Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Wimbledon 2016: Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic in a thriller to reach semis

Narada Desk | July 7, 2016 1:04 pm Print
Saving three match points Roger Federer staged a dramatic recovery sealed a semi- final spot at Wimbledon 2016 by beating Croat Marin Cilic in thrilling five- set encounter. Thus keeping his hopes of a record 18th Grand Slam alive
Roger Federer

Swiss legend Roger Federer  had to use all his experience  and  saved three match points to beat Marin Cilic 6-7 (4/7), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11/9), 6-3 and reach a record equalling 11th Wimbledon semi-final .

The 34-year-old seven-time champion also claimed a new record for Grand Slam match wins of 307 as he made a 40th semi final at the majors. His dramatic triumph was his 84th win at Wimbledon — taking him level with Jimmy Connors — and gave him a semi-final against Canada’s Milos Raonic as he continues his pursuit of an 18th Grand Slam title and a record eighth All England Club crown.

In a thrilling Centre Court encounter which also had former England football skipper David Beckham in stands , it was  Federer’s 10th career comeback from two sets down to win . It was a tie which saw him save three match points in a titanic fourth set as Federer became the oldest Wimbledon semi-finalist since 39-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1974.

The Swiss great Federer fired 27 aces and 67 winners to avenge his semi-final loss to ninth seed Cilic in the semi-finals of the 2014 US Open.

Federer initially struggled against Cilic’s big serve and heavy groundstrokes, but reignited the magic of old in the final three sets to fashion a win form jaws of defeat.  The third seed will  now play another big server Milos Raonic in the semi-finals

Raonic, the sixth seed and 2014 semi-finalist, sealed a 6-4 7-5 5-7 6-4 win over Sam Querrey, the man who defeated world number one Novak Djokovic.