With his main rivals out, Roger Federer is the clear-cut favorite to win another Wimbledon. The 7-time tournament champion is joined in the semifinals by newcomers Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic, and former finalist Tomas Berdych who is his next opponent. But even after thumping Milos Raonic, Federer is wary of the pitfalls ahead in this 2-round tournament.
“Being the favorite or not the favorite doesn’t matter,” Federer said. “These other guys are all big hitters. I feel like they will have their word to say of the outcome of the matches. They’ve got big serves, big forehands, big hitters really. All three guys are taller and stronger than I am. I got to figure out a different way, carve my way through the draw somehow with my slice and my spins, my consistency maybe.
“I’m looking forward to do that.”
Federer leads Berdych 18-6 but the Czech beat him here in 2010. Federer, though, hasn’t dropped a set and even at 35, feels fresh.
“I don’t see myself playing better than a few years ago,” he said. “But I always hope to improve every year. Think it’s definitely different ever since my injury. If I’m playing better this year than I have in ’14, ’15 when I had great runs at Wimbledon here. I just ran into Novak, who was red hot. Honestly, was difficult to come past him for anybody, especially in the big matches.
“I’m just very happy that I’m still doing so well. Am I surprised? Maybe a little bit. But the plan was always to hopefully be strong also later on in my career.”
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