Roger Federer sends message to rivals who crashed out of Wimbledon

Posted July 13, 2017

Federer and Berdych clash after Querrey - Andy Murray's conqueror after also ending Djokovic's title defence past year - and Cilic meet in Friday's first semi-final.

Raonic thinks an eighth Wimbledon title is Federer's to lose. We look at their chances...

The first serve of Federer vs Raonic is more likely to be around 3.30pm, based on our experience, but that's purely an educated guess.

Croatia's Marin Cilic crushed the dreams of Luxembourg and Gilles Muller over five sets to meet Querry, both players in their first Wimbledon semifinals.

Andy Murray may consider taking a break from tennis for the rest of the year after his Wimbledon exit, says former Davis Cup colleague Jamie Baker.

"I can't believe it - 100 matches. I don't know if I should rejoice to see my name to be associated with records like that one!" he started laughing.

"The whole tournament I've been a little bit sore". It's a matter of a few points here and there that can make a huge difference.

But it seems no-one can get close to the seven-time Wimbledon champion as he maintained his record of not dropping a set at this year's tournament. So no need to panic that time spent away from the game can not have future benefits for Murray and Djokovic.

After three competitive sets to start the match, the Scot won just two games in the final two sets combined, and he nearly seemed relieved when the match was over.

A third round demolition of Albert Ramos-Vinolas was his most convincing performance yet, before he was taken to five sets by German Alexander Zverev, winning the final 6-1. I was really lacking practice really. If it means training and doing the right rehab and stuff, then I'll do that.

"Part of it's mental, part of it's physical".

All three were expected to advance to the semi-finals, but only Federer lived up to the expectations. The most recent match was in this years Miami Masters, a match Federer won in three sets.

Widely pensioned off after hobbling out of Wimbledon a year ago with a career-threatening knee injury, not even Federer could have imagined how ridiculously successful his 2017 season would be. The brittle Czech has not beaten Federer since the US Open in 2012 and trails their rivalry with six wins to Federer's 18. I'm confident, too. Then great things do happen. "I can't be in a better position before Friday's match". Berdych is serving like the young version of himself and has been broken just twice in his last 10 sets played. It will be the Swiss great's 12th last-four duel on the grass of SW19, while the men who looked to have surpassed him will be watching on nursing injuries.

"It's not a time and place for me to talk about the details", said Djokovic.