After a tough 2013 Wimbledon, Roger Federer is back where he belongs, in the semifinals of the biggest grass court event in the world.
The 7-time Wimbledon champion advanced today in four sets 36, 76, 64, 64 over good friend Stan Warwinka in the quarterfinals.
“There was a lot on the line today playing against Stan,” Federer said. “Quarters sort of shows the direction on how you’re playing and all these things.
“Last year was a major disappointment for me because I always see Wimbledon as one of my main goals of the season, side-by-side with rankings and some other highlights that I choose that there are for me.
“I try to be in the best possible shape, so last year was rough. I was very disappointed. Went back to the practice courts. Didn’t have any options left at that point. So I’m happy that one year later I’m back in the semis and with a chance to go further.”
Federer did drop serve and did lose his first set, but he won going away against his countryman. Next, the Swiss will face 23-year-old power server Milos Raonic in the semifinals. But after playing yesterday and today, he’s happy just to have a day off.
“I’m really looking forward to a day off tomorrow,” he said Wedneday. “Good thing yesterday was that I finished early. Really I felt like it was half a day off afterwards.
“So tomorrow’s a big day for me where I can let it all sort of sink in a bit, you know, like what’s been going well for the last nine days or so and what do I need to do to get to the finals. I can really prepare well. It’s a comfortable place to be.
I must say, I know there’s pressure, but the confidence is there. You know there is a chance now to go a step further because you trust your game. That’s where I am right now. I’m really excited about the next couple days now.”
As for the new stars breaking through, Federer loves it.
“It’s exciting for the game to see new faces like Kyrgios, now Raonic or Nishikori, you name it,” he said. “There’s been a few guys knocking on the door now. Still don’t have enough teenagers like I would hope we had. It’s just hard breaking through.
“I think it’s good times in tennis right now. There’s a lot of excitement. Stadiums are always pretty much full on Centre Court, which is great. Seems a lot of press traveling the world to see what’s going on. I’m really happy playing in this time really.”
Federer is 4-0 against Roanic. The Canadian is playing his first career Grand Slam semifinal. Federer his 35th.
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