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I know who killed Abigail Toms. Her Majesty will present the

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Wasn't that clever? Thank you for those wise words, Boris. It is men's

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semifinals day today at Wimbledon 2017 and in a couple of hours, we

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will know the final two who will contest Sunday's final. Anticipation

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and excitement in the air, it is always a tense day, but those who

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hold their nerve when they line up to serve will make it through. This

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championship has had many twists, turns, surprises and shocks, this

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final four is not the big four were expected, but the Booty of the grass

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means even today with one overwhelming favourites to win, we

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should expect the unexpected. -- the Booty. This is the line-up.

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Sam Querrey is the big serving American who beat Andy Murray in the

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quarters. He's much more than an ace machine. He has game suited for

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grass. His opponent is the cool and classic Croat Marin Cilic who

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already has a grand slam title and also serves basis for fun and loves

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the surface. -- aces. Roger Federer is audibly the greatest player of

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all-time, winning here seven times, 18 grand slam titles, and a win sees

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him reach a record 11th Wimbledon final. Not surprisingly, he is the

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one to beat. Facing the Swiss legend is Tomas Berdych, runner-up here in

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2010, and on the way to the final, he beat Roger Federer. The Czech has

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the Murray but he will need to fire on all cylinders today to stand a

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chance. -- has the armoury. This is the order on Centre Court. Querrey

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against Cilic, followed by Federer against Berdych, watch the drama

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unfold this afternoon on the BBC. Our 45 minutes -- 45 minutes ago,

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Querrey and Cilic were poised to walk onto Centre Court, Sam Querrey

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is the first American to walk on Centre Court in the semifinals

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since... Andy Roddick. Earlier, Tomas Berdych, beaten by Rafael

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Nadal in the 2010 final, was warming up. And he was hitting here with

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Federer in preparation for Wimbledon, did he learn anything? We

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shall see. That is the man Berdych has the beat, and Federer's

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quarterfinal victory over Milos Raonic was magnificent. Majestic,

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not enough words to describe how this man is at the tennis player

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Andy sporting icon. Good afternoon. We are blessed to have Roger Federer

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in the sport, playing in his 19th consecutive championships here,

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bidding for his eighth Wimbledon title, to take his grand slam title

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up to 90. Record after record with Roger. And this is the great man a

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couple of moments ago on the players balcony with his friend and agent

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Tony, watching the outside courts. You would not know he has a

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Wimbledon semifinal this afternoon, but that is the way he prepares for

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it. And he will be ready when the time comes. I wonder if he will be

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worried about the weather? Probably not, they have got the roof on

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Centre Court, but will they need that today?

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Let's find out from Carol. I don't think so! We are looking at a lot of

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cloud around but we will see a break and sunny intervals as well. In the

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sunshine, temperatures as high as 22 Celsius, but under the cloud, more

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like 20. We also have a noticeable north-westerly breeze. Through the

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afternoon, that will ease. Into the evening, we have a similar scenario

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with cloud, but we will see sunny breaks in that the temperature is

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slipping. Tomorrow, fairly cloudy, the cloud building through the

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morning. From noon until three o'clock, a 40% chance of light rain.

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After that, the risk diminishes. Richard Brittain up. And it will

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turn more humid -- that will brighten up. Highs of 24 Celsius. We

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can cope with that, Carol, thank you! You can watch all the matches

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from the Doubles, the boys and girls competition and the wheelchair

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Championships on the BBC sport website and the red button. And we

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would like you to join in the competition -- the conversation as

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well. So many ways you can continue to watch Wimbledon. Before we go to

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Centre Court, we were just update Court 17, were Alfie Hewitt is

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facing Gustavo Fernandez and going well, taking the first set 6-4,

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three games all, and that match will be on BBC Two soon. Now we are going

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to Centre Court for the first of the men's semifinals, Sam Querrey

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against Marin Cilic. They played here in 2012, the second longest

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match in the history of the Championships, it could be a long

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afternoon. It is six games all, but Querrey has a mini-break of serve in

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the tie-break. So let's join this live with our commentators John

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McEnroe and John infidel. -- John infidel.

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Just when you thought Querrey had the initiative, nobody does. Cilic

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much more animated than the big American. And whatever happens here,

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it will be set point after this. That is a tight return all there.

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Almost too much time to think about that one. That was a second serve

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from big serving, big hitting Sam Querrey, at 88 hours per hour. It is

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set point for the American. Six all, six all. We should not be

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surprised at the margins have been so then when they have played here.

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The good thing about this set, it has not just been about serves.

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There has been neat footwork and nice touches at the net, good ground

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strokes. Because there have been matches this championship this year

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when you have had big guys against big guys and there have been no

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rallies. I did a much earlier in the championship, the longest rally in

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the first sets was four shots. This has been engaging and it maybe on

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simmer at the moment and maybe it will boil over as the afternoon

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progresses. That was in, more than in hope and

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expectation. That was very close. Yes. It never really moved to the

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other side. I think he sensed that ball was just out. Sam is determined

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to stay closer to the baseline, to return the second serve. Someone has

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just fallen over in the stands. It is set is all -- six all, second

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serve. Employee tennis terms, a scene that means he will get a first

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serve back. -- in tennis terms. Various members of the Armed Forces

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going into the stand on the left of Sam Querrey. The umpire is on the

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phone to Wimbledon officials, just to clarify the situation here. I

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can't see if it is a man or a woman but somebody has clearly collapsed,

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five or six rounds back from the court edge. And it is not

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particularly warm here today. McGhee, the low 70s in temperature.

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And Sam Querrey watching like a hawk what is going on there at the

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moment. I think this happened with Marin in an earlier match, there was

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a big delay. It happened at Queen's as well. This time for it. You hope

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whoever it it is OK. Our line of sight, it is a lady.

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Obscured by people standing up in front of her. She is able to walk

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away from courtside and is being assisted down the steps by a couple

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of the members of the Armed Forces here. So hopefully, she is going to

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be all right. In the meantime, for the games Giants, the stress level

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just went up. -- for these two Giants. A lot more time than these

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two anticipated. So does he gets a first serve back? Yes, he is going

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to get a first serve. Should he gets a first serve?

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Oh, maybe it was the delay. Maybe his mind wasn't quite there, that is

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a bad error from Cilic. So Sam Querrey. One big serve away from the

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opening set of this Wimbledon semifinal.

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Well, two errors from Cilic on the backhand side and advantage USA.

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Well, you did say it was more important for Querrey to win that

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opening set, so he has done what you requested. And Cilic, who is to say

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how much that unfortunate incident with the lady played with his mind?

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Those were two errors the like of which he had not hit the previous 45

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minutes. Yes. That is unfortunate, surprisingly poor. Even with the

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tension and stress. That's why they place them up, that's why you don't

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know for sure because everything pointed, especially earlier in the

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tie-break, that Cilic would pull it off, he has never lost to Querrey

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and he has been here more often. Arguably, his form has been better.

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Yet Sam Querrey has just hung around and competed harder than he ever

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has. His belief, you can see it. With him. He is not a man that shows

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a lot of emotion. But this opportunity, when you see a

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defending champion injured and beaten down, you can capitalise and

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see... He never thought he would be in this position. A Wimbledon final.

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He is two sets away from a Wimbledon final. This is amazing. When they

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met here in that match a couple of years ago that was the second

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longest match in Wimbledon's history, it was also 8-6 in the

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first set tie-break, but on that occasion to Cilic. Most people would

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have picked Cilic. He just looked like he felt the pressure got to

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him. He is not the first guy that has happened to, or woman. Nor will

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he be the last. And you know they get given volumes

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and volumes and volumes of statistics and facts and figures

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about these matches every day. From the press room. But there is one

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thing I thought, really? This is not to jinx Marin Cilic so early in the

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second set. But I could not believe that no

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number seven seed has ever got to the final of Wimbledon. In the Open

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era, isn't that just amazing? Has a 24 seed? Just so he doesn't feel so

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bad! I doubt that. 24 seeds making it to the final. That was the one

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fact I didn't have! In a million facts, it was the one I was looking

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for! 133 miles per hour. Going to be

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upset if you are Cilic right now, he will feel like he blew that set.

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If Roger Federer is going to win the second match, if, who would he

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rather play in the final which marked Odyssey not care? He probably

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doesn't care, knowing him. -- in the final? Or does he not care? This

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would be one way to ease the pain if Cilic could finally get the service

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break. Two errors from Cilic cost him that tie-break. And two errors

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from Querrey giving him a brooch back in.

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A little slow to react to that short ball, if used stand as far back as

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Cilic on the return, you had better get yourself back into a better

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position. Especially if you hit it cleanly. And you should anticipate

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sure to reply. -- is sure to reply. Well, Cilic was eyeing up an early

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break. But things are falling away of Querrey at the moment. It is

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almost worse for Cilic. He was able to get the break point, finally, and

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then not capitalise. So that will intensify his frustration after

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having dumped the first set and the tie-break. We will have to be real

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careful right here. He will be aware that Querrey has played three long

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five set matches and he would think that the longer he is in this game,

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the more he is really in this game? He let an opportunity slip.

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Adrenaline could be a wonderful thing. I suspect Sam is running on

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some of it right now. Sam's likes to me have more life

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than they did earlier in the Murray match. -- leg.

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Maybe by the nature of the circumstances as well, do you think

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Querrey did not get enough credit for how well he played against

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Murray? Because of the injury, yes. He started to play incredible tennis

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towards the latter stages, the last two sets. He is not somebody... He

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actually relaxed. You can hear the flawed as the ball

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hits the back of the court. -- the noise. Sam showed the tennis world

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something when he was able to capitalise against his four match

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points playing Anderson and came back. A lesser man would have gone

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away and lost that. Great play! From Cilic. Must have

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been shaking a bit at the start of that game, but he holds on. That is

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a pretty important game. I know it is early in the second set, but

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emotionally, Cilic is on a bit of a downer right now. He's got to battle

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through that. Being the favourite, expectation

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comes with that. A lot of people were talking about Cilic even before

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this event. Especially as the draw has unfolded for him. Pretty big

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favourite to get to the final. That is a colossal serve out wide

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from Querrey. Not doing a lot of serve and volley,

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but then again, they don't need to. Four aces from Querrey, seven from

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Cilic so far. Less than a minute. Querrey is leading. So is the key

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thing for Cilic to hang in there for the moment the ship and get to

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neutral, and then see where we go from there? Yes, the first thing,

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make sure you don't lose your own serve. You put as much energy as you

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have and focus in the step one. Step two would be, because Sam Querrey

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has played a lot more than his opponent, to make this guy work. You

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can see that Querrey, his forehand is his other weapon. And when you

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give this guy the opportunity, he can really debilitate you. And he

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has done an excellent job of that in this event. You have got to make

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this guy work hard point in and point out if you are Cilic. I don't

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particularly like his strategy of standing as far back off the return

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as he is, he is giving up some court positioning. And he is allowing

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Querrey to dictate more of these points. These two great men that I

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grew up watching, Rudd labour there. And these great conversations

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generation to generation, the physicality is so different. The

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weapons people have at their disposal. We can talk for about

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whether Laver would be a great player in this era, but here he was

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a different size, that might prevent him competing. If he had these

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rackets, he could have done some damage. But he has served at 130

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mph? Probably not that big. Oh, he hung in there, Cilic! Shot

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selection on the second overhead. The ball did not bounce high enough

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so he was forced to go to the slice. He should have won the point a

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couple of different times, hand it to Cilic for battling. That is

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exactly what he needs to do, hang in there.

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I put Sam played a great first point. Probably contributed to that

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double fault. First one of the match.

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Sam is not budging so he is convinced that was wide. Which just

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goes to show... Well, that ball did not really go

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through to Querrey, so he was reaching for it.

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For Cilic it is about being gritty and determined and resolute at the

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moment. You talked about what Cilic needs to

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do and one of those would be to extend rallies and make him work

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harder but that is easier said than done. When you're trying to deal

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with Querrey's serve and his forehand... You don't get in a lot

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of long points. I would like to see him standing

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close on the second serve. On the last one he retreated further

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behind the baseline. He hit a good return but you need to hit it deep

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otherwise Querrey can take over the point with one shot. Or at least mix

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it up. Querrey misfiring a bit at the moment.

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But 0-30 on Querrey's serve is only an opportunity. That is a heck of a

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play. Especially with the half-volley he had to hit.

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That was the biggest serve he has hit, to go wide at 132, nothing

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Cilic could do. 0-30 on the Querrey serve, you are not halfway towards

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the game. APPLAUSE

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Cilic clenches his fist. And in the context of this match, this is one

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of those very rare points, a break point opportunity. And in this case,

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it is on Sam Querrey's serve. Not a good time for the wind to kick

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up if you are serving. Serve and volley second serve and gets away

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with it. There was the raw, look at his mouth. -- roar.

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Querrey watched that really well. The swirling wind, what it going in

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or coming out? -- was it. It was very well done considering the

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circumstances. That is a good hold. Cilic shakes his head.

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Because the number of break point we are going to see in this match,

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however long it goes, will probably count on the fingers of two hands so

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if you get a chance you have to take it. Absolutely, and especially make

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your opponent Burn it, make him hit a ball, a tough volley -- make your

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opponent earn it. When you get a second serve, and it is makeable,

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that is when you tear your hair out. Querrey has plugged away, he has

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continued to execute at a high level. And he has got to be starting

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to believe that he can get to a Grand Slam final. Cilic is the one

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who feels his centres are reeling a bit and he is starting to battle

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himself -- his senses. How deep can you dig in order to get to a

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Wimbledon final, for either of these guys, for the first time? From

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Querrey's point of view, there must be the thought that this might be my

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one and only opportunity to get to a Grand Slam final, don't blow it.

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There is some truth to that but then again he did not think he would be

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here in the first place. You have got both sides of your mind, the

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good and bad, telling you different things and you have got to try to

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focus on this unexpected opportunity. He certainly seems

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relaxed. There was a yelp of frustration from

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Querrey. But nowhere near the Richter scale

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of Cilic earlier. Former England rugby captain

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Lawrence Dallaglio. What are we all going to do with our

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Saturday mornings after the last few weeks? Ace number ten.

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We did not expect there to be a whole lot between these two tall men

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and there is not. The second longest match ever played here was when they

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last played at Wimbledon. And it has all the makings of a long

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one again. Querrey has never been in this position. He has played a lot

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of tennis to get here. He has got to be feeling something in those legs.

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I was going to say a good strike but it was just long.

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This is a replica of the situation in Querrey's previous service game

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but he managed to escape from that. It will be hard at this time. The

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first signs of some fatigue and a little bit lethargic out there.

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Cilic might feel he can finally take advantage of it. There was a mini

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roar from Cilic is that drifted long and stand-by for a real big one if

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he breaks here. Brilliant. There is the big roar

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from Cilic. The first break of the match.

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It could be a big moment. It certainly can. You could see that

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one guy was battling nerves little bit, recognising the amount of

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opportunities he had, frustrated he was not able to pull out the first

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set in a tie-break he thought he should have won and frustrated he

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had not broken already with the couple of opportunities. But I

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believe sensing that for the first time Querrey got a little bit weary,

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a tiny bit. And you could see him reaching for some balls,

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understandable given that he has played three consecutive five set

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matches and maybe the reality of what he could be accomplishing, to

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get to a Wimbledon final, hit him and you have to credit Marin Cilic

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for continuing to battle as hard as he did and finally getting rewarded

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for it. Now Querrey again, soon, he may not win this set, but he has

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defined another dear, another wind, so he can get himself to a position

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again where he feels he can pull this off -- another gear.

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It is a fascinating battle of wills, mental and physical strength. At the

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moment, it might be advantage Cilic. And he is missing a few at the

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moment, Querrey, and the whole mental side of sport is laid bare

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here for as on Centre Court. No matter what sport you are playing,

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that is a fascinating duo, I wonder what they're talking about, Sachin

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Tendulkar, the greatest batsmen of all time and Eddie Jones, the

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England coach. -- England rugby coach.

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They are probably talking about, I didn't realise they made them this

:43:39.:43:45.

tall in tennis! Think if you put Sachin Tendulkar and Eddie Jones

:43:46.:43:49.

together they would be the same size as Marin Cilic!

:43:50.:44:07.

Shot. Eddie is actually wondering if Cilic has a grandparent who came

:44:08.:44:17.

from Lowestoft and he might be able to play in the back row for England.

:44:18.:44:27.

Strong emotional effort by Cilic to re-establish himself here in the

:44:28.:44:32.

last ten minutes or so. The seventh seed, he has been ranked

:44:33.:44:57.

as high as six in the world, finished in the top ten on two

:44:58.:45:03.

occasions, top 15 on four other occasions. He has been knocking on

:45:04.:45:10.

the door. And he was knocking on the door last year, two set up against

:45:11.:45:15.

Federer and lost in five. He will not be thinking about that at the

:45:16.:45:19.

moment but he might do in 48 hours' time. You look at his drawer, Rafael

:45:20.:45:25.

Nadal, I had to deal with him, Andy Murray, I don't have to deal with

:45:26.:45:31.

him. This is a golden opportunity. To win this, he is only going to

:45:32.:45:35.

have to beat one of the top four. At the most. Shot. Actually one of

:45:36.:45:46.

the top 15. That was hit hard. He has really got

:45:47.:46:19.

his eye in at the moment. In Tendulkar speak.

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It was a canny serve from Querrey but just long. That was a canny

:46:33.:46:43.

serve as well. One of the few times Cilic did try to take that second

:46:44.:46:48.

serve on early and Sam immediately went right into the body. That is a

:46:49.:46:56.

gutsy hold from the American. He doesn't seem to have a whole lot

:46:57.:47:17.

of spring in the legs at the moment. Clearly what he would need to try to

:47:18.:47:23.

take a good swing, attack are served if given the chance. He has do hope

:47:24.:47:29.

that Cilic tightens up here. Otherwise he is going to have to sit

:47:30.:47:33.

back down in a minute or two and regroup mentally. You can see him

:47:34.:47:41.

trying to chew on something to give him a bit of energy because he knows

:47:42.:47:45.

he will be in for the long haul, especially if he does not win this

:47:46.:47:54.

game. That is our first look at the Hill today. They might not be as

:47:55.:48:01.

partisan in this match as they undoubtedly will be in the second

:48:02.:48:05.

when I think Tomas Berdych will find himself very much the underdog when

:48:06.:48:09.

it comes to the affections of the crowd, but almost everybody has that

:48:10.:48:12.

when Roger Federer is on the other side of the net. That is for sure.

:48:13.:48:20.

So here is the opportunity for Marin Cilic to square things up at one set

:48:21.:48:23.

apiece. And even the net is against Querrey

:48:24.:48:55.

at the moment. APPLAUSE

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With a swagger and another big serve, Cilic squares this semifinal.

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SUE BARKER: After one hour and 20 for minute it is honest even on

:50:24.:50:29.

Centre Court. We will be right back with this match. Everybody here on

:50:30.:50:34.

the Hill enjoying watching the drama unfold on Centre Court. They came

:50:35.:50:39.

here earlier to claim their place on Henman Hill because they have the

:50:40.:50:41.

match they are enjoying right now and coming up later, a man with the

:50:42.:50:44.

most impressive record. The one and only Roger Federer will

:50:45.:51:38.

be in action on Centre Court later against Tomas Berdych. Other matches

:51:39.:51:43.

being played here at Wimbledon today and out on court 17, Alfie Hewett,

:51:44.:51:48.

the French Open champion, started well by taking the opening set

:51:49.:51:52.

against Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina, the number two seed, but

:51:53.:51:55.

lost the second set in a tie-break and is down a break in the third.

:51:56.:52:02.

That match is on BBC Two. And on the red button, the feature match is on

:52:03.:52:08.

Court Number One web Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina are one

:52:09.:52:14.

set and 5-1 up over Groenefeld and Tesco, just one game away from

:52:15.:52:17.

booking their place in the final. That is on the red button -- and

:52:18.:52:22.

Peschke. We are heading back to Centre Court.

:52:23.:52:29.

JOHN MCENROE: The force may be with Cilic at the moment but it is key

:52:30.:52:37.

for Querrey that he holds at the start of this third set. And the

:52:38.:52:46.

kick second serve is giving Cilic plenty of time to unload off that

:52:47.:52:48.

return. That was a shriek from Querrey. And

:52:49.:53:13.

the first sign of anger and frustration, and maybe tiredness as

:53:14.:53:20.

well. I would be amazed if there was not some of that.

:53:21.:53:39.

Guess who is picking up on it. Cilic.

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So three break points right at the start of this third set. And the

:53:50.:54:01.

pendulum swinging towards Croatia. He needs two more of those.

:54:02.:54:19.

He has got to give it everything he had got here and just go big. Or go

:54:20.:54:24.

home. Mr Querrey is challenging the call

:54:25.:54:42.

on the right sideline, the ball was called out. It was a great strike,

:54:43.:54:53.

124 mph. The umpire called it. Second service. And he had a great

:54:54.:54:57.

vantage point, just. Neatly played by Querrey. An

:54:58.:55:17.

agonising moment, you thought it might have drifted wide, but from 0-

:55:18.:55:22.

42 deuce. You can see where Cilic can get in trouble because he is so

:55:23.:55:25.

far back on that second serve return. He has to jump on that short

:55:26.:55:32.

dotball but it ended up costing him the point and perhaps the game --

:55:33.:55:34.

shorter ball. You can't hit a tennis ball any

:55:35.:56:18.

better than that. He was on the full run gone absolutely crushes it.

:56:19.:56:31.

He saw that early, both players going behind their respective

:56:32.:56:42.

opponent, both seem to have gotten away from that. I think that would

:56:43.:56:45.

be a strong move to utilise that more often.

:56:46.:57:02.

It is only the first game of this third set but this may have

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considerable bearing on the passage into the final.

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APPLAUSE Well done, Querrey. He kept his

:57:23.:57:31.

head. There was some scurrying from Cilic on the other side. He has

:57:32.:57:37.

shown some excellent hands and feel throughout this tournament.

:57:38.:57:53.

They long, topsy-turvy first game of the third set. -- a long first game.

:57:54.:58:13.

And in the final analysis, who is to say how significant that could be?

:58:14.:58:17.

Because if Cilic had broken, it would've been a marked advantage.

:58:18.:58:21.

You would still say he has the edge and is probable winner at this

:58:22.:58:26.

particular point but in order for Sam to keep positive and also not

:58:27.:58:31.

let the fatigue infiltrate his mind more, that was an extremely

:58:32.:58:35.

important game and very well done to pull it out.

:58:36.:58:41.

That could give him that second wind, that extra boost, that extra

:58:42.:58:49.

gear he is going to need to get to the final. And Cilic is thinking, I

:58:50.:58:54.

should have broken, I should be 1-0 up. A few mind games he has to deal

:58:55.:58:58.

with here. One of those balls rejected out of

:58:59.:59:20.

hand by Cilic. They have been hit so hard, it lost

:59:21.:59:27.

all its fluff. Both guys having a pretty good day

:59:28.:59:41.

percentage-wise come up in the high 60s. Five percentage points higher

:59:42.:59:48.

than either one of them has served during the entire tournament.

:59:49.:59:54.

Pretty clear right now that Cilic, physically, is the fresher of the

:59:55.:59:58.

two. Fairly straightforward for the

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Croat. One set all, one game all. That is exactly what you want to do

:00:53.:00:57.

if you are Cilic, you came so close to breaking. Win the game quickly.

:00:58.:01:03.

Get back on Querrey's shoulders. Keep making him work hard.

:01:04.:01:32.

Well,... The heartbeat goes up a notch. And then back again.

:01:33.:02:12.

He is not moving as well as he was an hour ago. No, and he has taken

:02:13.:02:20.

the air out of the building, as they say, a bit.

:02:21.:02:38.

Oh! So he is emotionally flat. Physically fatigued. And getting a

:02:39.:02:53.

bit Kelis. And showing signs of frustrated -- and getting a bit

:02:54.:02:58.

Kelis, and showing signs of frustration. All bad signs. The

:02:59.:03:03.

crowd saying, come on, Sam. Two big points.

:03:04.:03:17.

A very tired to serve at 133 miles per hour from Querrey. He looked

:03:18.:03:26.

exhausted. But it is still break point.

:03:27.:03:39.

Big moment here, Cilic thinks he has won it. And Querrey only half played

:03:40.:03:48.

the shot because he thought it was long. But it wasn't. On the back of

:03:49.:04:01.

the line. And Cilic in front. Well, he didn't half plate, that ball

:04:02.:04:07.

caught the line it held up a little bit, extremely tough to tan doll --

:04:08.:04:14.

to handle. And Cilic officially on a roll. Four service games in a row

:04:15.:04:19.

from Querrey and he could have won all of them. He could have lost all

:04:20.:04:27.

of them. Talking about Cilic? Yes. Energy wise, Querrey has dropped

:04:28.:04:36.

down. Cilic has picked up on it. And it is going to be a tall order now

:04:37.:04:42.

for Querrey. He's got to dig deeper. And perhaps more than he did against

:04:43.:04:49.

Murray. If you think that was the best effort of his career, pull that

:04:50.:04:54.

out, no question about it. At times like this, you look at what has

:04:55.:04:57.

happened over the last week here at Wimbledon, and Querrey has beaten

:04:58.:05:06.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kevin Anderson. He has beaten Andy Murray. 76, 6-4,

:05:07.:05:15.

6-1, 6-1. That is an awful lot of high octane tennis, with huge prizes

:05:16.:05:20.

at stake. Exponentially getting bigger and bigger with every round

:05:21.:05:24.

that goes by and with every opponent that comes your way. At some points,

:05:25.:05:28.

surely, somebody will take the air out of the balloon. Exactly right.

:05:29.:05:36.

The emotions and the expectations increase. Pressure. And you

:05:37.:05:41.

sometimes try to find energy where it is not there. And believe me, it

:05:42.:05:48.

is not a good feeling. Advantage Cilic.

:05:49.:06:04.

He benefited by that ball, Querrey guessed right. He is playing with a

:06:05.:06:12.

lot of more energy, hitting a very clean ball at this moment. He has

:06:13.:06:20.

settled in quite nicely. His first-ever opportunity at a final

:06:21.:06:27.

for Cilic here. Don't forget, he has not been here before. He has been in

:06:28.:06:35.

a US Open semifinal and he has won the US Open. He beat Kei Nishikori

:06:36.:06:45.

in that final. That will cheer Querrey up no end. Beautifully clean

:06:46.:06:54.

strike. Sam is also Australian, he was in 2010. First ever quarter at

:06:55.:07:04.

Roland Garros was this year as well, Cilic. Oh. How quickly things can

:07:05.:07:22.

change! Never a break until you have held yourself.

:07:23.:07:31.

A lot of ball down single now. -- bouncing. And from nowhere, Querrey

:07:32.:07:49.

has maybe caught himself back into this match. Two opportunities here

:07:50.:07:50.

to break back. Well, what do you know? What do you

:07:51.:09:07.

know? Well, we saw when he played Murray, he was 6-3, 6-4 down at

:09:08.:09:14.

service break and suddenly, three straight games, two breaks in a row.

:09:15.:09:19.

That was something else. He just pulled a rabbit out of the hat here.

:09:20.:09:33.

He has utilised that serve beautifully to pull Cilic of the

:09:34.:10:31.

court. Still standing pretty far back.

:10:32.:10:45.

You've got to love this game, haven't you? The ebb and flow, it is

:10:46.:10:49.

just crazy. Five minutes ago, Sam Querrey was as

:10:50.:11:06.

good as out of this tournament. And now... I don't know about quite that

:11:07.:11:13.

far, but he certainly was in trouble. As he proved in his match

:11:14.:11:18.

against Anderson when he lost those match points, as he proved big-time

:11:19.:11:23.

against Murray. Even the third set, when he was down, Murray was serving

:11:24.:11:28.

for that set and he extended it into a tie-breaker. The amount of effort

:11:29.:11:33.

he gave to in the second, hanging in in the third and benefiting in the

:11:34.:11:36.

fourth and fifth because of Murray's injury. And now seeds of doubt back

:11:37.:11:45.

in Cilic's mind. That's why it makes it so interesting to watch two guys

:11:46.:11:50.

out there. Sometimes, you are battling yourself. You always your

:11:51.:11:57.

opponent. And you have to be able to shrug off a lot of bad things. That

:11:58.:12:05.

can happen very quickly. At 15-15, 2-1, Cilic, he had a backhand, it

:12:06.:12:11.

was an open court. He had not missed that for a while, he mis-hits it and

:12:12.:12:14.

next thing you know, he has lost his serve. What makes Roger Federer is

:12:15.:12:27.

so amazing, he always looks so relaxed, and you can see how

:12:28.:12:31.

stressful it can be. The stress is all over Cilic's face at the moment.

:12:32.:12:35.

He was slumped more than sitting upright at the change of ends.

:12:36.:12:41.

Thinking, I was in charge of this game a couple of moments ago. And

:12:42.:12:43.

now I'm behind. How did that happen? UMPIRE: correction. We the points.

:12:44.:13:45.

Overruled by Sam Keothavong. -- James.

:13:46.:14:41.

I always thought after I dumped a serve like Cilic, why did I not do

:14:42.:15:19.

that the last time? What happened?! Moving on through that as he held

:15:20.:15:26.

easily. Querrey has played a lot more tennis, he's got to be feeling

:15:27.:15:30.

it. Keep the intensity and composure, if possible. Work this

:15:31.:15:39.

guy and every possible shot. Sam has got a little life in that arm, that

:15:40.:15:45.

is for sure, the server seems to be the last thing to go. He is a big,

:15:46.:15:48.

powerful man. Difficult being in the crowd for a

:15:49.:16:19.

match like this. Because you have got your eyes fixed on these two

:16:20.:16:24.

gladiators in the ring. But it is hard to keep applauding aces or

:16:25.:16:30.

unreturnable serves. So if it sounds a bit flat at the moment, it is not,

:16:31.:16:35.

everybody here is just engrossed in the battle that is happening in

:16:36.:16:42.

front of them. And that is great tennis. Two big hits from Cilic. A

:16:43.:16:52.

break of serve on each side already in this set. There is more happening

:16:53.:16:58.

out there than it maybe appears. Take that. And swinging Sam is still

:16:59.:17:47.

swinging. And as long as he is, he is in there? You have covered boxing

:17:48.:17:58.

over the years, correct? These guys are the heavyweights out there. And

:17:59.:18:03.

they are just swinging away. A bit more subtlety to beg games as their

:18:04.:18:07.

careers have moved along. But these guys better at the net. Both these

:18:08.:18:12.

guys exhibit touch when they need to. But ultimately, they are powered

:18:13.:18:17.

punches. They will try to knock you out. And why shouldn't you if you

:18:18.:18:26.

are six feet six inches tall? You find angles more easily than us mere

:18:27.:18:32.

mortals. Half an hour after the opening game of the third set, which

:18:33.:18:38.

was really tight the whole way, Querrey won it and even though there

:18:39.:18:41.

were breaks of serve after that, here we find ourselves by virtue of

:18:42.:18:47.

him serving first, the pressure bit by bit wrapping up on Cilic to try

:18:48.:18:54.

and keep things level pegging. And we might be heading towards, as

:18:55.:19:06.

predicted, a second tie-break. The thing about Sam Querrey, he doesn't

:19:07.:19:12.

waste a lot of energy emotionally. His serve is very efficient. He is

:19:13.:19:18.

not standing as far back as Cilic. Subsequently, not having to cover as

:19:19.:19:24.

much ground off a return. That should help a bit.

:19:25.:20:00.

Twice as many aces from the racket of Cilic in this match as we have

:20:01.:20:05.

had from Querrey. Sam has more aces in the tournament,

:20:06.:20:27.

but he has played a lot of more. He will have had to work a lot harder

:20:28.:20:30.

to get here than Cilic. You have got to think that is going

:20:31.:20:48.

to pay off. A commanding hold from Cilic. This is when you look at the

:20:49.:21:02.

scoreboard, 1- all, for- all. In which way is this going to go? --

:21:03.:21:20.

4-4. Big shots from Cilic. Every shot is great, from both guys.

:21:21.:21:22.

Starting with the serve. Well, if you thought Sam Querrey was

:21:23.:22:42.

a one trick pony, think again. The touch with Sam Querrey, throughout

:22:43.:22:47.

this event, he's got -- on a real nice job.

:22:48.:23:00.

Twisted enough -- just enough to make you respect what he is doing.

:23:01.:23:31.

Well, the beauty and the beast from Querrey in that game. And Cilic is

:23:32.:23:57.

going to have to serve to stay in the set. The adrenaline is pumping a

:23:58.:24:09.

lot of hard in Cilic right now than it was a couple of games ago. He

:24:10.:24:22.

senses Sam is not quite at 100% physically. Earlier in the set, he

:24:23.:24:28.

took advantage of it, and gave it back. And Sam Querrey is battling

:24:29.:24:36.

hard, playing well, doing a lot of good things. A lot of good things.

:24:37.:24:43.

Showing that he is deserving to be out there. It wasn't a fluke that he

:24:44.:24:51.

has gotten this far. Second year in a row he is in the quarterfinals and

:24:52.:24:55.

looked to all the world like he was going to lose tomorrow. Turns out to

:24:56.:25:00.

be the biggest win of his life to give him the chance to get to a

:25:01.:25:05.

Wimbledon final. That is what his coach has been telling him the last

:25:06.:25:10.

couple of days. You can not ask for anything more than this chance. I

:25:11.:25:14.

hope he didn't take five seconds to look at the scores being flashed up

:25:15.:25:19.

on the scoreboard during the break, two came up, both featuring Croatian

:25:20.:25:23.

players in the veteran is Doubles and his former coach, Goran

:25:24.:25:27.

Ivanisevic, also in the veterans Doubles. They both lost. I don't

:25:28.:25:32.

think that will have a lot to do with the outcome of this.

:25:33.:26:11.

Sam hitting the ball extremely cleanly. Cilic is definitely...

:26:12.:26:20.

Wavering. Very tight right here. What a rally! What a winner at! It

:26:21.:27:04.

looked like Sam Querrey was going to come in and make him hit a passing

:27:05.:27:09.

shot. He chose not to, he took a little bit of the stress off Cilic.

:27:10.:27:17.

Stepping up when he needed to. Not wanting to be down 0-30.

:27:18.:28:07.

Well, he clobbered that. But he clobbered it wide.

:28:08.:28:41.

Hanging tough. Using his height again. Querrey has done it. Cilic,

:28:42.:28:57.

that shall slice out wide. -- short slice. You just have to guess with

:28:58.:29:02.

the pace and placement of these two guys. 250 aces between them in

:29:03.:29:08.

Wimbledon this year. Looking for how to decipher whether

:29:09.:29:29.

the serve is going to come. Toss being the obvious one. Study

:29:30.:29:37.

tendencies with the coaches, where did these guys like the serve? It is

:29:38.:29:43.

clear they can do anything they want.

:29:44.:29:54.

Well, at the moment, Querrey is hitting the ball like he was at the

:29:55.:30:12.

outset. And after that run of four or five games where he was always

:30:13.:30:22.

under threat on his serve... He is hanging on in a quite

:30:23.:30:26.

straightforward manner. The force Cilic the serve to stay in the set

:30:27.:30:28.

again. We anticipated this would be

:30:29.:30:40.

extremely close and we are getting what we hoped for and expected.

:30:41.:30:48.

These two guys, they have never been in this position before, with a

:30:49.:30:51.

chance to do something maybe Cilic thought could happen, Querrey

:30:52.:30:57.

certainly wondered if it would ever happen, getting to a Grand Slam

:30:58.:31:01.

semi, much less the chance of a final. You want to see both of them

:31:02.:31:07.

play up to their ability and it appears they have. Sam has been

:31:08.:31:13.

sharp, hitting the ball great. Cilic for the most part has also been

:31:14.:31:18.

hitting exceptionally well. Look at that beautiful view. The greatest

:31:19.:31:26.

city in the world, I'm sure you'd agree! I love London but I'm going

:31:27.:31:30.

to have to respectfully disagree! New York would be mine. They both

:31:31.:31:39.

have their attributes! This is an amazing complex. When is that Ruth

:31:40.:31:42.

ready on Court Number One? The year after. -- the year after next.

:31:43.:31:53.

Anticipation rising here in the crowd. They know this set will be

:31:54.:31:57.

over in the next couple of minutes. Really? Ten maximum! He has just

:31:58.:32:07.

predicted a break. I didn't say that!

:32:08.:32:28.

And this really is now about being calm in the eye of the storm. So

:32:29.:32:44.

quiet you can almost hear their hearts beating.

:32:45.:32:51.

I think it is not a partisan crowd so they are just loving the contest,

:32:52.:32:56.

the battle. Made it! Incredible shot! How did he

:32:57.:33:18.

make that? Federer like. Watch what happens here when it lands.

:33:19.:34:55.

Emphatically at 134 mph, his 19th ace of the match. The same position

:34:56.:35:04.

he talked about in the first set, more important for Querrey to pull

:35:05.:35:08.

out this breaker as it was way back when. Implications for him would be

:35:09.:35:20.

greater, tougher to overcome. He has not been there as often in this

:35:21.:35:24.

situation, he has never beaten Cilic. He has played a lot more

:35:25.:35:28.

tennis. He needed a good start there.

:35:29.:36:04.

That was a cannonball crosscourt forehand from Cilic. When he first

:36:05.:36:38.

hit the serve at 130, and that forehand around 100.

:36:39.:36:48.

They are going to give it everything they have right now, as they should.

:36:49.:36:55.

Go down guns blazing. 1-1, 6-6, 2-2. The perfect time for them to switch

:36:56.:38:27.

sides because both of them could use a breather after that. Querrey

:38:28.:38:34.

almost got this smash back, I don't know if that angle shows it. We know

:38:35.:38:47.

how you feel mate. Cilic peppering the back can all the way through

:38:48.:38:54.

that rally. But even a rally like that only gets you one point.

:38:55.:39:19.

APPLAUSE Some very, very clean ball striking,

:39:20.:39:33.

at an absolutely critical time. Both these guys, really. One error, one

:39:34.:39:41.

piece of brilliance, one bit of luck.

:39:42.:40:00.

There is the error. There is the error.

:40:01.:40:15.

He perhaps did not quite commit to that as he has on some other shots.

:40:16.:40:22.

And that really hurts, that one. He is a big baseball fan, Sam

:40:23.:40:41.

Querrey, and like a picture he just hurled a ball to the other end of

:40:42.:40:46.

the court because those two points, both on his serve, give Cilic three

:40:47.:40:55.

points for a two sets to one lead. -- like up pitcher.

:40:56.:41:15.

The roar from the Croat, he is one set away from a first Wimbledon

:41:16.:41:22.

final. It is always interesting why players

:41:23.:41:47.

play tennis in the first place. Cilic was actually born not in

:41:48.:41:52.

Croatia but Bosnia-Herzegovina and the whole town there did not have a

:41:53.:41:57.

single tennis court when he was growing up. When he was four years

:41:58.:42:02.

old, they suddenly put one in, and he was one of the very first people

:42:03.:42:07.

to ever play tennis on it, and here we are, 24 years later, with him six

:42:08.:42:16.

games away, maybe seven, from a Wimbledon final on Sunday afternoon.

:42:17.:42:22.

It is a point we have made several times as we look at these statistics

:42:23.:42:31.

from the third set. The early exit of Wawrinka and the defeat of Nadal

:42:32.:42:37.

and then Andy Murray going out to Sam Querrey, is that Cilic has had

:42:38.:42:42.

to Kohlschreiber, Florian Mayer, Steve Johnson, Roberto Bautista

:42:43.:42:45.

Agut, Gilles Muller. He has not had to play anybody ranked higher than

:42:46.:42:53.

the 16th seed which Muller was, in the last round, and he could not

:42:54.:42:58.

have imagined he could find himself with the opportunity of playing Sam

:42:59.:43:02.

Querrey in a Wimbledon semifinal for the chance to be out here on Centre

:43:03.:43:06.

Court in 48 hours' time. You can only beat the guys... That are put

:43:07.:43:16.

in front of you. Exactly right and that is what he has done and he has

:43:17.:43:20.

battled hard. There have been moments when this could have slipped

:43:21.:43:25.

away. Not only does he get that energy from winning the tie-break

:43:26.:43:30.

but he gets to go out and serve first so he will presumably take a

:43:31.:43:35.

lead right away. What have you got left, Sam, whatever you got left in

:43:36.:43:46.

the tank? -- what have you got left. Physically, emotionally, the effort

:43:47.:43:47.

he has given to get to this point... At least when he played Murray he

:43:48.:44:07.

could see he had really slowed down and was struggling to move but it is

:44:08.:44:15.

not the case with Cilic. The movement has been excellent, his

:44:16.:44:21.

intensity has been sky-high. And he can taste it. Mr Cilic is

:44:22.:44:25.

challenging the call on the left sideline, the ball was called out.

:44:26.:44:33.

It was a close call, 30-0 up on his serve. And he got the call. And

:44:34.:44:40.

Querrey shakes his head. And shrugs his shoulders.

:44:41.:44:58.

You can see Cilic keeping that intensity high. You better believe

:44:59.:45:05.

he is going to try to take it to Querrey right here and try to finish

:45:06.:45:09.

this big man from Southern California off. He thought he had to

:45:10.:45:15.

show a lot of hard to beat Murray and Anderson but he will have to

:45:16.:45:20.

find another gear to get to a Grand Slam final. Huge service game for

:45:21.:45:30.

Querrey here. And he knows it. Let's start like that. He is a little bit

:45:31.:45:34.

angry about how hasn't he was on those last couple of points on his

:45:35.:45:40.

serve in the tie-break, one backhand and one forehand but no mistake

:45:41.:45:44.

there, getting out a bit of frustration right now.

:45:45.:45:51.

Cilic's body language now is all positivity, he is prowling along the

:45:52.:46:03.

baseline like a big cat. Like a panther. Sam's heart skipped

:46:04.:46:31.

a beat then. It did! He had an open court and chose to let it go, not

:46:32.:46:33.

out by much. He took a deep breath before he hit

:46:34.:47:08.

that one. As well he should have. Get into this set. That is a good

:47:09.:47:18.

effort. At 30-30 then he could have been a

:47:19.:47:47.

bit jittery. But one finessed ace and one piledriver and we are all

:47:48.:47:50.

square. I think it is a good move by Sam to

:47:51.:49:23.

try to take it to Cilic when he gets a second serve opportunity. He just

:49:24.:49:27.

missed that, bad luck. He thought he had got that.

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That looked to be a little long, not called or challenged so he must've

:49:42.:50:06.

it hit some line. -- must have seen it. Querrey was 30-30 on his own

:50:07.:50:12.

serve in the last game and produced a couple of paces. Cilic looking to

:50:13.:50:23.

do the same. -- a couple of aces. Mr Cilic is challenging the call on the

:50:24.:50:27.

right fight sideline, the ball was called out. It was close, I thought

:50:28.:50:32.

Id missed by little bit but very close.

:50:33.:50:53.

How much of a boost would this be it Querrey could get this next point?

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Just when you thought he was taking an eight count on the canvas.

:51:07.:51:23.

And Cilic misses his first serve again.

:51:24.:51:44.

Just when you thought it was safe to go and put the kettle on! You have

:51:45.:51:53.

got to give a lot of credit to Querrey for pulling that break off

:51:54.:51:59.

early in the fourth. He just twisted things up once again! He was helped

:52:00.:52:03.

by Cilic missing so many first serves but you still have to make

:52:04.:52:08.

the most of it. No question, but nonetheless he does not waste a lot

:52:09.:52:16.

of emotional energy, clearly, and Cilic sensed that this thing could

:52:17.:52:20.

be over but you have still got to execute. And Querrey had some depth,

:52:21.:52:26.

he threw in a couple of different looks even though he missed that

:52:27.:52:32.

return at 15-15. It put a question in the mind of Cilic if he would do

:52:33.:52:36.

that again and he got hesitant and he just did not play a good game.

:52:37.:52:46.

Wow. I know! Where is this going now? Where is this match going? And

:52:47.:52:52.

of course if it did end up being in the fifth set... Another one of

:52:53.:52:58.

those marathons. We have been there before. It you have not been with us

:52:59.:53:02.

from the word go, the last time these guys met here at Wimbledon it

:53:03.:53:08.

was 17-15 in the fifth set in the second longest match ever played

:53:09.:53:13.

here. The first time they met was only 6-4 in the fifth, here at

:53:14.:53:16.

Wimbledon eight years ago. That is a very positive start from

:53:17.:53:25.

Cilic, though. Querrey will really want to

:53:26.:53:34.

consolidate that break right here. The quality of this tennis, after

:53:35.:54:05.

two and a half hours. Absolutely. Say thank you to these guys, they

:54:06.:54:10.

have been giving everything they have got and there has been some

:54:11.:54:12.

quality stuff. That is what you want to do if you

:54:13.:54:36.

see someone who is six feet six coming into the net. Get it low.

:54:37.:54:51.

Oh! I think that was long. Mr Cilic is challenging the call. It was not

:54:52.:55:02.

called and Cilic immediately challenged. It felt like he missed

:55:03.:55:06.

it. A lot closer than he wanted it to be. That was an unbelievable

:55:07.:55:10.

miss. That is a monstrous forehand from

:55:11.:55:29.

Querrey. That was a monstrous forehand from

:55:30.:56:08.

Cilic. It sure was. Unfortunately, it went too big, too close to the

:56:09.:56:13.

line when he did not really need to. APPLAUSE

:56:14.:56:40.

Well, I am sure those two ladies were saying, they didn't hit the

:56:41.:56:47.

ball like this in our day! That is a tremendous effort by

:56:48.:56:59.

Querrey, to get these last couple of games.

:57:00.:57:08.

is shameful Cilic. Mr Querrey is challenging the ball, the ball was

:57:09.:57:23.

called in. Are you strictly neutral in this matter? I would like to see

:57:24.:57:29.

an American guy, it has been a while for us to make a run and it would be

:57:30.:57:34.

a nice boost for the sport back in America. I respect Marin, I like

:57:35.:57:39.

him, I am happy they are both playing well. So that was no? You

:57:40.:57:51.

how ratings are! Is it better do have Murray in the finals here or

:57:52.:57:57.

Sam Querrey? A lot of people in the crowd hit would have been

:57:58.:57:59.

disappointed when they came today that there is no Andy or Rafa but

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what they have been given it an athlete treat with these guys

:58:03.:58:06.

playing to the best of their ability.

:58:07.:58:23.

And you still wouldn't put hardly any money, a couple of times, on the

:58:24.:58:29.

outcome. -- dimes. But of course Querrey knows that

:58:30.:59:10.

all, all being the operative word, he has to do is hold three service

:59:11.:59:13.

games and we will be going into a fifth set. That was a SWAT but a

:59:14.:59:30.

majestic swat. He has become quite the competitor over the years, he

:59:31.:59:34.

has learned to intensify his efforts. He had added subtlety to

:59:35.:59:39.

his game at times, ultimately it is about the power and he has always

:59:40.:59:46.

been a great ball striker. The crowd still eagerly awaiting the next

:59:47.:59:52.

match that will be played here. I expect while enjoying this. A lot of

:59:53.:59:56.

them will have taken up their position to watch Federer but

:59:57.:00:01.

actually now find themselves probably just cheering for one or

:00:02.:00:05.

the other for no obvious reason, they will just have latched on to

:00:06.:00:15.

Sam or Marin. And if you can't be here, it's great to be out there.

:00:16.:00:26.

Cilic is always first out after the change of ends, eager to get on with

:00:27.:00:31.

it. Querrey more measured. That delivery has certainly served

:00:32.:00:43.

him well over the course of this match. Cilic giving himself some

:00:44.:00:53.

more time by standing further back. But he has to cover more ground.

:00:54.:01:03.

Sam has done a good job using the geometry of the tennis court to his

:01:04.:01:14.

advantage to keep this so close. Another ball. That is a tall order.

:01:15.:01:23.

A smacked forehand from the baseline. Crosscourt.

:01:24.:01:48.

He made it last time. Cilic turf trying to make him work. Break him

:01:49.:02:00.

down physically if possible. Not giving up on a 40-0 point. -- just

:02:01.:02:11.

trying to make him work. Hoping if it goes to a fifth set it will

:02:12.:02:22.

finally catch up with Querrey. Only the second double fault of the match

:02:23.:02:25.

from Querrey. The stern looking face of Cilic at

:02:26.:03:03.

the moment. A small percentage in his mind must be thinking, I should

:03:04.:03:12.

almost be out of here by now. Why did I give up that early break here?

:03:13.:03:21.

Why did I hit that forehand quite as hard as voted the second break? It

:03:22.:03:28.

was right there for me. He has got to move past them. He was 4-1 up in

:03:29.:03:32.

that first set tie-break. APPLAUSE

:03:33.:04:35.

Comprehensive enough. But Querrey still in control.

:04:36.:04:41.

Service break. Leading 4-3. We will be back in centre in a moment. What

:04:42.:04:47.

we can show you what happened early in the semifinal of the ladies

:04:48.:04:53.

doubles. The number two seeds came through in straight sets. That is

:04:54.:05:00.

how they finished things off, 7-5, 6-2. They go to the ladies final on

:05:01.:05:10.

Sunday. They will play the winner of the match currently on Court number

:05:11.:05:11.

one over on BBC Two. That is over on BBC Two. Another

:05:12.:05:33.

very competitive semifinal. But we are heading back to Centre court.

:05:34.:05:46.

The onus is on Cilic to break Querrey in the next couple of

:05:47.:05:54.

service games the American has come otherwise we are heading to another

:05:55.:05:58.

set. The latest of the five set encounters between these two guys.

:05:59.:06:08.

Querrey would be fourth consecutive to get his first-ever grand slam

:06:09.:06:23.

final. And somebody somewhere, I know, is going through the record

:06:24.:06:33.

books at the moment. Aren't you, somebody? To see when the last time

:06:34.:06:38.

anybody won four consecutive matches to get a grand slam final.

:06:39.:07:08.

It was in the hitting zone. But you still have it to hit it. It is nice

:07:09.:07:19.

when you don't have to move. That ball hit the line. Froze

:07:20.:07:37.

Querrey. He was expecting the crosscourt ball. Now Querrey has a

:07:38.:07:46.

game on his hands. Chalk flew up. There you go. I've heard that

:07:47.:07:52.

somewhere. Brilliant, brilliant from Cilic.

:07:53.:08:00.

APPLAUSE Extremely awkward shot for Cilic.

:08:01.:08:11.

Right here. What do I do? Beautiful. Get the break point. Second serve.

:08:12.:08:28.

You know when Cilic has won a game. He lets the world know. Usually on

:08:29.:08:43.

to that type of thing. Rally behind. The more energising of the two.

:08:44.:08:49.

Querrey cannot believe that drop shot went in. And he has lost this

:08:50.:09:01.

game from 30-0. Not as close as he was to taking the fifth set. Not

:09:02.:09:08.

with those new balls. And now the force is with Cilic.

:09:09.:09:27.

Brilliant. And double brilliant. Do not count Querrey out yet. We have

:09:28.:09:41.

talked about these two playing up to their abilities. They sure have.

:09:42.:09:46.

That was some touch. It was an extremely tough shot to pull off.

:09:47.:09:51.

Who needs Rafael Nadal against Andy Murray? Oh! Goodness me. Querrey's

:09:52.:10:07.

anxiety, thanks to, frustration. As a courtesy to both players please

:10:08.:10:12.

switch off all mobile phones. That was a very truthful look from the

:10:13.:10:18.

American. If that had just crept over.

:10:19.:11:08.

The decibel count goes up on the Cilic side.

:11:09.:12:37.

Cilic looks to the box. And the box looked to Cilic. They just nod. A

:12:38.:12:51.

lot of positive encouragement, obviously, from the box. Cilic, you

:12:52.:13:02.

can emotionally hear his intensity. Only won one round in Australia.

:13:03.:13:07.

Gloucester 's next tournament to Justin Brown. It took him until he

:13:08.:13:14.

was in Istanbul in May when he was above 500 for the year. -- he lost

:13:15.:13:22.

his next tournament to Justin Brown. Look at him now. He won Istanbul.

:13:23.:13:31.

His least favourite surface, clay court. Did not do much in Madrid, or

:13:32.:13:38.

room. In the French he had his best. Final in Queens. Yes, he had match

:13:39.:13:43.

point. But this is everything you dream about. Especially with the

:13:44.:13:49.

rough start he had to endure. It all seems to have come together for him

:13:50.:13:55.

at the perfect time. His health, his belief, his draw... Came from the

:13:56.:14:10.

final. Sam Querrey with something to say about it, I suspect.

:14:11.:14:39.

Suddenly that sense of inevitability about a fifth set between these

:14:40.:14:49.

two... Is drifting towards the horizon.

:14:50.:15:04.

Some really clean ball striking by both guys. Querrey hanging tough as

:15:05.:15:09.

he has in the entire event. Querrey unsaved by the -- Querrey

:15:10.:16:03.

unfazed by the prospect of serving for the match. And still we go on.

:16:04.:16:12.

For all of the shrieks of encouragement and roars of

:16:13.:16:26.

encouragement, he just cannot shake off the pesky American.

:16:27.:17:37.

Measured and controlled. From Cilic. And he is one game away from the

:17:38.:18:18.

final. We could be two games away from a fifth set. You have paid your

:18:19.:18:27.

money. The pressure on Querrey again, though. There is no question

:18:28.:18:35.

about that. Having to work hard. This is why you saw there, Wendy

:18:36.:18:40.

said, you know, I am going to save myself for this next game. -- when

:18:41.:18:45.

you said. I need all of the energy can get to save for the next

:18:46.:18:52.

tie-break. Two players in the locker room getting edgier. Not knowing if

:18:53.:18:55.

they will be needed, expected out here. In the next ten, 15, 20

:18:56.:19:03.

minutes. Or if they have just sit back and wait another hour or so.

:19:04.:19:08.

Always a tricky one to follow. I imagine Roger is quite cool, whereas

:19:09.:19:11.

Tomas Berdych will be getting twitchy. I have seen him in many a

:19:12.:19:17.

locker room. The matter what happens it does not seem to affect him. I

:19:18.:19:22.

saw Cilic get blown out by Novak Djokovic the in semifinals at the

:19:23.:19:26.

Open. All ending in one hour and a half. He said, the crowd can see me

:19:27.:19:37.

soon. Let's see if Sam can hang tough and take this to a tie-break.

:19:38.:19:55.

Not the way you want to start off. Third double fault of the match.

:19:56.:20:33.

The line judge called it out, so did Cilic.

:20:34.:20:44.

Margins. Tiny margins. Cilic can smell the final.

:20:45.:21:08.

Querrey cast his eyes to the heavens.

:21:09.:21:16.

CHEERING Because after almost three hours,

:21:17.:21:21.

two match points. For Cilic. He got tight on that one. That is

:21:22.:21:52.

for sure. Popped a second chance. -- but a second chance. Got it.

:21:53.:21:59.

Piledriving winner, down the line, from Cilic. No man in the open era

:22:00.:22:05.

has ever needed so many attempts to reach his first Wimbledon final. But

:22:06.:22:11.

at the 11th time of asking, on Sunday afternoon, for Cilic,

:22:12.:22:15.

opportunity knocks. And perhaps in the end Querrey just

:22:16.:22:33.

ran out of gas. I think a little bit. He had a great, great

:22:34.:22:37.

tournament. He consistently dug deeper than I have ever seen him. He

:22:38.:22:42.

had tremendous resolve. He fought hard here. He played well. Just

:22:43.:22:47.

about as well as he could. I would have to think the legs went out on

:22:48.:22:52.

him just a little bit. Cilic keeping the pressure on. Cilic has had

:22:53.:22:56.

better results. He is a slightly better player and he proved that in

:22:57.:23:01.

the end. And we mentioned it about three hours ago that no number seven

:23:02.:23:06.

seed in the open era has ever got to the final of Wimbledon. So he has

:23:07.:23:12.

broken that hoodoo. Thank goodness. I know that was uppermost in all of

:23:13.:23:16.

your minds. Talking about going is that this

:23:17.:23:30.

-- talking about Goran Ivanisevic, he will need to keep going. You have

:23:31.:23:44.

to kill Roger 75 times in a match to beat him. Well, that is what Cilic

:23:45.:23:51.

will have to do if he is to face Roger Federer. For the moment it is

:23:52.:23:57.

about celebrating today. He won't think about that quite yet. Let him

:23:58.:24:06.

enjoy the moment. The game time will come to pass. Over the course of the

:24:07.:24:09.

evening. He will wake up tomorrow, do the same routine. It has been an

:24:10.:24:14.

amazing run. He is back in a grand slam final. We were able to witness

:24:15.:24:25.

and world-class tennis at the US Open. Cilic has a great smile. He is

:24:26.:24:31.

really charming, as well. And as the crowd disperses, we will be back in

:24:32.:24:38.

about ten, 15 minutes time as Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer take to

:24:39.:24:43.

Centre Court. They will know that after that four sets victory over

:24:44.:24:48.

Querrey, their opponent on Sunday afternoon here will be Cilic.

:24:49.:24:53.

After 11 attempts you are now a Wimbledon finalist. How does that

:24:54.:25:00.

sound? Unbelievable. Especially the way this tournament unfolded from

:25:01.:25:04.

the first one where I was playing great tennis. Today was a

:25:05.:25:08.

hard-fought battle. Sam played really high-level tennis, especially

:25:09.:25:12.

that first set. He was serving big. Hitting big from the back of the

:25:13.:25:18.

court. I had my chances. I was 4-1 up in the tie-break. I did not

:25:19.:25:23.

convert that. I felt I moved better on the return games. I was making

:25:24.:25:29.

him play more on his service games. Overall I felt the level was really

:25:30.:25:34.

high. You and Sam have fought some tremendous battles at Wimbledon over

:25:35.:25:37.

the years. Some pretty long ones, as well. Apart from how well you

:25:38.:25:43.

played, do you have a psychological advantage over him today to help you

:25:44.:25:50.

get the edge? -- did you have. I would not say so. Sam Cane out

:25:51.:25:54.

serving huge, hitting big. -- came out. He was playing really well stop

:25:55.:26:01.

that pushed me to play big tennis towards the end of the match. I was

:26:02.:26:06.

glad unlocking a little bit to get the break back in the fourth set. To

:26:07.:26:10.

get that advantage. To get back into the match. Your coach has said that

:26:11.:26:16.

you are a nice guy off court, you need to be meaner on court. Do you

:26:17.:26:20.

feel you are doing that, is it helping you? I feel I am positive on

:26:21.:26:26.

the court. That is important, I think. The way I am playing.

:26:27.:26:31.

Emotions are helping me a little bit. And with my team supporting me

:26:32.:26:34.

all the time, obviously, we've worked a lot on that. It is paying

:26:35.:26:40.

off big-time. Roger Federer spoke before the tournament about the fact

:26:41.:26:44.

you can go deep at Wimbledon this year. You could potentially face the

:26:45.:26:48.

final. Does it really matter who you meet on Sunday? It is definitely

:26:49.:26:55.

going to be a huge match between Roger and Tomas Berdych. Tomas

:26:56.:27:03.

Berdych is playing well. Roger is obviously playing his best tennis of

:27:04.:27:07.

his career on this court. It definitely feels like home. Whether

:27:08.:27:11.

it is going to be I will be ready, try to play my tennis, and focus on

:27:12.:27:16.

my own game. Many congratulations on making it through to the final.

:27:17.:27:22.

Thank you. A big smile from Cilic. They have had their long battles at

:27:23.:27:27.

Wimbledon. This was a mere two hours and 56 minutes. He mentioned his

:27:28.:27:32.

coach. Not only delighted with that celebration, but also delighted with

:27:33.:27:40.

the way that he raised the level of his players just in that final game

:27:41.:27:42.

to seal victory on his second match point. They rise to him. His team

:27:43.:27:47.

are delighted. Cilic is through to his first ever Wimbledon final. That

:27:48.:27:57.

is a celebration almost worthy of yours. That was back in the day when

:27:58.:28:03.

you did not have colour television. It was good to see him celebrating

:28:04.:28:12.

so much. Only he knows how much he has. Nowadays it is impossible

:28:13.:28:15.

without a great courage behind you. It is wonderful to see him

:28:16.:28:19.

acknowledge him. He raised the level of his play. He didn't want to to

:28:20.:28:23.

another tie-break let alone a fifth set. We said before that match

:28:24.:28:27.

started that the first set would be mighty important. They both played

:28:28.:28:31.

at a high level. Cilic had a chance in the first set when he was 4-1 up.

:28:32.:28:36.

We thought well if this is going to be Querrey's opportunity it is now

:28:37.:28:40.

to get his nose in front. But it showed the quality of Tennessee has

:28:41.:28:44.

been playing. He did not panic. He had his chances. -- the quality of

:28:45.:28:49.

tennis he has been playing. The tie-break was always going to be

:28:50.:28:52.

vital and he was able to come through. Talking about that third

:28:53.:28:56.

set tie-break, Cilic played well. We have picked up some points.

:28:57.:28:58.

set tie-break, Cilic played well. We have picked up some points. This was

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strong play from Cilic early on in this tie-break. Very much so. He

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kept putting Sam Corner to corner, making the big man from American

:29:10.:29:14.

move. That will always be an advantage when you are moving

:29:15.:29:19.

smoother on the court, and Cilic is tall himself. There were some

:29:20.:29:22.

wonderful rallies, even though there was some good serving, as well. To

:29:23.:29:28.

do that you have to get in position. Hitting corner to corner. The

:29:29.:29:32.

movement was pretty impressive, as well. We were wandering Cilic's

:29:33.:29:37.

tennis racket was over the net when he hit that. He got away with it.

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This is when Sam was serving. He loses brave service points from 4-3.

:29:42.:29:46.

That shot did not have much conviction. It was almost like he

:29:47.:29:51.

was wanting to hit the back and down the line then follow up in the net.

:29:52.:29:55.

You cannot come back from that, can you? It just started to look like it

:29:56.:30:05.

was fading. His legs were heavier. Some are recovering. Credit to him,

:30:06.:30:10.

he came back. We saw a new side of Querrey. Sam is a fighter. Not the

:30:11.:30:15.

sunny California guy. He showed something and he should be proud of

:30:16.:30:19.

it, he beat Andy Murray in the quarterfinal, he just played a

:30:20.:30:22.

semifinal. That is the way he should continue. Get ready for his home

:30:23.:30:27.

grand slam. Cilic is looking dangerous, isn't he? We have known

:30:28.:30:31.

that for a few years since the US Open. It is the unpredictability for

:30:32.:30:37.

me. He can be erratic. When he is on, that is when he is dangerous,

:30:38.:30:40.

because he has big weapons and he can impose his style of play. A

:30:41.:30:44.

question over whether he can keep that consistency going against the

:30:45.:30:47.

winner of the next match. Absolutely. We talked about the big

:30:48.:30:52.

surf the big forehand, as well. We were talking about some of his

:30:53.:30:56.

rallies. -- the biggest serve. He has a big wing span.

:30:57.:31:02.

He does not mind rallying from the baseline, even slicing the backhand

:31:03.:31:09.

and come in behind it and that makes him versatile and dangerous. To win

:31:10.:31:13.

the US Open you have to have a lot more than just a big serve. We have

:31:14.:31:16.

been waiting for this breakthrough in awake for Marin. -- in our way.

:31:17.:31:24.

He has a great grass court record and we always felt he had a bit more

:31:25.:31:29.

game. Absolutely. This was Cilic, just wonderful hitting, from both

:31:30.:31:34.

sides, we have to pay credit to Sam Querrey as well

:31:35.:31:37.

it is a big part of the men's game. You talk about the domination of the

:31:38.:31:43.

serve but they do a good job of getting back into the rally and

:31:44.:31:47.

trying to neutralise things and then it becomes a baseline exchange. As

:31:48.:31:53.

with a lot of guys, it is going to be about Berdych Federer, if they

:31:54.:31:56.

can get on the offence and that is what Cilic did better in the

:31:57.:32:00.

baseline exchanges, he was the one who was able to hit the corners and

:32:01.:32:03.

create an opportunity to move forward. That extra aggression in a

:32:04.:32:09.

big match is what can pay off and it did for Cilic. It is beginning to

:32:10.:32:13.

fill up in Centre Court, it is buzzing outside on semifinal stage

:32:14.:32:21.

-- on men's semifinals day. There was only one man left standing of

:32:22.:32:25.

the big four in men's tennis and it is the man with the most impressive

:32:26.:32:26.

numbers. that is the scene out on the hill.

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He is a record-breaking machine, isn't he? He certainly is, you go

:33:22.:33:25.

through the numbers and it is amazing what he has achieved. We

:33:26.:33:29.

reflected this time last year with his knee injury and taking six

:33:30.:33:32.

months off and how long it would take him to recover from, and then

:33:33.:33:38.

winning in Australia. But behind the scenes he is so relaxed. I was in

:33:39.:33:41.

the locker room with him an hour and a half ago and he was there playing

:33:42.:33:46.

basketball, practising his putting, watching stupid things on you Tube!

:33:47.:33:52.

I want do you not think you should focus a bit! That is the way he has

:33:53.:33:56.

always been. He will have his game face by now, but he is has a very

:33:57.:34:02.

stress free existence. When you play that way and you're hitting the ball

:34:03.:34:06.

as sweetly as he does you don't have any worries. He should not be

:34:07.:34:09.

worried but everybody has their own routine, some players set themselves

:34:10.:34:14.

awake. Novak and Andy keep to themselves, Roger is the opposite.

:34:15.:34:20.

The jokes around and so forth, also fought his way of overcoming the

:34:21.:34:24.

nerves. You must be nervous as well, he is human, it means a lot to him

:34:25.:34:27.

otherwise he would not be playing that is how stays relaxed and he is

:34:28.:34:32.

doing a good job. And when you said he took time off, we wondered if

:34:33.:34:35.

that was the last we would see of him. He was having holidays but

:34:36.:34:40.

doing some serious training. Absolutely. And every aspect of his

:34:41.:34:46.

game and his life he get spot on and the scheduling is important. After

:34:47.:34:50.

Wimbledon, speaking to his knee specialist, they said you are

:34:51.:34:53.

looking at three months to get away from things and get it absolutely

:34:54.:34:58.

sorted so you have the chance of continuing your career. Here they

:34:59.:34:58.

come. So he is back on the court he loves,

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Roger Federer, up against Tomas Berdych. Not an easy matter, Berdych

:35:28.:35:32.

is one of the hardest hitters on tour. Very much so, as much as we'd

:35:33.:35:37.

respect Roger's accolades over the years, he has a match on his hands.

:35:38.:35:42.

Tomas Berdych beat him before, he is an accomplished grass court player

:35:43.:35:45.

and a Wimbledon finalist himself and the type of player that Bob is Roger

:35:46.:35:50.

because he takes time awake. If you give Roger time he will toy with

:35:51.:35:54.

you. If you take it away, even he struggled at times and that is what

:35:55.:36:02.

Berdych as to do, be the first man to take the initiative away and

:36:03.:36:04.

start dictating rallies and it is easier but it is the only way you

:36:05.:36:07.

have a chance. So how do you take the initiative away? It is something

:36:08.:36:10.

I expected to see a lot more from rabbits when he played in the

:36:11.:36:14.

previous round against Federer -- from Milos Raonic. Obviously the

:36:15.:36:18.

serve is your first opportunity, you have to be aggressive and hopefully

:36:19.:36:22.

have a high percentage drop but from the back of the court you got to

:36:23.:36:26.

take the ball early and Berdych hit the ball flat and that means it will

:36:27.:36:30.

go through the court quicker. He can try to push Federer back but if he

:36:31.:36:34.

is playing slower balls with slides, that is when Federer can attack from

:36:35.:36:39.

both wings. For Berdych, he has do have the mindset that I have nothing

:36:40.:36:42.

to lose, I'm playing the greatest player in the history of this

:36:43.:36:46.

tournament and maybe in the whole game. I have had a great tournament.

:36:47.:36:51.

If I'm going out, I have to live and die by the sword. I hope he can be

:36:52.:36:56.

aggressive and try to make life difficult for Federer. Federer has

:36:57.:36:59.

not dropped a set not just in this tournament but in Halle as well so

:37:00.:37:06.

easier said than done. I was going to say he is on the run of his life

:37:07.:37:10.

but his life is always like this so it is nothing unusual! And another

:37:11.:37:14.

point in his favour, it is his court and his crowd and players get

:37:15.:37:19.

intimidated. They walk slower and played slow and by the time they are

:37:20.:37:22.

playing normal they are down by two sets to one like Milos Raonic was.

:37:23.:37:27.

Berdych has been here before and needs to put away the fact that he's

:37:28.:37:31.

playing Roger Federer. He only has to seed there is a player on the

:37:32.:37:35.

other side and pretend it is not Wimbledon! -- he has to see the

:37:36.:37:43.

player. He does have that champion's aura, Federer. He does. When you

:37:44.:37:48.

play Federer, every game is a home game for him because he is so

:37:49.:37:52.

popular. It was almost reflected in the previous match, it was kind of

:37:53.:37:56.

like, this is an important semifinal but we are waiting to watch Federer!

:37:57.:38:01.

Now he is out there, the scent of expectation, you can see the crowd

:38:02.:38:04.

coming back in and getting ready for this one -- sense of expectation.

:38:05.:38:08.

And the serve of Federer, we have been looking at the

:38:09.:38:23.

stats from his match against Milos Raonic and in the very first set,

:38:24.:38:25.

you look at him hitting the corners, one side and the other. I guess that

:38:26.:38:29.

is what he does, he has great placement. It is his foundation. He

:38:30.:38:31.

does not waste any energy and time and he frustrates the other player

:38:32.:38:33.

because you can't touch the return. By the time you look at it you are

:38:34.:38:37.

down a set and a break. He has a very smooth motion. He really lift

:38:38.:38:44.

his legs up when he is serving and actually serves from about six feet

:38:45.:38:49.

five, a bit like the size of his opponent, and that is where he gets

:38:50.:38:55.

it right. That is just two feet from the line, 0% in the deuce court. For

:38:56.:39:01.

the top guys the green area should be closer to a foot or 18 inches but

:39:02.:39:06.

when you see him hitting it like that, in the first two sets against

:39:07.:39:10.

Raonic he only lost three points behind his first serve and it is

:39:11.:39:13.

difficult to play against obviously do when your opponent is holding

:39:14.:39:17.

serve so easily but it puts enormous pressure on your own server because

:39:18.:39:19.

you are thinking that if you drop serve want in a set that is probably

:39:20.:39:24.

going to beat the set over. It is to raise it and put pressure on the

:39:25.:39:28.

opponent's sir, returning well and also holding his own. We cannot find

:39:29.:39:33.

fault with his game but the forehand has been winning a lot of points.

:39:34.:39:38.

From every part of the court. I think his whole ground stroke game

:39:39.:39:41.

has improved so much in the last year. He tries to take the ball much

:39:42.:39:46.

earlier and stay on the line and if he is behind he goes right back onto

:39:47.:39:50.

it, always staying on the pedal. We does not let the other guy breeze,

:39:51.:39:57.

he mixing run and for and anybody to have a chance, you have to make the

:39:58.:40:03.

35-year-old run! He was 3-0 down in this tie-break and then the forehand

:40:04.:40:08.

took over and it was like a forehand rampage. This was the one, a great

:40:09.:40:13.

approach from Raonic and then... He was covering up the line and he was

:40:14.:40:16.

in the right place and he still got beaten. You can see the arc he has

:40:17.:40:24.

got on the ball, to swerve it back into the court, having been down 3-0

:40:25.:40:28.

and a double break, that was the shot that won him the tie-break. We

:40:29.:40:34.

think of Raonic as being a big hitter but is Tomas even bigger? I

:40:35.:40:39.

think Raonic on a good day, yes, but he was intimidated and did not play

:40:40.:40:44.

like last year. Berdych is as big a hit, maybe even with a bigger

:40:45.:40:49.

backhand. Berdych does not have to run around his, he can stay in the

:40:50.:40:51.

middle of the court and ticket early on both wings. -- take it early.

:40:52.:40:58.

Berdych has the big serve, and I think he believes again now. For his

:40:59.:41:05.

sake certainly he has had a great tournament and he does not want to

:41:06.:41:10.

rest on his laurels now. He is another hugely imposing opponent,

:41:11.:41:15.

6'5", very strong and muscular. He has weapons on both sides from the

:41:16.:41:20.

back of the court because he drives his backhand well and can hit it

:41:21.:41:26.

flat through the court. The areas he asked to look at are the first

:41:27.:41:30.

serve, keeping the percentage high, if he gets any looks at second

:41:31.:41:34.

certainly has to be aggressive and take it early and push Federer back

:41:35.:41:37.

and the more time he gives in, the more running he will have to do.

:41:38.:41:41.

That is Berdych. Phil Jones can tell us more about this big hitting

:41:42.:41:43.

player from the Czech Republic. There is going under the radar in a

:41:44.:41:52.

tournament and then there is stealth, Tomas Berdych style. He

:41:53.:41:57.

stand in the semifinals strangely unnoticed until now. Even when his

:41:58.:42:01.

chance came to show his Wimbledon worse, a quarter final against

:42:02.:42:06.

three-time champion, Novak Djokovic, it proved a huge anti-climax. It is

:42:07.:42:12.

it? I think he has devoted. That is hugely disappointing for everybody

:42:13.:42:16.

but they will understand, the 12 time Grand Slam champion does not do

:42:17.:42:21.

that lightly. Pretty much from the beginning I felt there was something

:42:22.:42:26.

is not usual with him. And the speed of the ball from him was not coming

:42:27.:42:30.

the way you are used to but still, it is no back, and when he decides

:42:31.:42:35.

to go on court, he will commit to fight. It is not the best way to go

:42:36.:42:38.

through but it is sport and I everything. Denied the euphoria that

:42:39.:42:45.

normally goes with a quarterfinal victory, Berdych is at least

:42:46.:42:49.

physically fresh and Roger Federer will ignore the 11th seeded player

:42:50.:42:53.

at his peril. Berdych beat him en route to the final in 2010. Federer

:42:54.:43:01.

is beaten. It is the winner of this young man's Korea, the making of

:43:02.:43:07.

Tomas Berdych. But defeat for Federer is the exception rather than

:43:08.:43:11.

the rule against Berdych. He has won 18 of their 24 career classes

:43:12.:43:14.

including twice this year. I played him in the Austrian Open, I got

:43:15.:43:20.

killed, and in Miami, I had a Matt Boyd and I lost. Now let's make the

:43:21.:43:25.

third one -- a match point. I hope it will be a good one and probably

:43:26.:43:29.

the best player right now. And with the form and the way of playing. I

:43:30.:43:36.

think that is the biggest challenge for me and I'm looking forward to

:43:37.:43:43.

it. And briefly, Boris, the fact he had a match point against Roger in

:43:44.:43:47.

Miami he has to remember it. It should give him reason to be

:43:48.:43:50.

confident, to go out and believe he can win. Boris and Tim, thank you,

:43:51.:43:55.

they are ready to go and we are ready for this second men's

:43:56.:43:58.

semifinal here at Wimbledon and Tim and Boris are on their way to the

:43:59.:44:01.

commentary box to join Andrew Castle.

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ANDREW CASTLE: The 35-year-old Roger Federer has not dropped a set yet,

:44:08.:44:12.

92 tournament victories, and he still loves the game also he first

:44:13.:44:17.

played with that man, his father Robert who is up in the players box,

:44:18.:44:23.

watching his son proudly once again. Tomas Berdych has his whole crew as

:44:24.:44:28.

well. He has been to at least the semifinals of all the Grand Slams

:44:29.:44:33.

now. He has beaten Federer on this stage before. A warm welcome for a

:44:34.:44:37.

former finalist. TIM HENMAN: One thing we did not

:44:38.:45:59.

touch on, Boris, was movement. We talk about the attacking skills of

:46:00.:46:03.

the top players but they all defend well and the defensive skills of

:46:04.:46:06.

Berdych could definitely be tested today.

:46:07.:46:49.

BORIS BECKER: Not by much, a brave attacking backhand from Berdych.

:46:50.:47:11.

Likely to be a fair amount of support early on in this match for

:47:12.:47:18.

Tomas Berdych. Federer comes in as such a heavy favourite, people would

:47:19.:47:19.

love to see a match here. Berdych could not have hit that

:47:20.:47:45.

approach shot much deeper but he still got past. --

:47:46.:47:56.

Stefan Edberg in the coaching box next to his mum. And on the left was

:47:57.:48:31.

a former French player. Close. To getting his first break of

:48:32.:49:18.

the match. Remember Berdych has not played on this court yet. It is so

:49:19.:49:22.

different than any other court in the world.

:49:23.:49:50.

This is some heavy hitting from Berdych, he will perhaps have to do

:49:51.:49:59.

this for three hours or more. Mum, Hannah, back right, dad Martin in

:50:00.:50:06.

the middle. And that is Esther, they will be celebrating the second

:50:07.:50:11.

anniversary on Sunday. That is a good effort. Under pressure.

:50:12.:50:21.

Does the head to head matter a great deal in this? It has been a long

:50:22.:50:27.

time for Berdych seven matches in a row he has lost to Federer although

:50:28.:50:31.

he has beaten him here. He is aware of it and we touched on Miami where

:50:32.:50:36.

he had match point, obviously on a different surface, but Berdych has

:50:37.:50:40.

won on six occasions so he knows he can beat him and he has beaten him

:50:41.:50:45.

on this court. All that is in the past, he has to come out and deliver

:50:46.:50:49.

the goods today. It shows that both players are veterans and they know

:50:50.:50:53.

each other's game inside out and the beauty is they have beating each

:50:54.:50:54.

other before. -- beaten each other. Let's see how

:50:55.:50:59.

Berdych handles the Federer serve. They have played each other 24 times

:51:00.:51:21.

but I watched them practice the Thursday before the tournament on

:51:22.:51:27.

one of the outside courts. I have to say, Federer... He was getting the

:51:28.:51:37.

better of those exchanges. With a twinkle in your high-tech

:51:38.:51:42.

Beautiful exchange, Federer trying to move Berdych from side to side

:51:43.:53:34.

with the approach shot was a bit too much in the middle.

:53:35.:54:13.

Dad Martin was a train engineer in the Czech Republic. And when being a

:54:14.:54:21.

train engineer in the Czech Republic was tough work.

:54:22.:54:29.

His son has done a good job in holding on here in the first couple

:54:30.:54:38.

of service games. A struggle in the first game and saved a break point

:54:39.:54:46.

so a good start for him, 2-1. He is from the eastern side of the Czech

:54:47.:54:55.

Republic. He comes from the same place as Milan Baros, the former

:54:56.:55:02.

Liverpool footballer. His mum was a doctor, his dad was a train

:55:03.:55:07.

engineer. This is not a man who is out there to entertain and sometimes

:55:08.:55:10.

these big men get a hard time in the press that there are not telling

:55:11.:55:15.

jokes like Goran Ivanisevic in the old days but he is a workman on

:55:16.:55:19.

court, Boris. Very much so, different family background. Born a

:55:20.:55:25.

long way behind the Iron Curtain and the upbringing was very different to

:55:26.:55:31.

if you were raised in England or Germany or America and also his

:55:32.:55:36.

personality, very hard-working and disciplined and dedicated, a true

:55:37.:55:39.

professional. But that means at the same time he is not a storyteller,

:55:40.:55:46.

he is not a jokester, nor should he be because he wants to be a great

:55:47.:55:53.

tennis player. The crowd are all coming back in after the first

:55:54.:55:56.

semifinal, this is the second with Federer serving at 1-2, not waiting

:55:57.:56:01.

for the crowd to settle, just getting on with this semifinal.

:56:02.:56:10.

We have seen quite a lot in Federer's matches, he likes to start

:56:11.:56:17.

with that slow one out wide indeed deuce box and by what wonder if the

:56:18.:56:22.

players should cover that more. It depends if they have done their

:56:23.:56:25.

homework, normally you would study the night before with your coaching

:56:26.:56:26.

team. Nowadays they have everything in

:56:27.:56:42.

technology. You can Google up! Google up.

:56:43.:57:03.

He continues to do what he has been doing so well throughout the

:57:04.:57:14.

championship are holding serve easily. He has not dropped a set so

:57:15.:57:19.

far. We saw Rafer Nadal doing the same thing at the French Open. The

:57:20.:57:23.

only has dropped his serve three times in the tournament so far. --

:57:24.:57:29.

he only has dropped. That was Tony Godsick on the left-hand side, a bit

:57:30.:57:34.

of ambush marketing! There is not any more famous via's

:57:35.:57:51.

box. If you are a tennis fan watching anywhere now right in the

:57:52.:57:55.

world. This gentleman won the tournament four times, the great Rod

:57:56.:57:59.

Laver. If you want to promote something, now is the time!

:58:00.:58:21.

How fast was that recovery by Federer? Turning defence into

:58:22.:58:33.

attack. I have to check his passport, I don't believe he is 35!

:58:34.:58:35.

He runs like he is 25! If you want to have a chance against

:58:36.:59:25.

the great man from Switzerland you have to make him run. It does not

:59:26.:59:28.

mean you can win the point easily though.

:59:29.:01:09.

You know what we are seeing here. The constant feeling of pressure

:01:10.:01:19.

building. Up to the job so far. Just hanging on.

:01:20.:02:05.

Federer doing such a great job of biding his time with a slice

:02:06.:02:13.

backhand. Landed right on the baseline. Really checked up. Berdych

:02:14.:02:22.

not in the right position. Berdych has only faced 12 break point in the

:02:23.:02:27.

tournament prior to this match. He has faced two in three service games

:02:28.:02:30.

here. Well done, Berdych, again. A

:02:31.:02:55.

surprising missive from Federer on the forehand side. Going over the

:02:56.:03:02.

lower side of the net. Impressive return from Federer, as well. Deep.

:03:03.:03:09.

Tomas did well to fight that one off.

:03:10.:03:20.

Berdych happy to direct his attack given a choice. To the Federer

:03:21.:03:28.

forehand, it seems. Same strategy. He serves the first one wide. Roger

:03:29.:03:33.

blocks it back. Then he goes for the forehand to control the point.

:03:34.:03:54.

He has had to play 25 points on his serve so far. Sharing the evidence,

:03:55.:04:08.

he is panting quite heavily, feeling the work. -- showing. It is a bit of

:04:09.:04:15.

hard work playing Federer on Centre Court, up to five? If you get up to

:04:16.:04:21.

five. CHUCKLES

:04:22.:04:25.

He got lucky. Federer has had his fair share so far, really. A little

:04:26.:04:39.

help from the net. Nothing Berdych could do about this one, though.

:04:40.:04:51.

Third break point against the Berdych serve.

:04:52.:05:11.

Wow. It's just unbelievable, isn't it? It's almost like he has got

:05:12.:05:26.

three tennis rackets and he is throwing everyone of them at the

:05:27.:05:32.

ball. It's incredible. Berdych is playing great. Defending everyone.

:05:33.:05:37.

But Federer out the anti-everytime. He said it was a wonderful

:05:38.:05:41.

opportunity, Berdych, to play the greatest of them all. It is a great

:05:42.:05:46.

challenge to play Roger Federer. -- but Federer has upped the ante every

:05:47.:05:59.

time. We have isolated some of this play. Tim, have played him. You need

:06:00.:06:05.

good footwork, certainly on a grass court. You cannot always have the

:06:06.:06:08.

perfect balance. Houston he keeps his head on so many shots. -- how

:06:09.:06:17.

still he keeps his head. This is wonderful. 35. Happy to take plenty

:06:18.:06:22.

of time off to take rest. But when he is moving like this to play the

:06:23.:06:26.

ball, it is a rather aesthetically pleasing thing to watch. And you

:06:27.:06:31.

sometimes feel with his age that early on in a set, or tournament, it

:06:32.:06:40.

might take him a bit longer to find his rhythm. But he comes out in a

:06:41.:06:43.

big match. There is no going through the gears. It is straight to the top

:06:44.:06:50.

gear and he starts dominating. I just wonder what top gear is. Cars

:06:51.:06:56.

used to be 50, then you talk about six gear, then Formula 1 cars

:06:57.:07:03.

probably have about eight, nine. He keeps lifting them. -- cars used to

:07:04.:07:21.

have fifth gear, then you talk about sixth gear. Talking about Formula 1,

:07:22.:07:27.

Nico Rosberg is in the crowd. Is this an exhibition, or is it the

:07:28.:07:34.

semifinals of Wimbledon? Because it is the semifinals at Wimbledon he

:07:35.:07:37.

has got himself into the zone early. Dangerous. He does not want to give

:07:38.:07:46.

his opponent the slightest of hope. It is rough for Berdych. Because he

:07:47.:07:50.

has played well. He has come out, timed the ball, been aggressive.

:07:51.:07:54.

They have been on court for 22 minutes, but it seems like 18

:07:55.:07:58.

minutes of it has been Berdych serving. Look at how he is sweating.

:07:59.:08:05.

He has had to change his shirt. And it's quite a cold Friday afternoon.

:08:06.:08:11.

Just 22 minutes. It is a boiling hot summer day for us.

:08:12.:08:34.

That is outstanding. That has to be one of the worst shots he has ever

:08:35.:08:44.

hit. It is always good to have these to remind him. Gutsy for him to try

:08:45.:08:51.

it. That is how much confidence he has. Anything.

:08:52.:09:12.

Venus feeling it now. I thought he was good against Milos Raonic on

:09:13.:09:22.

Wednesday, but he is better today. -- he is feeling it now.

:09:23.:09:41.

Berdych has put his head down. Continue the best he can. This is

:09:42.:09:47.

three out of five sets. There you go. Average service game

:09:48.:10:11.

one minute for Federer. Berdych, half a marathon. Boris thinks that

:10:12.:10:17.

is great. CHUCKLES

:10:18.:11:20.

The return was lucky, but there wasn't any luck in this.

:11:21.:12:22.

He continues to do well, Berdych. He is down a break. Not only the single

:12:23.:12:29.

break. Second semifinal at Wimbledon.

:12:30.:12:40.

Lendl one of his other countrymen to reach the final. 1973 was the

:12:41.:12:47.

boycott year. He comes into this match absolutely ready, he says.

:12:48.:12:52.

Could not be in a better position after that Novak Djokovic

:12:53.:12:57.

retirement. Close matches. But well rested. We know. Is that a picture

:12:58.:13:11.

of Novak Djokovic each on his shoes? Is that an imprint after he kicked

:13:12.:13:16.

him out in the previous round? That was his parting gift. He gave them

:13:17.:13:23.

to Tomas. I wish I could have been playing better, but at least you can

:13:24.:13:27.

play my shoes. Do you think Rafael Nadal gave Sumter Federer? I highly

:13:28.:13:35.

doubt that. -- gave some to Federer. He is not out of it. Such a big

:13:36.:13:42.

hitter. He thumps the ball. New balls, which will change the game up

:13:43.:13:48.

a little bit. Does he go back out wide again?

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The interesting twist is that it is Federer won 92% of first serves and

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100% on second serves. -- the interesting statistic. Just a bit of

:14:21.:14:31.

an advantage. There goes that one, Boris. Yes. What it illustrates is

:14:32.:14:40.

how hard it is to get into a rally with somebody who moves and hits

:14:41.:14:51.

like Federer. First serve percentage is at 80%.

:14:52.:15:12.

That is difficult to do. He makes it look like buttering toast. Good

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tennis from Berdych. If you want to be critical, the approach shot was

:15:22.:15:25.

too short. But it is just the consistency of Federer. Big return.

:15:26.:15:32.

30-30. That is half a chance. Looks to me the seventh double fault

:15:33.:16:14.

only for Federer in this tournament. The first of this match confirmed by

:16:15.:16:15.

some margin. After serving a double fault at

:16:16.:16:47.

30-30, then to hit a second serve, down break point. 109 mph into the

:16:48.:16:50.

corner. Wonderful shot. It is a very good

:16:51.:17:28.

first serve. You mentioned it, Berdych really isn't backing up.

:17:29.:17:34.

Talking about the big muscles getting involved in that.

:17:35.:17:46.

And get a break point just because he can. -- gets a break point.

:17:47.:18:13.

He has had a lot of strong ground strokes deepening up the middle.

:18:14.:18:42.

Serving with new balls. For Federer to lose on his serve, if that is the

:18:43.:18:53.

case... Yes, this is unusual indeed. That double fault closes out the

:18:54.:19:02.

game. There is a silent on Centre Court as his progress is halted. For

:19:03.:19:06.

the sake of the match it may not be a bad thing. Credit where credit is

:19:07.:19:11.

due, Berdych has played a strong game. Created the opportunities. He

:19:12.:19:14.

was gifted that break point. Yes, he can, Boris. Just after five

:19:15.:21:14.

o'clock local time. It has been pretty much one-way traffic. A

:21:15.:21:18.

fantastic passage of play for Berdych, who has been here before.

:21:19.:21:24.

You can tell. A shift of momentum. Federer was in the driving seat. The

:21:25.:21:29.

question was by how much he would win the first set. All of a sudden,

:21:30.:21:36.

new balls, a little bit different, Berdych jumped on a couple of

:21:37.:21:42.

Federer's serves. He was gifted, certainly, by some double faults,

:21:43.:21:48.

breaking the Federer serve. He broke Federer and Novak Djokovic, but lost

:21:49.:21:53.

to Rafael Nadal, nervously, in the final of 2010. But he has vast

:21:54.:21:59.

experience now at the age of 31. It is great to see him on this stage

:22:00.:22:02.

producing his best tennis. Because he had a lock to resist there. Now

:22:03.:22:10.

what from Federer? -- a lot to resist.

:22:11.:22:19.

Serving to stay in this first set, Federer.

:22:20.:23:06.

Most people in here, thought that was going miles out. If they hit

:23:07.:23:12.

something like that at the club it would be going out. But watch the

:23:13.:23:15.

talks in --. Watch the top-spin. Just a small lapse of concentration.

:23:16.:23:56.

Slightly overconfident from Federer. It cost him the serve. But it is

:23:57.:24:03.

back to square one, 5-5. Pretend nothing happened.

:24:04.:25:08.

I was concerned about Berdych's defensive skills, but he has done a

:25:09.:25:15.

great job fighting off those shots from Federer in those rallies.

:25:16.:25:33.

That could be a costly error. It is a bit like a golfer missing a four

:25:34.:25:46.

foot putt. I do not think the bounce was as bad as Berdych made out

:25:47.:25:47.

there. His third challenge of the first

:25:48.:26:17.

set. Federer has no challenges remaining. He will get another

:26:18.:26:21.

challenge if we go to a tie-break. Set up nicely with the big first

:26:22.:26:44.

serve, 127 mph. And with all of the time he needed. Cannot afford to

:26:45.:26:46.

miss those. To the line. I was going to say that

:26:47.:27:08.

I saw Chalke, but they don't have that any more. They call it titanium

:27:09.:27:20.

pigment. I prefer chalk. It is better. Especially when John McEnroe

:27:21.:27:21.

is talking about chalk flying up. It is a tactic Federer has used a

:27:22.:27:51.

lot in this tournament. He did it against steroid, Milos Raonic, and

:27:52.:27:56.

against a big man to go straight at them. Good tactic. -- he did it

:27:57.:28:11.

against Zverev. It is a way to save a couple of break points. The stun

:28:12.:28:19.

gun says 130, but it sounded like 150.

:28:20.:28:45.

I don't think it is that difficult to the crowd want to win -- to work

:28:46.:29:01.

out who the crowd want to win. That is fantastic, isn't it? Well done.

:29:02.:29:12.

Once again, Tomas Berdych. 6-5 first set. He went down a break. He broke

:29:13.:29:17.

when Federer was using the new balls. Now Federer has to serve to

:29:18.:29:22.

stay in the first set. He has no challenges remaining. That could yet

:29:23.:29:27.

be key. He has been quoted as saying that having all of the experience in

:29:28.:29:30.

the world, which he has come is one thing, but he wants to play like an

:29:31.:29:35.

18-year-old sometimes. We saw it earlier with that errant drop shot.

:29:36.:29:38.

He wants to play all of the shots he wants to play. Sometimes he would

:29:39.:29:44.

not like to be so experienced, he would like to play with experience.

:29:45.:29:49.

Berdych sending this one off, or doing his best. But he is hanging in

:29:50.:29:55.

there. Good job. He did well to get a tennis racket on this. No word on

:29:56.:30:01.

Andy Murray, is there? Any word about any scams? No. Fingers

:30:02.:30:09.

crossed. I'm sure in the next couple of days, or certainly soon, he will

:30:10.:30:13.

be seeing a specialist to find out what the problem is. We hope he

:30:14.:30:21.

makes a speedy recovery. And Novak Djokovic, who pulled out with a bad

:30:22.:30:26.

shoulder when he was playing against Milos Raonic.

:30:27.:31:27.

He could have done more with that point. Lucky with the net cord, and

:31:28.:31:35.

had another pretty open forehand. Just over hit it.

:31:36.:31:44.

You don't get many chances against Federer, and the one or two you get,

:31:45.:31:49.

you have to use them. Tie-break to decide the set. It

:31:50.:32:09.

seems like a fair outcome. Federer gets his challenge.

:32:10.:32:24.

I feel this tie-break is more important for Berdych van for

:32:25.:32:33.

Federer. -- more important for Berdych than it is for Federer.

:32:34.:32:55.

He is just pounding the forehand side. Berdych seems to be going to

:32:56.:33:04.

the Federer forehand a lot, and if you are going to do that, you have

:33:05.:33:06.

to go with strength. I think that was a clear tactical

:33:07.:33:17.

masterplan here. He gets the point the old-fashioned

:33:18.:34:29.

way, backhand approach, volley winner.

:34:30.:35:43.

Precision does it. Not necessarily the speed, but aiming it right into

:35:44.:35:47.

the corner. Couldn't get that ball up and down

:35:48.:36:18.

quick enough. Forehand return with slice. Zipping through the court.

:36:19.:36:25.

And just like in the first set before we got to the tie-break,

:36:26.:36:30.

Federer had the advantage and he is paid back again. Two big serves

:36:31.:36:34.

would put Berdych in a tremendous position.

:36:35.:37:00.

That's a bad one. Federer had moved to that side. The coaching camp for

:37:01.:37:14.

Berdych obviously feeling the pain. The mistake was to miss the shot,

:37:15.:37:18.

but I am surprised he keeps going to the forehand.

:37:19.:37:37.

Federer, two points away from the first set, on his own serve.

:37:38.:38:14.

I think she might have tickets for the final two.

:38:15.:38:24.

The ball boy is still looking for the ball.

:38:25.:38:33.

And that is the way. And Federer exclaims his delight. First set, in

:38:34.:38:46.

53 minutes. That wasn't easy. Had a break, squandered it, but got

:38:47.:38:55.

through the breaker. Set to Roger. SUE BARKER: It was tight but Federer

:38:56.:39:02.

is still yet to drop a set that these championships. We will be back

:39:03.:39:05.

with this semifinal in just a moment, where he stays on course for

:39:06.:39:11.

his eighth Wimbledon title, his 19th Grand Slam victory, Roger Federer.

:39:12.:39:15.

We will be back with that, and then tomorrow it is the ladies who will

:39:16.:39:17.

take their place in the sun. I grew up dreaming and reading about

:39:18.:39:37.

Wimbledon. Fresh ice cream. Wimbledon is the Golden Globe you

:39:38.:39:41.

are aiming for. Immediately fell in love with it. This is just heaven.

:39:42.:39:46.

The whole tournament is rare in much the same and there are a lot of

:39:47.:39:51.

awesome things. This tournament is always special. I feel a lot of

:39:52.:39:58.

support. The big stage. You walk on Centre Court and there is such a

:39:59.:40:07.

harsh, before everybody explodes. -- there is such quiet before everybody

:40:08.:40:14.

explodes. Quite a fairy tale. The best part of my life and I don't

:40:15.:40:15.

want that part to end. SUE BARKER: It is the two players

:40:16.:40:28.

who have looked so impressive over the past two weeks. A sixth time for

:40:29.:40:33.

Venus, or a first for Garbine Muguruza? That is tomorrow, but back

:40:34.:40:44.

we go, Federer won set up on Centre Court.

:40:45.:40:51.

Marin Cilic awaits in Sunday's men's final. That is the championship

:40:52.:40:58.

matchup. A great weekend ahead here at Wimbledon.

:40:59.:41:11.

A little credit to Berdych. That was Federer's toughest set of the

:41:12.:41:19.

championship so far. He had to dig a little deeper.

:41:20.:41:26.

I said it was more important for Berdych, because the favourite is

:41:27.:41:33.

clear, Roger Federer. Anything but a victory would be a big surprise.

:41:34.:41:40.

So you want to start with that first set.

:41:41.:42:08.

Well, that gets put into the same draw as that upshot in the first

:42:09.:42:17.

set. Appalling! A delight to four players everywhere. I don't know

:42:18.:42:24.

quite what the rush was to hit the drop volley. Could have easily let

:42:25.:42:25.

the ball bounce. 92 tournament victories worldwide,

:42:26.:43:05.

18 Grand Slam championships. No one has one more. The first victory for

:43:06.:43:11.

Federer was in 2001. He is most famous for arriving with that

:43:12.:43:13.

forehand down the line to beat Sampras on this very court, before

:43:14.:43:17.

he lost to Tim Henman in the quarterfinal. But everybody saw

:43:18.:43:24.

Federer first once upon a time. Even as a junior he certainly had

:43:25.:43:28.

something about him. When he won in Milan in 2001, it was, OK, fine. He

:43:29.:43:37.

was actually a junior with a temper. He broke rackets and screamed.

:43:38.:43:42.

Totally different to what he is now. Something must have changed along

:43:43.:43:48.

the way. I will tell you what happened, his parents said, we are

:43:49.:43:51.

not going to drive you to the tournaments any more, you are

:43:52.:43:54.

embarrassing the family. You can't act like that. We don't want

:43:55.:43:58.

anything to do with you if you do. So that is when he changed.

:43:59.:44:06.

Bjorn Borg was the same. Racket chucking, smasher of equipment.

:44:07.:44:16.

Henman was worse! Banggaard I was well behaved all the

:44:17.:44:30.

time. -- thank God I was well behaved.

:44:31.:44:44.

It is that one again. He will make one by the end of the match. As a

:44:45.:44:54.

player, you have to be stubborn, convinced about your capabilities.

:44:55.:44:57.

Certainly, he has all the reasons too, so he keeps trying the shot

:44:58.:44:59.

until he is going to make it. This time he went to the backhander

:45:00.:45:29.

couple of times. No good. These first ten minutes of the second set

:45:30.:45:33.

are important for Berdych. Federer is serving first and has his nose in

:45:34.:45:38.

front with the first set. An early break here could make it extremely

:45:39.:45:40.

uphill battle. Throwing the ball back. Would have

:45:41.:46:04.

been a great souvenir. The Wimbledon museum here is

:46:05.:46:32.

award-winning, by the way. If you do visit outside of the two tournament

:46:33.:46:38.

weeks, come to the museum. It is excellent. Tim has got some stuff in

:46:39.:46:43.

there, and I'm sure you have, too, Boris. I do.

:46:44.:47:19.

For the grass tennis historian, I love the way Federer uses every

:47:20.:47:26.

aspect of the game. The backhand slice, the drop shot, he stays back,

:47:27.:47:30.

serves and volleys. He is really the full Monty.

:47:31.:47:37.

That is what makes him so difficult to play against, because he has so

:47:38.:47:42.

mini different games that can hurt you. -- he has so many different

:47:43.:47:48.

games. A great second serve from Federer

:47:49.:48:11.

but it is amazing how effective the kick-serve is on grass. In the old

:48:12.:48:15.

days, when the ball would skip through, that really reared up.

:48:16.:48:58.

Not always technical, but there are things you can take from the

:48:59.:49:06.

analysis of all of the plays. It is all put into the Hawk-Eye system.

:49:07.:49:13.

And it is how a player backs up the big serve. You can say a 140 mph

:49:14.:49:20.

serve, it is not everything. It is how you place it. Federer's

:49:21.:49:24.

placement is something you have both talked about. This is extremely

:49:25.:49:29.

accurate on both sides. Going out wide, 60% of the time. 63% on the

:49:30.:49:38.

left. What does he do when the ball comes back into play? He hits the

:49:39.:49:42.

forehand 90% of the time, the shot he wants to get into play. And look

:49:43.:49:47.

where he is distributing the ball. It is a bit like the wagon wheel in

:49:48.:49:51.

cricket, that is where he is hitting it. To the corners, to the lines,

:49:52.:49:56.

and the work on the ball as well with the top-spin. The serving

:49:57.:50:00.

statistic is interesting because against a big man, someone like

:50:01.:50:04.

Berdych with a long reach, when you are going wide it has to be accurate

:50:05.:50:09.

because they can get onto it. I am surprised Federer has not used the

:50:10.:50:12.

body serve more, but maybe that is something he is keeping up his

:50:13.:50:17.

sleeve for later in the match. I think he wants to get Berdych out of

:50:18.:50:22.

the court, out of position. Berdych on the run is not as effective as

:50:23.:50:24.

when he has time. A couple of fast returns, one of the

:50:25.:52:10.

second serve at 35 and 15, and that one off a 125 mile-per-hour first

:52:11.:52:13.

serve, gives Federer the first break point opportunities of the set.

:52:14.:53:15.

Strong return by Federer, taking the ball on the rise. Not giving Berdych

:53:16.:53:20.

the time to set it up. This is exciting, this is

:53:21.:54:14.

entertaining, this is how you play on grass. Don't you think with

:54:15.:54:19.

Berdych's first serve, when it is that powerful and Federer is

:54:20.:54:22.

blocking it back, there is an opportunity for Berdych to serve and

:54:23.:54:28.

volley? Absolutely. Not every serve, but every second or third serve.

:54:29.:54:49.

Well, how he managed to get to this one and to whip the forehand, I am

:54:50.:54:58.

not sure. Really nothing wrong with that from Berdych, and that was line

:54:59.:55:02.

ball, and Berdych still cannot get out of his own service game.

:55:03.:55:48.

Another feather in the cap of the big man from the Czech Republic.

:55:49.:55:54.

Over five minutes, and that is why they stand. His coach, Stepanek, has

:55:55.:56:06.

been added to the team recently. Stepanek took a player to 29th in

:56:07.:56:11.

the world in singles. So he has the full team up there. A physio.

:56:12.:56:38.

It is becoming a very physical contest, both players having to work

:56:39.:56:42.

hard on their points. She may be watching her husband in

:56:43.:57:14.

the Wimbledon final on their anniversary on Sunday. Either that,

:57:15.:57:25.

or they could be at home in Monte Carlo. This set will go a long way

:57:26.:57:30.

to deciding that. If he loses it, he will be in real trouble. He is

:57:31.:57:31.

hanging in at the moment. Long service game, Berdych, quite a

:57:32.:57:55.

quick one for Federer. It all serves to build momentum in a set.

:57:56.:58:14.

Berdych has the expression and the walk of a man who has been through

:58:15.:58:25.

the mill already. Been on the ropes a couple of times. He has taken some

:58:26.:58:32.

body shots. And there is another. Second semifinal of the

:58:33.:58:41.

Championships. Federer, of fiercely this is one of the sporting stories

:58:42.:58:47.

of all time. But a year ago, he lost to Milos Raonic in the semifinal. He

:58:48.:58:53.

immediately took six months off. You cannot take six months off and then

:58:54.:59:01.

win the Australian Open. Then he wins Indian Wells and Miami, two

:59:02.:59:06.

massive tournaments. Then he takes the whole of the clay-court season

:59:07.:59:11.

of, plays a bit of grass, and now this again. It is an amazing story.

:59:12.:59:16.

He is playing tournaments and winning them, seemingly at will,

:59:17.:59:21.

Boris. Normally after six months off, the golden rule is that it

:59:22.:59:25.

takes as much to come back to where you left. He left in pain with knee

:59:26.:59:29.

trouble and needed to recover, so for him to prolong his career, it

:59:30.:59:36.

was to do just that. Talking about prolonging careers, we must mention

:59:37.:59:43.

Sir David at Umbro, who has won BAFTAs in black-and-white, colour,

:59:44.:59:49.

HD and 3-D. He is an absolute legend. -- Sir David Attenborough.

:59:50.:59:56.

This broadcast would not be the same without him. He was the man who put

:59:57.:00:01.

colour cameras into Centre Court. Great to see him in the Royal Ox. It

:00:02.:00:06.

is great to see one legend watching the other. Maybe that was the

:00:07.:00:10.

attraction. The match each other for cases in

:00:11.:00:47.

this match. -- aces. Started to see that Berdych is

:00:48.:01:29.

moving a little bit heavier now. He has been running like a rabbit, but

:01:30.:01:34.

we are starting to see the effect. Federer had all of the time in the

:01:35.:03:14.

world take a passing shot. He picked a lob.

:03:15.:03:27.

It is the second-half volley he has had to play off the baseline. That

:03:28.:03:40.

is Martin Stepanek there. Berdych's coach. Delighted with what this man

:03:41.:03:43.

has done to start this game. Interesting when Federer is in doubt

:03:44.:04:08.

he comes to the net. Berdych is challenging the call.

:04:09.:04:22.

Berdych has two challenges remaining.

:04:23.:04:42.

Hello. What ever you can do. Tremendous tactical awareness from

:04:43.:05:05.

Berdych. Not exactly inexperienced, is he? A finalist in 2010. And a

:05:06.:05:13.

semifinalist last year. He was out after three straight sets quite

:05:14.:05:20.

easily. Short in the rallies. Keeping them nice and tight. And

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again. Great response, isn't it, to the

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disappointment of the first set? Stop it. That's ridiculous. Look at

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the height over the net. Then look at where it landed. On the other

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side of the court. It was an unbelievable shot. The angle. Now

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break point at 3-3. It is a tough game, mentally, this, for Berdych.

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He has hit so many great shots and so many great returns. He has had

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break point opportunities and might have nothing to show for it.

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They great champion. Three times a finalist against you, Boris. They

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were amazing matches to watch. And I still can't remember many better

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backhand players than him. He never gave you any forehand to serve out,

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didn't he? He showed a lot of backhand. Yes. He had an open grip.

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Looking to serve you -- looking for you to serve him on the backhand.

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One of the great movers of the game. And a fine man. It used to be easier

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to play somebody that you do not like. But we got on really well off

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the court. Even though we had so many Wimbledon finals. We had so

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much respect despite that. Did you talk much? There wasn't any friction

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on the court. No drama. No nasty mess. With some players you have

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that. I don't want to mention any names, we all know them. But for

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this guy it was always all about the sport, which I love.

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Cilic awaits the final come his first Wimbledon final. -- Cilic

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awaits the final, his first Wimbledon final. And believe me he

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will be watching this. First set, we saw Federer take the

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early lead. He was experimenting. Expressing himself. He looked

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supremely confident. There was payback with a tough tie-break.

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Certainly times in Tomas Berdych's Korea where losing that first set,

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and being under so much pressure, might have told. -- career. But he

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has not gone anywhere in this second set. He is still standing his

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ground. No, no, stop it.

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CHUCKLES That is one of those which really

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only Federer plays. You are meant to move your feet.

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LAUGHTER Not just flick the wrist.

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STUDIO: Federer goes ahead. We are leaving this night on BBC One

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because it is time to go to the news. But it continues right now

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over on BBC Two. This semifinal continues right now over on BBC Two.

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Federer and Berdych are fighting it out for a place in the final, but

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earlier today it was Cilic, the number seven seed, who booked his

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place and his first Wimbledon final, beating Sam Querrey in four

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place and his first Wimbledon final, beating Sam Querrey in four sets.

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This was match point. Keep an eye out for an amazing celebration. Yes!

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That's it from Cilic. That is what it means to him to be in the

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Wimbledon final. He has only got to the quarters before, but he has

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booked his place. The former US Open champion celebrating on Centre Court

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earlier today. Cilic is through. Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych are

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battling it out, that's both on BBC Two. We also have plenty of mixed

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doubles action to come with Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis. And the

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defending champions. They will be playing in the mixed doubles

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semifinals, as well. Then we look ahead to tomorrow and a wonderful

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ladies final between five-time champion Venus Williams... The

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ladies final, that is. That is it today from us on BBC One. But the

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semifinal between Federer and Berdych continues over on BBC Two.

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Goodbye.

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