Roger Federer is in a Wimbledon final for the 11th time in his illustrious career, after beating stubborn Czech opponent Tomas Berdych 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-4 in the semi-final of the tournament.
Berdych beat Federer in the quarter-final stage of the tournament in 2010 and gave the Swiss star some tough times during their semi-final, but Federer raised his game to get over the line and become the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Ken Roswall in 1974. Speaking after entering the final, Federer said, “I feel very privileged to be in another final. I’ve got the pleasure to play on Centre Court another time. I can’t believe it’s almost true again. I’m happy to have a day off to reflect on what I’ve done at the tournament.”
Federer is now one victory away from holding two grand slams at one time, a feat which he last achieved in 2010. He won the Australian Open earlier this year, and has entered his 29th Grand Slam final. Losing to Milos Raonic in the semi-finals of the tournament last year and looking like age was finally catching up with him, Federer has managed to roll back the clock in glorious fashion and is showing no signs of letting up.
On being asked in the post match press conference how long he plans to carry on for, Federer said, “Health has definitely a role to play in my decision-making, no doubt about it. As I move forward, I’ll be very cautious of how much I will play, how much I think is healthy. Then, of course, it’s discussions with my wife about the family, about my kids. Is everybody happy on tour? For the time being, it seems like absolutely no problem, which is wonderful. Then success to some extent also is key for staying out there. This tournament, again, helps me to stay hopefully on tour longer, to be honest.”
Even Federer’s opponent Tomas Berdych was all praise for him after the match, saying, “I don’t see anything that would indicate Roger is getting older. I think he’s just proving his greatness in our sport. … If you look at the other guys who are 35, 36, I think you can very clearly see that age and the years on tour are affecting them. But not with him. He played one Slam [this year]. He won it. He’s playing a second; he’s in the final. I don’t really see anything what you guys are trying to find. So far it’s not there.”