The tennis records, just like the opponents, are bound to fall.
Federer defeated the Czech Republic’s
"It makes me really happy making history here at Wimbledon," said Federer, 35. "It's a big deal. I love this tournament. All my dreams came true here as a player. To have another chance to go for number eight now, be kind of so close now at this stage, is a great feeling."
In facing Cilic — an opponent he has beaten six times in seven meetings — Federer has a chance to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon. The Swiss star, who a week ago served the 10,000th ace of his career, would surpass seven-time winners William Renshaw and Pete Sampras.
“I feel I’m ready for it,” said Federer, who last won Wimbledon in 2012 when he beat
Federer is the last standing of the top four seeds who have dominated the sport for years, with
Cilic is the second Croatian player, man or woman, to reach a Wimbledon final. The first was Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.
“It would mean absolutely a world to me,” Cilic said of winning Wimbledon. “I feel that when I won the
"It would be absolutely a dream come true to win Wimbledon here."
Querrey was looking to become the first American man to reach a Grand Slam final since
Querrey, who attended Thousand Oaks High, got a long way ... but not quite long enough. Cilic beat him 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5.
"I was actually more nervous against Andy in the quarterfinals," said Querrey, who upset world No. 1 and defending Wimbledon champion Murray on Wednesday. "Today I felt pretty good."
Querrey and Cilic, both 6 feet 6, traded big serves and powerful groundstrokes on Centre Court, with the Royal Box filled with the likes of tennis greats
History was not on Querrey's side. He was looking to become the first No. 24 seed to reach a Grand Slam final. He was only the fourth to get to the semifinals at a major.
"It's been a fun run," said Querrey, 29, who upset Djokovic in the third round at Wimbledon last year. "It's given me some confidence. ... I feel like I've really had some ups over the last year, and hopefully there are more of those to come as I get a little bit older."
Californians at Wimbledon
Querrey and Venus Williams aren't the only Southern Californians making a splash at Wimbledon. Claire Liu, also from Thousand Oaks, is playing Saturday in the girls' singles final.
"I know Claire Liu well," Querrey said. "She practices down in Carson a lot. I probably see her 50 times a year, so I'm stoked for her. She's really good. Hopefully she can take a title tomorrow."
The No. 2-ranked Liu, 17, runner-up last month in the Roland Garros Junior French Championships, will play fellow American Ann Li of Devon, Pa.