Andrew Castle: Unusual suspects in the final reckoning at Wimbledon

Evrard Martin
Juillet 15, 2017

"I feel I'm ready for it", he said.

Fourteen years after winning his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, Federer stands on the verge of an historic eighth All England Club triumph and 19th major.

Add in the fact he has been nearly unstoppable this season, winning four of the six events he had entered - including an 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January - many pundits and rivals believe Federer is playing some of his best tennis this year. "This tournament, again, helps me to stay hopefully on tour longer, to be honest". He is having the time of his life, and it's showing in his tennis. He crushed me at the U.S. Open final a couple of years ago. The victory was Federer's first of the fortnight to last more than two hours.

Given his advancing years, Federer has carefully compiled his schedule this season and opted to miss the entire clay-court swing - including the French Open - to focus on Wimbledon, and it is a gamble that could deliver the ultimate reward. In the end, the third seed had reeled off 53 winners and made only 20 unforced errors. The 6ft 5in baseliner is the 11th seed and the only barrier between Federer and Sunday's final.

Both big-serving players started strong on serve, but it was Querrey, who knocked out World No.1 Andy Murray in the quarter-final, who would take the opening set in the tie-breaker after both players had earlier had mini-breaks in the decider.

Federer famously defeated Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001 but was knocked out in the first round the following year. The tall Croat, another aggressive baseliner, has the potential to blow opponents off the court.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion will play the in the final Sunday against Croatian seventh seed Marin Cilic, who beat Sam Querrey 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.

If Williams wins, she'll become the oldest Grand Slam champion in 109 years at 37 years old. One key to his success is his court coverage, which allows him to play defense as well as anyone.

"We don't have control over the physical condition of the players, told Lapierre when contacted by The Journal de Montréal".

Querrey always has had an intimidating serve, but he's never managed to put together his overall game for enough matches to play on the final weekend at a major.

"But I don't think I would have played that many, because if I had I would have been dead!" "I love this tournament", Federer said after another vintage performance dealt with Czech Tomas Berdych in the semi-final.

Given his recent history with Cilic and the lack of complacency he showed with his game against Berdych, it's safe to say Federer will not take his final challenge lightly. But it is still interesting to see just how far he pushes his legend.

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