Wimbledon 2017: Federer waltzes into semifinals

Roger Federer says he is a different player

Roger Federer says he is a different player

Roger Federer is in the Wimbledon semifinals for the 12th time.

Federer next plays Tomas Berdych on Friday for a place in the final after the Czech world No.15 benefited from Novak Djokovic retiring injured midway through their quarter-final earlier on Wendnesday. He won the first of his six Australian Open titles in 2008, and won four straight majors from the 2015 Wimbledon tournament through last year's French Open.

Djokovic had received repeated on-court treatment for a shoulder problem during the tournament, but confirmed "it's the elbow that already keeps bothering me for over a year and a half actually".

The Swiss, who turns 36 next month, played his best tennis of the tournament to dismantle the big-serving Canadian who knocked him out at the semi-final stage previous year.

"I think we looked at some stats compared to - I don't know today what it was - but compared to last year at Wimbledon to this year".

"I was able to perform up to this stage". The serve and forehand were the shots where I could feel it the most.

"I was able maybe for 30 minutes to play with some pain that was bearable, let's call it that way". Everybody thought that previous year was the last chance for him, then he had a knee injury and took six months off.

True, he is the most successful of the lot but he is also the oldest and the only one of the group who skipped the whole of the clay court season to be ready for another huge push for his eighth title in SW19.

The 12-times major victor said there was no point in going on when his serve and forehand were so severely undermined.

"At the end of the day, this is something I have to deal with and accept it", he said, declining to say what his immediate treatment plan was.

After that, and once his work was done on the hard courts - he also won the Indian Wells and Miami titles - he left the clay to Nadal. I can look at this quarterfinal in a totally relaxed fashion. "I have got to bring the intensity and focus that I have shown throughout this tournament".

A masterclass. I can't believe he is playing at that level at the age of 35.

"I think it's just really about taking it one step at a time", Raonic said on facing Federer right after his come-from-behind win over the talented Zverev.

"I'm playing very well. I'm happy my dream run continues and we'll see what happens next".

American Sam Querrey will play Croatia's Marin Cilic in the other semi-final.

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