: Cilic was one set down and then fought back to register a 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-5 win

2027 hrs IST: Cilic holds serve with ease, without dropping a point. Querrey, 5-6 down, will now serve to stay alive in Wimbledon 2017

2017 hrs IST: Two powerful returns and a sensational drop from near the net allow Cilic to break back in the fourth set. He couldn’t have timed the break better as he levels 4-4 with Querrey

2005 hrs IST: Cilic, after earning a break point, came close to a break but Querrey did well to hold serve and capitalise on the break in the previous game

2001 hrs IST: Querrey makes early progress in the fourth set as he produces a break in the third game, moves 2-1 up. If he manages to hold now, pressure will be on Cilic to fight his way back in the set

1950 hrs IST: DOMINATION! Cilic takes very little time to blow Sam Querrey away in the tie-break and takes the third set 7-6 (3). This is a brilliant comeback by him after losing the opening set

1943 hrs IST: CILIC HOLD MAKES IT 6-6, and we have a tie-break to decide the third set in the men’s singles semi-final on Centre Court

1937 hrs IST: Looks like another tie-break on the cards. There were breaks in this one but Querrey broke back to even proceedings. It’s 5-5 at the moment

1920 hrs IST: Querrey is not giving up yet as he breaks Cilic back to make it 2-2 in the third set. After the break, he holds serve to move back into the lead. 3-2 in his favour at the moment

1914 hrs IST: After missing out on the early break in the third set, Cilic doesn’t miss out in the third game as he converts the second break point to move into 2-1 lead. Chance for him to take the early lead

1900 hrs IST: Game, Set, Cilic 6-4! He seals the game with another big serve and doesn’t drop a point in the process. The men’s singles semi-final 1 is now locked at 1-1 after two sets

1852 hrs IST: And Querrey blinks first as he fails to hold serve. Important that Cilic now capitalises on this one and takes a crucial lead in the second set

1845 hrs IST: A good hold by Querrey as he survives a break scare to make it 3-2 in the second set. After 17 games, both players yet to drop serve. Out of the 11 sets played between these two, six have gone into tie-break. They certainly are used to playing long sets

1824 hrs IST: Querrey takes the opening set 7-6 (6). He was trailing in the tie-break but fought back well. The little interruption due to movement of the crowd clearly unsettled Cilic during the business end as he failed to keep his returns in

1816 hrs IST: After Cilic’s initial burst, which put him 4-1 ahead in the tie-break, Querrey remains cool and makes it 4-4. Cilic made good use of the width of the court here but Querrey responded well in the second half

1810 hrs IST: A tie-break to decide the first set as nothing separates Cilic and Querrey after 12 games of the opening set on Centre Court. Thirty five minutes of quality serving game

1800 hrs IST: IN A HURRY! Cilic, with some really big serves, seals the game without dropping a point. No player has come to a break so far in the match

1750 hrs IST: Serve game strong so far… the first set moves to 3-3. They have played long, really long games and this too is expected to go the distance

1745 hrs IST: Comfortable holds by both Cilic and Querrey so far. The first set remains locked at 2-2 on Centre Court

1735 hrs IST: The head to head record between the two stands firmly in Cilic’s favour. He has won their four encounters so far and the last time they faced off? Cilic won 17-15 in the second longest Wimbledon match!

1730 hrs IST: Marin Cilic to serve first and a wise decision after winning the toss. The Croatian has a big booming serve and that made the difference against Gilles Muller in the quarterfinals. Not to forget, Cilic returned very well in that fifth set to beat the tall Luxembourg player who had beaten Rafael Nadal a round prior (thus the jinx of beating Nadal continues!). Cilic stepped up to the big serves of Muller and took them early to give little time to react. He would need to have the same strategy and confident play against Sam Querrey who is looking to become the first American male player since Andy Roddick to get to the final at the All England Club. Querrey has already made quite a mark in his defeat of Andy Murray in the quarters. What makes his win even more impressive is that he edged Murray 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth and fifth set – not a small feat.

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