Wimbledon Semi Finals Preview Federer Vs Berdych Cilic Vs Querrey

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The Wimbledon 2017 Last Four features the clear favorite for the title, a former slam champ few would bet their house on, the 2010 SW19 runner-up still in the mix, and the first American in the men’s semis since Andy Roddick in 2009. The Tennis Review previews the action and predicts the winners.

Roger Federer (3) Vs Tomas Berdych (11).

A favorite at one of his best events, and at the business end of the tournament, Federer should feel pretty optimistic about his chances of making the final, but one player who might make the Swiss feel a little pessimistic is his semi-final opponent eleventh seed Tomas Berdych.

The Czech beat the Swiss at the 2010 Wimbledon event and at the 2012 US Open, and has beaten him at some of the other tournaments the Swiss could call his backyard such as Dubai (2013) and Cincinnati (2011).

While Berdych has been the spoiler at a few seemingly potential Federer victory parades, the Czech has also been one of the Swiss’ victims on plenty of occasions with Federer leading Berdych 18-6 in their head to head.

It has also been a while since Berdych upset the Swiss, Federer  not losing to him since Dubai 2013 and winning seven matches in a row.

Two of those matches have come this season and very different matches they were, too. Federer defeated Berdych for the loss of just ten games in the Australian Open third round while their Miami last eight encounter saw Federer  saving two match points and winning 8-6 in a third set tiebreaker.

Those recent Federer victories mean Federer should be feeling confident he can overcome whatever challenges his old rival gives him as should the very different stages both men are at in their careers right now.

Federer has had a career revival, winning another slam at this year’s Australian Open aged 35 and after six months out the game, and the Swiss has been the stand out favorite for the title before the tournament began. Five matches in, despite suffering a head cold, the third seed remains so – the Swiss has not dropped a set and beat last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic in the quarters in, bar a slight lapse in the third set, pretty convincing style.

Meanwhile Berdych has declined since 2014, no longer a member of the game’s elite top eight and hovering around the fringes of the top ten. Nevertheless, he is still a high quality competitor and is into the Wimbledon semis for the second consecutive year, coming through a fairly tough draw defeating Chardy, Harrison, Ferrer, Thiem (in five sets) and then Djokovic, leading 7-6 (2), 2-0 when the three time champion retired.

Prediction: Federer’s cold and Berdych’s clean baseline hitting, the likes of which Federer has not faced this Wimbledon and a style of play which can bother him,  means the Swiss is a little vulnerable here, but the seven time champ’s serve and grass court skills should see him through in four sets.

Marin Cilic (7) Vs Sam Querrey (24).

Marin Cilic has been tipped as a potential Wimbledon champion for a few years now though the Croat’s inconsistent nature means few would bet their house on the Croat, who has reached the semis for the first time after his fourth quarter-final appearance, to finally contest the final even though he is on paper very much the favorite.

Cilic leads Querrey 4-0, including a 17-15 fifth set win at Wimbledon 2012, another five set win at Wimbledon 2009, and a three set win at Queens 2012. The only straight sets win came in their most recent match, the 2015 Washington last sixteen which Cilic won in two tiebreaks.

Both men went five sets in their Wimbledon 2017 quarter final matches, with both men winning their fifth sets 6-1, and both were impressive doing so for different reasons– Cilic having to see off an in-form and inspired Gilles Muller, Querrey faced with the distraction of an injured Murray and instead of being dragged down level-wise managing to lift his game instead.

Prediction: A close match looks on the cards, and one which could go either way. Cilic, though, is the more experienced at this level of the sport- this is his third slam semi compared to Querrey’s first- and the Croat should be able to raise his game if things get tight and make it through to his second slam final.

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Christian Deverille

Christian Deverille is a tennis writer with a diploma in Freelance Sports Writing from the London School of Journalism. He loves all things tennis, most of all the Federer and del Potro forehands.
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