After dismantling Milos Raonic is methodical fashion on Wednesday, Roger Federer is headed to his 12 Wimbledon semifinal. And as he continues to chase his eighth title and first since 2012 at the All-England Club, he’ll have to get past Tomas Berdych, who has advanced this far just twice in his career.
Here’s a look at when and where to watch the semifinal matchup:
Date: Friday, July 14, 2017
Start Time: After Querrey vs. Cilic, which starts at 1 p.m. local/8 a.m. ET
TV Channel, UK: BBC One or BBC Two
TV Channel, United States: ESPN. Live stream information can be found here
TV Channel, Worldwide: You can click here for a list of international broadcasters
While World Nos. 1 and 2 Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were either slowed (Murray) or stopped completely (Djokovic) by injury, the 35-year-old Federer continues to look as strong as ever. He has still yet to lose a set this tournament, and with the way he’s playing, even a perfect performance on the other side of the net may not be enough to stop him.
That’s bad news for Berdych, who makes his second straight trip to the Wimbledon semifinals after Djokovic was forced to retire with an injury. The 31-year-old hasn’t been nearly as dominant, as he needed four sets to get past Jeremy Chardy and Ryan Harrison, and five to up-end Dominic Thiem.
These two have met 24 times in their careers, with Federer holding an 18-6 advantage and a seven-match winning streak. That said, Berdych did beat Federer in the quarterfinals here in 2010, a time when Fed-Ex had won six of the previous seven tournaments at the All-England Club.
So yeah, anything is possible, but it would still be a massive surprise if Federer doesn’t advance to his 11th Wimbledon final. He owned the grass during the prime of his career, and he’s not looking all that different these days.