On Wednesday’s quarterfinal World No. 3 Roger Federer will face 2014 US Open Champion Marin Cilic on Centre Court in a quest to book a spot in the semifinals at The All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Roger Federer had a rough start to the year where the Swiss no. 1 had to skip the French Open due to a back injury breaking his own record of playing 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. Prior to this, Federer could not defend his Brisbane title to kick off the season and was knocked out of Halle, where he was the champion last year, by Alexander Zverev in the semifinals. This is the first time Federer has entered Wimbledon without a single title in his bag for the year since 2001.
En route to the quarterfinals, Federer has defeated Pella, Willis, Evans, Johnson in R1, R2, R3 and R4 respectively in straight sets. He appeared to slack a little in his first round match where his opponent forced tie breakers in the opening set and the following set, however, the 7-time Wimbledon champion was able to turn the match in his favour in the 3rd set and walked off the court victorious. After that the following matches were won with real ease but Federer appeared to struggle in converting break points against his opponents. He has faced a total of 31 break points and has converted 17.
2015 quarterfinalist Marin Cilic will once again step onto Centre Court to contest for a place in the semifinals for the year’s most prestigious tournament. After winning his maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows back in 2014 against Kei Nishikori, Cilic was only able to win a title at Moscow last season. He enters Wimbledon without a title in his bag.
He has won his initial round matches quite easily only dropping a set against Stakhovsky in R2. He has excelled with his first serve points and has won them with a superior display of technique and skill. His R4 match was played against Nishikori where the Japenese retired hurt giving the Croatian a spot in the last 8 of the tournament. Cilic believes this is another amazing quarterfinal opportunity for him where things look good which is why he feels confident about his game.
The last time both met in the semifinals in 2014 at the US Open, Cilic emerged victorious against Federer. However, this time the match will be fairly based on the power of Cilic’s first serve, which is his strong area, and consequently Federer’s ability to convert break points, since that is his weak area. Both the players appear to be confident in a chance to record a quarterfinal win today. Federer would also have to focus on getting his backhand shots across the net since that is another weak area Cilic can target.
Roger Federer in four tight sets where Cilic will put up a great fight; 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4