To suggest there may be life beyond tennis for Roger Federer seems nearly like heresy, but the greatest ever grasscourt player's thoughts strayed in that direction on Friday after he set yet another Wimbledon record.
Sam Querrey is enjoying his moment after making the semifinals, and has been patiently and politely answering media questions. "But, unfortunately, I faced a guy who is playing by far the best tennis right now", he said.
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Whether that might set a precedent for Sunday is another matter for the spectacularly rejuvenated Federer.
Meeting Cilic in the 2017 Wimbledon finals will be arguably the greatest men's player on grass ever in Switzerland's Roger Federer.
"I can't nearly believe it's true after what's already happened this year".
Roger Federer gets a kick out of seeing what sports greats and celebrities make it into the Royal Box at Centre Court.
World number five, Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets in the semi-final to reach his 11th Wimbledon final on Friday.
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Federer served consecutive aces to fend off two break points at 2-3 in a second set which drifted to another tiebreak.
Cilic advanced earlier, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 over American Sam Querrey. Only ten players have played in more.
Since equaling Pete Sampras and William Renshaw (who played in the 1880s) with a seventh trophy at Wimbledon in 2012, Federer has come this close before to No. 8.
The second men's semifinal match at Wimbledon has started.
"Williams will face Garbiñe Muguruza, 23, who had little trouble dispatching Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1, on the strength of a reliable first serve and profitable ventures to the net: Muguruza won 18 of the 24 points in which she approached the net".
Still, it's the mental side of things that matters for Cilic, according to the only Croatian man to win Wimbledon, Goran Ivanisevic. Cilic won the third set and yelped with delight.
Federer has 18 Grand Slam titles, including seven at Wimbledon.
Federer, contesting a record 12th Wimbledon semi-final, broke serve in the fifth game when he whipped away a forehand. "He crushed me at the US Open in 2014, he played lights out - hopefully he doesn't do that again".
Federer still has some way to go if he is to match the longevity of Rosewall's incredible career as the Australian was 39 when he lost the 1974 final to brash youngster Jimmy Connors.