It was meant to be, wasn’t it? Berdych had a role to play today, but not that of a villain. He was there to test Federer, to make him work hard, but never to outplay him. The script was ready, perhaps had been for a long time.
Roger Federer played two gritty sets of Tennis to ward off the Berdych challenge. An early break in the first set meant that Roger was on course for a record 11th Wimbledon final, but Berdych wasn’t going to be a mere pushover. He clawed back into the set, pushed it into a tie breaker, but eventual fell apart.
Federer bagged the first set and looked in control, but he was yet to break-free.
The second set too had moments of brilliance from both players, more so from Federer, but he just couldn’t break the Berdych resolve.
Another tie break was played and Federer came on top again, playing the important points better and taking a daunting two sets to love lead here on Centre Court.
Everyone was then waiting for the third set, waiting for Federer’s genius to unleash, and unleash it did.
The third set was a proper schooling, where Berdych was toyed with all through. Berdych still hung in there, refusing to throw in the towel, but Federer’s brilliance was just a bit too much to handle for him.
Federer will now taken on Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s singles final on Sunday. They met last year too in the quarter-finals, where Cilic had taken a 2 sets to love lead, but couldn’t kill it off.
Also, last time these two faced off in a Grand slam final, Cilic came out on top in the US Open. Federer would be hoping that Cilic doesn’t bring his A-game to the table on Sunday!
30 Year Old Andy Murray ❌
30 Year Old Novak Djokovic ❌
31 Year Old Rafael Nadal ❌
— Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) July 14, 2017
When Roger Federer wins the 1st set @ #Wimbledon, his record 80-3 (96%)
JoW Tsonga in 2011
Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 14, 2017
Roger Federer does it again, and this time without dropping a single set in the tournament. pic.twitter.com/6OI4P6eu7b
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 14, 2017
Roger Federer has reached the Wimbledon final in:
— bet365 (@bet365) July 14, 2017
There's nothing better in sport than watching Roger Federer at his best. He's getting better at 35. Ridiculous. #Wimbeldon
— Aaron Cox (@Aaron_Cox89) July 14, 2017
Roger Federer's 11 #Wimbledon finals are a new record for a Men's player at a single event, passing Rafael Nadal's 10 French Open finals
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 14, 2017
Into the finals, at the age of 35, without losing a single set. Legend is a small word for Roger Federer!!
— Ibrar (@IbrarIbrahim) July 14, 2017
It's Roger Federer! He'll announce his retirement and then enter the TARDIS. Hence the timing! Seeing right through you BBC! pic.twitter.com/61jEpI9PNQ
— Marieke (@Mriek_today) July 14, 2017
— Sankalp Sharma (@SankalpSharma_) July 14, 2017
Wimbledon Finals "Venus Willams Vs Roger Federer"…this edition is special
— Samip Rajguru (@samiprajguru) July 14, 2017
That said, consider this:
Roger Federer has played 6 Wimbledons after turning 30.
He has made the semis/better in FIVE of them.#RIDICULOUS
— Matt Zemek (@mzemek) July 12, 2017
Boris, Tim guessing placement of four Federer serves from 15-40. They are wrong every single time!
— Sivaram (@SivaramL) July 14, 2017