Yesterday, the women played their Wimbledon semifinals and today it was the men’s turn at Centre Court for a spot in the men’s singles final. From a tennis legend to an American looking to make more history for men’s tennis in his country, their were plenty of storylines to look at throughout the day.
In the first semifinal of the day, American Sam Querrey fought hard but ultimately lost in four sets to the seven seed of Marin Cilic 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5. Looking at the match stats, from a tennis player’s perspective, it is actually surprisingly easy to see why Querrey lost. Querrey had a tough time winning even on Cilic’s second sevre and Querrey only won a third of those points. CIlic also had 25 aces as Querrey met his match on the serving game. The one knock against CIlic today is that he only won four of fourteen break points, but in a tough match like today’s was, only winning four was more than enough for Cilic to take the match and go to the final at Wimbledon for the very first time in his career. It will also be his second final in a major tournament; the first was his 2014 US Open championship. Cilic has had an incredible grass court season as he is 12-2 so far on the surface in 2017.
In the other semifinal, Roger Federer made more history with a straight set victory over Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4. In the match, Federer had 53 winners which is 22 more than what Berdych had. Federer also was very effective on Berdych’s first serves as he won 32 percent of those points. For Roger, it is his eleventh final at Wimbledon which is a record and overall in major tournaments it will be his 29th final appearance. He is also bidding for the first Wimbledon title in which the champion did not lose a single set throughout the entire tournament. Berdych simply defended his ranking points from last year’s Wimbledon tournament, which is good news for seeding aspects for future major tournaments.
Federer and Cilic are familiar foes as they played in the quarterfinals in last year’s Wimbledon. Federer won that match in five sets coming back from a two set deficit. In the overall head to head matchup, Federer has a six match to one lead with Cilic’s only win against the great Roger Federer coming in the semifinal round of his US Open run in 2014 in straight sets. Whoever wins there will be history made in the men’s final in the 2017 Wimbledon as one man will look for his first Wimbledon title and his second major tournament win and the other will be looking for his eighth Wimbledon crown and his 19th major tournament title.