Roger Federer put together one of his greatest comebacks of his career this afternoon at Wimbledon coming from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic 67(4), 46, 63, 76(9), 63. It was Federer 10th career time he’s come from two sets down to win.
“This is huge for me, my season, my career,” said Federer. “I’m very, very happy. I’ve had some good comeback, but this is on Centre Court at Wimbledon and it still gives me the chance to win the tournament. It is a big moment.”
The former No. 1 was blown out by Cilic in their last meeting in the 2014 US Open finals. And the match began with Cilic again dominating early. The Croat even held three more breakpoints midway through the third set before Federer turned things, saving three matchpoints in the fourth.
“It’s great winning matches like these, coming back from two sets to love. It’s rare. When it happens, you really enjoy them,” said Federer. “I definitely felt like I got lucky to some extent. When you’re saving match points… it’s a moment when it’s not in your control anymore. But I fought, I tried, I believed. At the end, I got it done. It was an emotional win, always [is] when you come back from two sets to love. But because of the season that I’ve had, it’s wonderful.”
Cilic had never lost a 5-set lead in his career.
“If we would go back to play again, I would try to be more aggressive on the chances when I had them in the fourth. Maybe there was a slight hesitation [during] some of them,” Cilic said.
The victory was also the 307th of his Grand Slam career, surpassing Martina Navratilova’s record.
Federer will have a day off before meeting Milos Raonic in the semifinals on Friday.
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