Set Points, Wimbledon 2016 Day 10: Federer back from the brink, sets up Raonic showdown

Wednesday was quarter-finals days for the men with Centre Court having an amazing day with two five setters. Today is my last day of leave from work… the last three weeks have been amazing 🙂 I’ve got a few final posts to wrap up for Wimbledon 2016. I’m hoping to co-ordinate my lunch break tomorrow to watch some of the women’s semi-finals and then i’ll be back on the tennis court in the evening for the first time in ages, ready to perfect my backhand slice! A women’s final preview will be up at some point. Read on for Wednesday’s Set Points…

Set PointsRoger Federer came from two sets down and saved three match points to beat Marin Cilic, 6-7(4) 4-6 6-3 7-6(9) 6-3 in three hours and 17 minutes. Cilic outplayed Federer in the first two and a half sets as the Swiss player struggled to make any inroads on return. I was impressed though with how well Federer battled and managed to put the seed of doubt into Cilic’s head. Federer clawed his way out of a *0-40 deficit at 3-3 in the third set before breaking Cilic’s serve for the first time in the next game by virtue of a double fault.

The fourth set went to a tiebreak with both players missing break points during the set. Cilic missed two match points, one at 5-4* 40-30* and another one at 6-5 40-30*. Perhaps he could have done better with a Federer second serve. The fourth set tiebreak was absolutely mad… Federer missed a forehand on a set point and then had to stave off another match point before forcing a decider. I did laugh at the finger wag haha

Federer came up with a couple of special shots during the match. This had to be the best of the lot.

This was a tough one on Cilic, particularly with the crowd. A great escape though from Federer. Here are the highlights of the match.

This was the first time that Cilic has lost a match from two sets up.

I’m still laughing at this haha!

Federer will play Milos Raonic in the semi-finals after the Canadian player defeated Sam Querrey in four sets, 6-4 7-5 5-7 6-4. Raonic once again produced some remarkable stats with 58 winners to 16 unforced errors.

This was brilliant!

One of the highlights of this match was John Inverdale and Peter Fleming being paired on the commentary. After they did the Wawrinka-Gasquet QF at Wimby last year, I was pretty certain that Fleming couldn’t stand Inverdale! Goodness knows why they put them together again. Here’s hoping the BBC don’t give Inverdale the women’s final like last year…

Federer v Raonic should be a competitive semi-final, much more so than the Wimby semi-final they played in 2014 which Federer won, 6-4 6-4 6-4. I’d be inclined to say this will be Raonic’s time to reach a Slam final.

The second semi-final will be contested between Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych. Murray overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6(10) 6-1 3-6 4-6 6-1 in three hours and 54 minutes. There was some super tennis in this match particularly in the first set tiebreak. BBC (Jokers!) decided to switch channels during the tiebreak.

Tsonga played some great stuff to come back from two sets down but after missing a break point in the opening game of the decider, folded a tad as Murray rolled through the fifth set in the end. A great day for the Centre Court crowd but not so much for the court, which looked pretty rough at the end after two men’s five setters.

Berdych beat first time Slam quarter-finalist, Lucas Pouille, 7-6(4) 6-3 6-2 over on No.1 Court. While i’ve felt mehhh to Berdych this year with his inability to perform against the top players (he has lost his last 15 matches against top 5 players), he’s done well to recover from the double bagel he was dished by David Goffin in Rome just two months ago. Also, it is worth noting that he’s made the quarter-finals of all three Slams in 2016.

Boom indeed, i’m still chuffed for Elena Vesnina who will compete in the women’s singles semi-finals on Thursday, first up against Serena at 1pm.

Vesnina was back in action on Wednesday, winning through to the women’s doubles quarter-finals where she’ll play Serena again on Thursday!

Unfortunately Vesnina was forced to pull out of the mixed doubles.

Credit to the Wimbledon YouTube account for posting so many press conference highlights. Here is Serena from yesterday.

And also Yaroslava Shvedova… I can’t remember hearing her speak before!

Next week will be the inaugural Ladies Championship in Gstaad (TENNIS. NEVER. STOPS). It’s a gorgeous setting…

Good morning Switzerland 😎

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7 thoughts on “Set Points, Wimbledon 2016 Day 10: Federer back from the brink, sets up Raonic showdown

  1. Gutted for Cilic and Tsonga buuut I think Raonic and Berdych have pretty good chances against Federer and Murray. Raonic is red hot right now and Berdych will likely feel zero pressure against Murray.

    I had Raonic or Cilic making the final against Murray so my predictions are still pretty strong on this side.

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      • Yeah, not sure why a Berdych v Federer final feels somewhat underwhelming. I do think Raonic needs to come of age at some point, and this tournament could be it.

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    • Raonic is being less Gladiatorial this time around which I like. Against Roger, it will be helpful, he can weave himself around the emotions and spectators on court. I feel that is what will be key, temperament control especially in crucial moments. But, how often does Federer comeback from such a deficit!? He must be feeling good about his game.

      Tsonga has played some good tennis, but I always believed Murray was going to make the semis at least. It has been some really solid tennis from all four semi-finalists.

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  2. James,I wish someone would put a ‘sock’ in Andew Castle’s mouth,I cannot stand his commentary,he always interject’s other commentators,give me the Voice of Wimbledon…..John Barrett anyday,even though I know he retired many years ago.Okay I got that off my chest:) moving on quickly……

    I picked Murray to win Wimbledon this year,I hope I didn’t jinx him:)…..

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  3. Hmm…Vesnina can beat Williams, but the question is, Will Vesnina be able to beat Williams. Luckily or not she gets two tries, though I think the doubles is more likely to be the charm.

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    • Yeah I love that Vesnina plays her twice today.
      I feel so conflicted on the doubles side because I want Garcia/Mladenovic and Williams sisters all to make the finals and they’re in the same half…

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