Roger Federer advances after magical rally at Wimbledon

It seemed as if he was powerless to prevent Marin Cilic from driving him off the court in the quarter-final and out of Wimbledon. At age 94, it had had itself a day.

After Roger Federer's thrilling 5-set win in the quarterfinals in which he erased a 2-0 deficit, he still has a shot to add to his record of 17 career Grand Slam championships. To force a fifth, Tsonga saved three break points at 3-4 and broke Murray in the next game with back-to-back winners down the line.

The first set was tight, Cilic saving the only break points created in the fifth game with a deft volley and a huge serve, and was settled on a tie-break when the Croat raced into a 5-0 lead.

They both got none of those, of course.

It means the Swiss is now two wins away from overtaking Pete Sampras's seven Wimbledon triumphs and he will now play Canada's Milos Raonic for the chance to seal his 18th grand slam title.

Already trailing two sets to none, he was down love-40 while serving at 3-all in the third. Murray won, 7-6 (12-10), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, under clouds.

After getting to her first Wimbledon semifinal since 2009, and first at any Grand Slam tournament since a year later, she was asked what she learned in recent times, while dealing with an energy-sapping disease and a series of earlier-than-usual exits from majors.

Further, their extraordinary consistency has wreaked built-in advantages.

Federer's semifinal and likely final - if he makes it - are also against opponents he has a great record against.

Raonic said his aim entering Wimbledon was to win, and he's aware that even if he beats Federer there will be another tough test in the final before he reaches his goal.

Roger Federer came from two sets down to reach his 11th Wimbledon semifinal and 40th overall in grand slams
CLIVE BRUNSKILL GETTY IMAGES Roger Federer came from two sets down to reach his 11th Wimbledon semifinal and 40th overall in grand slams

One of the greatest Wimbledon comebacks of all time was sealed when Federer sent an ace firing past Cilic, who looked deflated as the ball crunched past him, whilst the crowd could hardly contain their joy. His double fault to end the third set produced sheer rapture. He's no longer ranked No. 1.

The second-seeded Murray prevailed 7-6 (12-10), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1 and plays No. 10 Tomas Berdych in Friday's semifinals.

"I don't remember coming back from two sets to love here".

The most memorable drama of the day unfolded between Federer and Cilic, with spectators including David Beckham and Bradley Cooper.

"On the return he was reading my serve". Or another 10 minutes after that, when Cilic held a third match point. Federer, of course, is thinking the same thing. I don't think I played too bad, I just didn't serve very well. Legs start not to move, so you have to actually try to focus on the game that you need to play rather than the occasion.

Roger Federer believes his stunning five-set escape against Marin Cilic proves he has the stamina to win a record eighth Wimbledon title. "At the end, I got it done". "I have very clear objectives for myself, goals that are beyond this tournament".

His mood would have darkened knowing that he lost a set in which he had not faced a single break point.

"I knew that he's not going to back off when we go in the fifth set". "He won four games in a row to win the fourth". Then he come back to Andy.

"I've improved in every aspect (since 2014)". With each player, there are questions surrounding them that promise to be answered on Friday, with the Raonic/Federer match the more mysterious of the two. With a raucous crowd cheering for the underdog, Federer spoiled the party and ended Willis' fairytale run.

The VIP guests usually enter from Gate 13, which is where most media go through as well because it is where tournament transport drops us off. It's also where the paparazzi hang out waiting for the celebrities to show up.

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