He will play No. 7 seed Marin Cilic, who outslugged No. 24 Sam Querrey, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5. If Federer wins, he will become the only man to win eight Wimbledon singles titles, and he will add one more to his record of 18 major championships.
He came into the tournament among a group of four men considered the favorites, including No. 1 Andy Murray, No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 Rafael Nadal, the so-called Big Four. But only Federer, who skipped the clay-court season, made it to the semifinals, and he did so looking as sharp and fluid as he did in the last decade when he vacuumed up the bulk of his trophies.
He has not lost a set in his first six matches at the All England Club, and he has lost only two matches all year.
Most times when Federer takes the court, fans will witness an array of some of the most graceful and even stupefying shots, especially on grass, where he has excelled more than any other surface.
All of those were on display against Berdych, from Federer’s balletic backhand to some spirit-crushing, acutely angled forehands. During the second set, Federer stretched to reach a deep ball on his backhand that…