ICYMI at Wimbledon: Federer crushes, Querrey falls

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

LONDON -- Here we are. After 11 days of wonderful tennis, we have our four finalists.

Venus Williams, 37, faces youngster Garbine Muguruza, 23, on Saturday.

Roger Federer, 35, plays Marin Cilic, 28, on Sunday.

Obviously, Williams' and Federer's success is not defined exclusively by their age, but it is undoubtedly an impressive factor; these two already-decorated champions just seem to get better with age.

If Roger and Venus achieve success in their finals (repeating the 2007 result for both) they will become the oldest man and woman to win Wimbledon since 1994 and 1975, respectively. Unbelievable.

In case you missed it, here's what went down on men's semifinals day at Wimbledon:

American double dream is over

U.S. dreams of seeing both a male and female representative in the final were shattered Friday when Marin Cilic defeated American Sam Querrey 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5.

As the Croatian wound up and hit a perfectly executed forehand winner down the line to take the match, Querrey's head dropped, and our hearts melted.

Cilic was a deserving winner, but there was not a person on Centre Court who was not just a little bit saddened that Querrey's incredible Wimbledon run was over.

He's been a breath of fresh air throughout his Wimbledon campaign; humble and humanising in press conferences and interviews.

Here he is after defeating Andy Murray in the quarterfinals:

And here's what Twitter had to say about it:

Marin Cilic becomes the second Croatian player (after Goran Ivanisevic) to reach Wimbledon final with 6-7 6-4 7-6 7-5 win vs Sam Querrey.

Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) 14 July 2017

.@cilic_marin will be sticking around till Sunday as he beats Querrey 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5 to advance to his 1st Wimbledon final!

: #USOpen

US Open Tennis (@usopen) 14 July 2017

Boris Becker says we have seen a new side of Sam Querrey.#Wimbledon #bbctennis

BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) 14 July 2017

Tough loss for Querrey today. But beating Andy Murray at Wimbledon is a heck of a win to have on your resume.

Robert Venditti (@robertvenditti) 14 July 2017

The unstoppable?

Later Friday, Tomas Berdych was outclassed by seven-time champion Federer in straight sets, though the score line does not represent the closeness of the match.

Berdych played some of his best tennis ever: clean hitting, big serving, great movement ... and still Federer wins 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Berdych seemed stupefied in his postmatch press conference...

Q. In your words, can you try to describe what it's like for you, what's happening with you when you play against a player like Federer?

Berdych: "Well, I do not know how much detail you want to go [smiling].

"Yes, it's very difficult. This guy, does not really seems is getting any older or anything like that, or slowing down at all.

"I think I played really good tennis throughout the whole tournament. But, you know, I just unfortunately faced a guy that he's playing in his best. I think he's playing by far the best tennis right now.

"Roger does not give you any rhythm at all. I mean, he's playing barely with any mistakes. You know, he was controlling the game pretty well. I mean, even those two sets in the tiebreak, I was still the one facing couple more break points down.

"If you look at the other guys who are 35, 36, I think you can very clearly see that the age and the years on tour are affecting them."

And here's what the rest of Twitter had to say:

"This triumphant year for @rogerfederer continues"

He moves into his 11th #Wimbledon singles final without dropping a set...

Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 14 July 2017

Famous fans for Fed

A rather strange tribute...


Alternative tactics...

Dress-code drama

A British champion


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