Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after his quarter-finals match win against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland (Getty Images)
Seventeen times grand slam winner Roger Federer inched a step closer towards clinching his eighth Wimbledon title. In an all-Swiss battle against No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka, Federer found his classic touch to make his ninth semi-finals appearance at All England Club. Federer fought back to win the match in four sets after losing the opening set 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.
All eyes has been on Roger Federer to add to his tally of 17 majors this time around at Wimbledon. And the spectators were not left disappointed with the way Federer played on the centre court. Starting off to a slow start against the countryman and Swiss No. 1 Stan Wawrinka, Federer had an uneasy ride before losing the first set to Wawrinka 6-3.
Federer did not have it easy in the second set as well as Wawrinka kept things tight for the seven time Wimbledon champ. But the Swiss master played long rallies and forced Wawrinka into make mistakes. He was his calm self as he took the second set in tie-breakers to square the match.
The third set saw Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka keeping their service for the first three games each but it was Federer who drew the first blood to break Wawrinka and take 4-3 lead. The sole break point of the third set proved good enough for Federer as he took the set 6-4.
Federer continued his onslaught against Wawrinka in the fourth set as his camp cheered along with the spectators. Roger broke early and did not allow Wawrinka any sort of comeback in the set. But the drama escalated at the end of the match as Wawrinka saved four match points before succumbing to Federer’s game.
Roger Federer will play the winner of Nick Kyrgios and Milos Raonic. Earlier No. 11 seed Grigor Dimitrov defeated defending champion Andy Murray to book place in the semis. He would face another quarter-finals match winner top seed Novak Djokovic who defeated No. 26 seed Marin Cilic.