The cards are on the table. It will be Roger Federer against Marin Cilic in the 2017 Wimbledon final. Who will lift the trophy this year?
Federer was once again unforgiving at the All England Tennis Club on Friday in his semifinal match against Tomas Berdych. The world no. 15 has had his share of success on grass, his favourite surface. Berdych notably ousted Federer in the 2010 Wimbledon quarter-finals. This time, Federer came out on top, winning 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-4 and has yet to drop a set in the tournament. It looks like Federer’s decision to skip the clay season is paying off as the Swiss is in a great position to win his 19th Grand Slam and an 8th title at Wimbledon. With a win, Federer would surpass the record he shares with Pete Sampras to stand alone as Wimbledon’s king.
Standing in his way is 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic. A Wimbledon crown for Cilic would also mean history, as he would become the first Croatian man to lift the trophy since his coach Goran Ivanisevic unexpectedly triumphed in 2001. In the semifinals, Cilic ousted American Sam Querrey in four sets 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-5 to reach his first Wimbledon final.
Even though Federer is favoured to win, it will be no easy task. Last year, the two players crossed paths in the Wimbledon final eight. Cilic earned 3 match points, but could not secure the win, and Federer slipped with the victory 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3. However, at the 2014 US Open, it was a completely different scenario, as Cilic ousted Federer in three sets 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4 in the semfinals.
Will we have a new Wimbledon champion this year? Or will we see Roger Federer claim back his throne? We’ll find out on Sunday!