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MUSIC And he's done it. The trophy to a
British winner! The semi-finals, the business end,
but if you stop and look around, take all of this in, it will be too
late. Nerves, exciting. You tense up. You
cannot perform. The top guys just live it - the perfect blend of skill
and instinct. THE COMMENTATOR: Cilic is in the
Wimbledon semi-finals. And sometimes a little bit of luck.
Trust me at the top of your game you can almost see the point before it
happens. Sam Querrey, a piece of tennis
history for him. Certainly don't underestimate your opponent, whoever
you are. He is simply one of the best of all times. There are four
guys left. They've got this far. They're living in a moment and if
they stop and look around and think about the final, it will be too
late. Oh, that's a good bit of telly. Well
done Boris and to Tom and Dave, part of our BBC team who made that. For
the first time since 2003 we had four men's semi-finals outside the
top four in the world ranks. 2003 was the first time Roger Federer won
a Grand Slam title and it was here. I am joined by Tim Henin. When
Henman. You just got here in time. It was better with me phoning it in.
I want to hear about Tim. This is the first time in 14 years that I
have arrived before my counterpart. That is true. There are two sides to
it. You could say I was doing some very important work for the
tournament. Was it committee work? On the other side of the coin I
could say I was taste testing champagne in the Royal Box. You have
so much ammunition now! Working right up to the moment that
I have continued to work here. You have proved your fitness by arriving
and not being out of breath. I am impressed by that. We were turning
around, shouting out come on Tim and actually meaning it. We always meant
it. You know what I mean! Shouting at somebody else! I always meant it.
Forget that! First up, we will focus on the only man left in the men's
singles who has won this title before.
He is the king of Centre Court. Tomas Berdych coming out in front
and the last time they met here in Wimbledon, 2010, Berdych came out on
top in four sets. Roger is on a four-match winning streak against
him. As we know Federer bidding to become
the oldest finalist since 1974. We will pick up the game.
Boris, Tim and Andrew in the commentary box.
THE COMMENTATOR: Federer doing such a good job of biding his time with
the slice backhand. Landed right on the baseline. Really
checked up. Berdych, not in the right position.
Berdych faced only 12 break points in the tournament prior to this
match. He's faced two in three service games here.
Well done Berdych again. A surprising miss from Federer, going
over the low part of the net. Impressive return from Federer as
well. Berdych did well to fight that one
off. Happy to direct his attack, given a
choice to the Federer forehand. It is sort of the same strategy. He
serves the first deuce wide. Roger blocks it back and then the forehand
to control the point. Well he's has to play 25 pointings
-- points on his serve so far. He's panting quite heavily. Feeling the
work. It is a bit of a workload playing Federer over five, isn't it,
on Centre Court? If you get to five! That's unlucky. He's had his fair
share, Federer, this game, really. A little help from the net cord
there. Nothing Berdych could do about this one, though.
UMPIRE: On the left service line. The ball was called out.
It looks to be the seventh double fault, only, for Roger Federer. In
the tournament, the first of this match confirmed by some margin.
And after serving a double fault at 30-30, and then having to hit a
second serve, down break point, 109 miles per hour, into the corner.
Wonderful shot! It's a very first good tennis wagon. Both players,
Federer, we mentioned that a lot. But Berdych really not back enough.
Look at that! Talk about the big muscles getting involved in that!
Hit a lot of very strong ground strokes, deep and up the middle.
UMPIRE: The ball was called out. Serving with new balls, for Federer
to lose his serve, if in fact this is what has happened, and it has,
this is unusual, indeed. BALDING: ONE BREAK A PIECE.
That's a bad one! Federer had edged to that side. The
coaching camp for Berdych. Feeling the pain. 3-5. The mistake was to
miss the shot. I am surprised he keeps going to the forehand there.
Federer, two points away from that first set.
On his own serve. I think she might have tickets for
the final, too. Ball boy is still looking for the
ball there. And that's away. And Federer
exclaims his delight. First set in 53 minutes.
CLARE BALDING: The second set also went into a tie-break, with both
having held their serve throughout. Let's join it at the early stages of
the breaker. THE COMMENTATOR: It is amazing how
he can play those shots so aggressively, but with margin of
error. That was three feet over the net.
It is just delicious, isn't it, if you are a Federer fan, and there are
many, of course. How about missing now and again! Roger Federer, three
perfect forehand winners in the roll.
Make that four. Second set tie-breaker for Roger Federer. 5-1,
as they change. An hour and 40 minutes for Berdych
in the sunshine. He's fought hard. Nothing to show for it. Total
control, but total conviction on those forehands. That one he really
moved his feet well. Once he got it into the hitting zone, accelerated
the racket head through. Took a big gamble with the second
serve. What is the option? It is all or nothing at this point.
It looked completely under control, but it was not a situation he really
wanted to find himself in, Federer, defending a cross-court Berdych
passing shot. It's 6-3. Three set points.
Another big second serve on to the line.
When Federer saw how bad his return was, he might have elected to go for
the challenge. Two sets to love, Roger Federer. It
appears he's... CLARE BALDING: SKALS SKALS. --
appears he's on his way. And that's out. He's lost six of the
last seven points since sharing his Swiss-German views of a missed
forehand. On that occasion it was Federer who came in on an average
approach shot. Berdych made the pass. Federer couldn't control the
volley. Where he's going, Boris, up wide or
out the tee? Wide. Would have been an ace against me as
went there you go. Back to deuce.
Where's he going, Andrew? Wide. UMPIRE: Advantage Federer.
So full-time, where is it going now? Clearly out wide. This for the
hat-trick. Brilliant! Shows what we know!
So a minute ago Berdych had a couple of break points. The next thing you
know a couple of aces, 3-3. Back to normal.
Ultimately they must play with two minds. This is, at this stage, very
much a mental game and a few chances Berdych had, Federer responded every
time. Berdych winning a succession of
points. Federer down 15-40. Four to get out of trouble there and
two here. If this were boxing you would wait
for the referee to step in. Federer relentless with his pressure.
Berdych trying the old serve-volley. Only the seventh time in the match.
A clean strike. Backhand down-the-line. Second serve
smothered. It is the break which could take Federer to the Wimbledon
final. Two sets are now 4-3.
BALDING: Moments later Federer came out to serve for a place in a record
11th Wimbledon final. A nice idea from Berdych. Coming in
from behind a pair of twos there. The third time he tried the drop
shot, third time lucky. And that's it! Tough semifinal. But
no sets lost. Two intensely fought tie-breakers.
Another excellent tournament for Tomas Berdych. He succumbs at the
semifinal stage. A huge ovation from the crowd. Their
appreciation for the man who has given himself a shot at an eighth
Wimbledon championship and a ninth Grand Slam title. Federer won 84% of
his first service points. He spoke afterwards to Phil Jones.
I feel very privileged to be in another final. I know how much it
means to so many players to be able to go out on Centre Court at
Wimbledon at any given time in their career. I've had the pleasure to
play on Centre Court so many times. This time, in another final, it is
so good. I cannot almost believe it's true again. So, I'm happy I
have a day off tomorrow, where I can reflect on everything. I did this
year, this tournament, so I can get really ready for the final. It is
one of the great sporting stories, I think, to take six months off after
last year's Open, now here in another final. Can you put it into
perspective for us? It was a long way back. Last year was so
difficult, just to stay calm and you know, speak to the team and take
another decision that we were going to sit out and wait longer and take
time. I'm so happy I did it. My life continues after tennis, too. That's,
at this point, almost more important than actually playing itself. I want
to be a good dad and a good husband and a guy who can do sports later
on, too. I think giving your body a rest from time to time is a good
thing. As we have seen this time, I am happy it's playing off. For a
second, of course there are doubts there that maybe one day you will
not be able to come back and play a match on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
It happened, it happened so many times this week. Thank you to the
tournament to put me on Centre Court. I feel it is a great honour
for me. Federer so appreciative of any opportunity he's given to play
on Centre. He was phenomenal. An update on the mixed doubles.
Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson lead 5-2. We will go there shortly
for the latest. How good was Roger Federer? How wonderful a human being
is he? Where do we start? I tried the same type of thing he's done,
with far less results. I tried to be a good husband. I don't know if I
did too well. Certainly the first one and tried to be a good father.
That's debatable. I took six months off. I came back, never was the same
player. I mean, the Guy's amazing. It's arguable at 35 he's better than
he ever was. He's moving, it seems like he's moving as well as he did
ten years ago. Now, someone, Clare, you tell me, let this Mr Henman guy
tell me, how it is possible you can pull that stunt off. Take six months
off, win in Australia, decide I am not going to play at the French
Open, so I can be ready for Wimbledon, has not lost a single set
yet. How, Tim? It defies logic. People say, are you surprised by it.
We are naive to be surprised. He is re-writing some of these rules. To
see him move like that, as John said is anticipation and how quick he is.
His footwork around the ball. I mean it is incredible to watch. And today
I feel strongly, that was break point in the Third set. I think
Berdych deserves a lot of credit. He played very well. He played well. He
stuck in there mentally. What is thaul about? How do you do that --
what is that all about? How do you do that? One flick and it is... He
will play shots with no back swing at all. He will pluck it out of the
air. He will do the... He's got so much variety it is intimidating. I
don't know what it is like to be loved by everyone in the world and
have people rooting for you all the time. People do now, it is the
biggest turn around in the world. Even that was true, I am this not
out there talking. That has to be the rush of rushes. They can get you
through tough times. I was surprised because I feel he showed his human
side. The pressure. Everyone is like assuming he'll win it, no ifs or
buts. He looked grumpy out there. He was edgy. He talked to himself more
in this match than I have seen in any match where he didn't even lose
a set. I was really surprised that as well as he was playing, I know
Berdych threw a lot of different things at him. I don't feel the
outcome was ever in doubt. Boris gave us the translation of the
swish/German. What was it? That it was unfortunate he missed that shot.
Words to that effect. . Was that the accurate translation? I don't
believe so. I don't believe I ever heard Federer say a bad word. It was
fine. No, Court One, I believe it is match
point for Watson and Kontinen. They're in the final again! They've
come through in a pulsating semifinal again worthy opponents,
the number two seeds. But they've been removed. And a certain
embarrassment for the seeding committee! But they've got to the
final again unequivocally seeded and in what a manner.
An absolutely fantastic match. So much fun, so entertaining.
Terrific playing. But Kontinen and Watson were that little bit better.
Annabel Croft comment Tating on that match.
But let's not talk about the other semifinal yet, we will see the best
of that. Who won? You are naughty.
Do you think, sometimes, John that Kontinen is amazed at himself? I
don't think so at this point. But the fact he has done what he has
done after this long lay off, may be surprising him even a little bit. He
practiced his shots. Hitting it to the ball boy. He is working on shots
even then. But I have to think that not a whole lot surprises him. But
tell me I'm wrong. I saw him practicing with Berdych
the week before the tournament. Out on court 8, court 9. It was a joke.
I sat there for 20, 30 minute, some of the shots he was hitting. It was
a clinic of shot-making. When he has done those types of things he has
such confidence and belief in his own ability, when he can do it on a
practice court, why not on a match court. And when he makes it, it
gives him the basis to keep trying. Now, talking about mixed doubles,
Heather Watson and Henry Kontinen are into the final to defend their
title. But Jamie Murray has paired up with Martina Hingis for the first
time. They were against Demolina and Martinez Sanchez.
Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis, a doubles dream team. A partnership
started by text. They broke twice in the first three games. Mixed doubles
this good is a popular attraction, the problem, well, we don't see much
of them. They work quickly, ruthlessly.
A set to love, that can only be described as rapid.
Their set done in 21 minutes. Maria Sanchez and Demolina had been the
support act but they relaxed into this. When they tried to apply
pressure, Murray, a mixed doubles winner had the tools to ease it.
Hingis has won pretty much all there is in doubles, winner rice when it
matters. Another level. How did she find that spot.
A level above her opponents. For all she's achieved, Hingis keeps coming
back to do it all again. She and Murray will take some
stopping. So whatever happens there will be a
British winner on Sunday. Now we know that Roger Federer is in
the men's final. Who would he face? Marin Cilic was taking on Sam
Querrey in the other final. This is the best tournament and my
favourite tournament. I look forward to it every year. So it's easy to
get excited. You and he played the second longest
history in the semifinal match four years ago? It was a tough match.
17-15 in the fifth. So when I got together with my coach, as I lost, I
tried to figure out how to beat him. And if I play well, hopefully I can
come out on top. Cilic is in the Wimbledons
semi-finals! I'm feeling refreshed, physically and mentally. So you are
able to execute all you want to, and to be ready for the small
opportunities when they arrive. It's the Men's Semi-finals Day. Sam
Querrey and Marin Cilic to kick it off. There will be a lot of aces in
this match. Two big men. Who will be more
aggressive more consistently, whoever it is will be in the finals.
In terms of serving techniques, this is simple, Regimented, throw it up,
hit it! It's great hitting and lovely
dexterity from Querrey. Both guys have surprisingly good
touch. That's a good shot.
A tremendous shot. Very dependable win for Cilic.
And so after 35 minutes we reach the point we thought we would do you 35
minutes ago... -- do 35 minutes ago... And Cilic goes long. I've had
many a teacher try to get that into my thick skull, make them earn it
and this should have been put away. The first one should have been put
away. That's a great shot from Cilic. It's
unlucky for Querrey. I thought it was wide. He chose to play it. He's
still looking at the line. Brilliantly played by Querrey!
Really aggressive challenging of Cilic there. Good court recognition.
The understanding that Cilic would have to slice this and mis-hit. He
forced the issue. That's a bad error from Cilic. So,
Sam Querrey, one big serve away from the open set of this Wimbledon
semifinal. Oh, two errors from Cilic on the
backhand side and advantage, USA! Great play from Cilic.
He must have been shaking a bit at the start of that game. But he holds
on. An important game. I know it is only the second set but Cilic is on
a bit of a downer right now. He has to battle through that.
Oh, well he hung in there, Cilic. Brilliant! There's the big roar from
Cilic. The first break of the match. Strong, emotional effort by Cilic to
re-establish himself here in the last ten minutes or so.
With a strut and a swagger and another big serve, Cilic squares
this semifinal. He's emotionally flat but physically
fatigued. A big moment here. Cilic thinks he's
won it. On the back of the line... And Cilic
in front. And Cilic now officially on a roll.
And from nowhere... Querrey has maybe Claude himself back into this
match. Well, what do you know. What do you
know! That is something else. He just pulled the rabbit out of the
hat here. You've got to love this game,
haven't you? The ebb and flow. It's just crazy.
He's made it. Made it! Incredible shot. How did he make that?
Federer-like. Tie-break. That is some point.
Perfect time and then the switch of the sides. Both of them could use a
breather after that. There's the error.
The roar from the Croat. He's won set away.
One set away from a first Wimbledon final.
Now if Querrey can get this next point.
Just when you thought it was safe to go and put the kettle on.
It's in. Oh, brilliant, brilliant from Cilic.
An awkward shot from Cilic right here, what do you do? That is
beautiful. You know what Cilic has won a game,
he let's the world know. But after almost three hours, two match
points, for Marin Cilic... Well, it's safe to say he got tight
on that one. Got it! Pile-driving winner! Down
the line from Marin Cilic. At the 11th time of asking on Sunday
afternoon for Marin Cilic, opportunity knocks.
Marin, after 11 attempts you are now a Wimbledon finalist. How does it
sound? Unbelievable. Especially the way that this tournament unfolded.
From the first round playing great tennis. Today was a hard-fought
battle. Sam played a high level of tennis. Especially in the first set.
He was serving big, hitting big. I had my chances. 4-1 up in the
tie-break. I didn't convert it. But after, I felt I was just a little
better on the return games. So I was making him a little more play on his
service games. Overall I felt that the level was really, really high.
You and Sam have fought tremendous battles, as you have said, here at
Wimbledon over the years. Long ones as well, apart from how well you
played, did you have a psychological advantage over him today to give you
the edge? I wouldn't say so. Sam came out serving huge, hitting big.
I felt that he was not tight at all. I felt he was really into his mode
and playing well. That pushed me obviously to play big tennis towards
the end of the match. I was definitely glad and lucky a little
bit to get that break back in the fourth and to get that advantage. To
get back into the match. To be fair to Sam Querrey, a
terrific effort. He had had 12 hours on court before today and the first
player in tennis to win three consecutive matches. He put up a
great fight. But Cilic, he does a bit more, John? He does quite a bit
more than he used to. He moves well for a guy of 6ft 6. He is solid on
the ground. He volleys well. Both of them do. He showed some excellent
touches. On Monday, you asked who was I impressed by most, it was
Cilic. Did I expect him to go to the finals, with the likes of Andy
Murray and Rafael Nadal, no? But he was the guy at the top four along
with Milos Raonic that could go along way. But it had to be a little
tough for Sam Querrey, as well as he played. You hit the nail on the
head. Three straight five-setters, it finally caught up to him.
He legs looked a little heavier. Cilic has his fair share of long
matches. He has the belief, Tim, the size and the speed. He has Jonas
Bjorkman in his camp. What is in Cilic that makes his dangerous? He
has the history of having won a Grand Slam in the US Open in 2014.
He demolished Sam Querrey in the finals and against Kei Nishikori
also. He comes in with grass court pedigree. I am wondering if there is
cemetery to last year. Roanic in the final of Queen's and Wimbledon. He
was into the final of Queen's. Match against Lopez. And match points. So
he is coming in confident. He has big weapons, he has beaten Federer.
He's the underdog but I think he will fancy his chances.
When they last met here and Goran Ivanisevic was there, there were
three second serves and Goran said: If there is a lesson from last year,
when Federer is down, you need to stamp on him, kick him, hurt him
more. Very cruel! I was working with Milos and Carlos Moya was working
with Milos at the time. He was saying, it is hard to believe but
better to play Federer than Cilic as the match-up is not good. So that
gives an idea that there are people that respect what Marin can
springing to the table. We have to keep in mind that is very important.
Roger Federer is playing at a far higher level than last year and he
is healthier and moving better. So throw in the factors, it swings in
his favour. Also, to bear in mind it is
Federer's 11th final, and Cilic's first at the 11th attempt. Looking
at how they match up. Federer on grass has the one meeting so close
last year and has a 6-1 overall advantage. Tim, how do you see that?
It speaks for itself. Federer against most is going to have the
advantage before they start. But when it comes down to the finals of
an event like this, it is the best of five-set match. A two-horse race.
Cilic has to go out with a game plan. To look to dictate, to bully
Federer. The more time you give Federer, the opportunity it is for
him to make you do the running. He must be aggressive. To have the
mindset, he is a fantastic tournament, Federer is the
favourite. He doesn't have so much to lose. He must really go for it.
Don't be passive and come off the court and then say I wish I had gone
for it more. Which Roanic did not do last year. He froze. It is important
to point out it is his first final here. But also important to point
out it is not his first Grand Slam. Although, you play Kei Nishikori or
Roger Federer, that is a huge difference mentally.
He has the advantage of age. Cilic is 28, Roger is 35. In terms of time
on court, Cilic has spent more hours, almost like two matches more.
He has had 4.5 hours more earn court. That's because he is 28,
Clare. He better spend a little extra time to earn the right to play
this guy! Listen, this is going to be a tall order any way we paint it.
He has the weapons to do it with the belief. He has to take the raquet
out of Federer's hands. But if Roger plays the way he played today on
Sunday. I am picking Roger Federer to win this. Four sets.
Tim? Federer to win. OK. Let's catch up on the wheelchair
tennis action. Alfie Hewett for Britain missed out on a place for
his first wheelchair finals against Gustavo Fernandez.
Get your raquet! He's a terrific player.
And Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji are playing Sunday morning live from
Gordon Reid were in action together. They were up begins Gustavo
Fernandez and S harks ngo Kamida. And celebrating there. They are into
the men's doubles final. That is live tomorrow morning on BBC Two.
That is at 11.00am. We like to show you something
different. If you come here to the outside court you get the chance to
invite to the features doubles. But if you are in the audience watching
you must be prepared for anything. So this guy has been owled from the
crowd. Kim is saying you better wear whites. There is no chance!
Honestly. Oh, my goodness. He got it on! No
way! OK. Well now he has to step up. And the top, so now he is all in
white. Kim is falling apart laughing! Here we go.
Go on! Oh! That is a good effort. Kim gives him a big hug. I love
that. Conchita matter he's on court as well. This is great.
Right, now back to the sensible stuff. In the women's final Garbina
Muguruza is up against Venus Williams and Annabelle Croft has
been assessing the strengths and the weaknesses of both.
Venus Williams brings out on to a tennis court incredible intimidation
factor and aggression. What she has been doing well is standing on the
baseline, taking the ball early, pummelling ground strokes into the
corners. She has a fantastic serve. The most effective is the body
serve. It clean bolded Johanna Konta several times during the course of
the semi-finals. If there was a weakness, it could be the second
serve that loses rhythm. When shoe Louis rhythm she goes up and down on
the spot instead of reaching up. So it lands short enabling the opponent
to step in and give the return a good crunch. The other weakness may
be on the forehand wing. It was weaker but improved. You have to
work hard to stay in the rallies, to stay with her to try to get the
forehand to break down. Garbina Muguruza comes out on to the
court with incredible aggress. One of the things she has done well is
stand up on the baseline to take the ground strokes early. When you watch
her return of serve she is inside the baseline, almost both feet off
the ground taking the back feet return of serve, up in the air and
trying to gain the initiative in the rally. Both sides are evil matched
forehand and backhand with a very good serve. It is difficult to pick
out the weaknesses but perhaps it is that she doesn't have the variety.
If her game is on, it is on but if it is off, she can start to miss
big. Both of the players come into the final having played six
incredibly impressive matches. But it feels like Venus Williams' level
is that little higher. They will both be aggressive. It will be about
first-strike tennis. But I think Venus Williams feels like she owns
the court. It is where she has had greatest successes in her career.
She knows how to play the right shot at the right time on the scoreline.
She will be very difficult to beat. It will be a sensational final.
John, is America getting excited? They are getting more excited. It
would have been nice to have Sam. But clearly they know more of Venus
and her story, similar to Roger, doing well at a late stage. So it
would be awesome. But thankful she is in the finals.
Tim, it is extraordinary. You must be thinking of coming out of
retirement soon? Oh... ! We know you are fit. You ran up here, barely out
of breath? No, it will not happen. We marvel at Federer, Venus is older
and playing just as well. Who do you think will win the
Women's Final? Venus. She's had a tough tough time coming into the
event. So to play as well as she has to get through to the final. I think
that she will finish it off. 2.00pm start. John? She has had an
incredible career. And she shows a new level after what happened a few
weeks ago, before the tournament. You can argue it anyway but it feels
like destiny. Venus Williams in three sets. I hope. It would be
wonderful to have a good match. The Women's match have been great. So
the weather forecast, bright start. Cloud in the middle of the day. The
risk of a shower. The afternoon and evening should be dry with sunny
spells. Temperatures in the highs of 21 Celsius. Now, time for the Shot
of the Day. Who else could we give it to by Roger... Which one? You can
talk us through. You clearly articulated that Roger makes even
wonderful people feel inferior. That one! It is good enough for me. You
hit what you think is a great swing and volley, to a court where you
think no way can a guy cover it. There you go, back of the line.
And Roger Federer is against Marin Cilic on Sunday. It will be a
classic weekend. As we know, the best ones are the old ones. Thanks
to Tim and John. We'll see you tomorrow.
Clare Balding is your host for highlights of the day's play at Wimbledon. Clare and her guests from the world of tennis bring you the best of the action and all the crucial talking points from the men's semi-finals at SW19.