/Wimbledon: Roger Federer Shapes Up as Man to Beat in Semifinals

Wimbledon: Roger Federer Shapes Up as Man to Beat in Semifinals

Federer returned to the tour on the grass courts of Stuttgart, Germany, and lost his first match, to the semiretired Tommy Haas. But Federer regained his form a week later in Halle, Germany, and has continued to improve throughout this tournament.

“That was the idea, that the second week of Wimbledon is that I would feel my best,” he said. “I feel like it’s coming along nicely, to be quite honest.”

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Marin Cilic as he advanced to the semifinals with a win over Gilles Müller. Cilic will meet Sam Querrey of the United States.

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The third-seeded Federer’s remaining path to the title wends through giants — in stature, if not accomplishments. He will next face the 6-foot-5 Tomas Berdych, the No. 11 seed, who advanced when second-seeded Novak Djokovic retired while trailing, 7-6 (2), 2-0, in their quarterfinal. A pair of 6-6 players — seventh-seeded Marin Cilic and 24th-seeded Sam Querrey — meet in the other semifinal Friday.

Berdych, a Wimbledon finalist in 2010 and a semifinalist last year, has not beaten Federer since…

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