Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4) 6-4
Roger Federer was challenged for the first time at Wimbledon before defeating Tomas Berdych to reach his 11th final.
The 35-year-old still has not dropped a set but he survived several tense moments on his way to a 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 victory.
Federer will face Marin Cilic on Sunday, bidding to win a record eighth title at the All England Club and to become the oldest men’s singles Wimbledon champion of the open era.
Earlier in the, Cilic powered past Sam Querrey to book his place in the final.
Querrey had knocked out the limping Andy Murray in the previous round on Centre Court but another shock proved beyond the American as Cilic prevailed 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 7-6 (7/3) 7-5.
It was less of a routine victory than the score suggests. Querrey snatched the first set and very nearly took it to a fifth only for Cilic to break at the crucial moment to seal victory after two hours and 56 minutes.
Cilic is the first Croatian to go the distance at Wimbledon since Goran Ivanisevic beat Tim Henman to reach the Wimbledon final in 2001. He will await the winner of Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych, who contest Friday’s second semi-final.