Federer comes from two sets down to reach Wimbledon semi-finals

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July 07, 2016
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns to Marin Cilic of Croatia during their men's singles match on day 10 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, yesterday. Federer won 6-7 (4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9), 6-3 (AP Photo)

LONDON (AP):

Roger Federer's bid for a record eighth Wimbledon title remains alive after he came from two sets down and saved three match points yesterday before overcoming Marin Cilic in five sets, advancing to the semi-finals at the All-England Club for the 11th time.

Playing his best when he absolutely needed it most, the seven-time champion finished with his 27th ace to complete a 6-7 (4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9), 6-3 victory on Centre Court against the player who knocked him out in the semi-finals of the US Open two years ago.

"Well, a lot happened out there," Federer said, summing up the three-hour, 17-minute battle filled with tension, momentum swings and crucial points.

"I knew I was in so much trouble in the third, and then again in the fourth," he said. "I'm really, really pleased and just ecstatic I was able to come through somehow."

It was the 10th time in Federer's career that he has erased a two-set deficit to win in five sets. This was also his 80th match win at Wimbledon, which equals Jimmy Connors' record. Federer also matched Connors' record of reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals 11 times.

What's more, Federer is now two wins away from the all-time record for Wimbledon men's titles. He's currently tied with Pete Sampras and 1880s player William Renshaw with seven.

Federer's semi-final opponent will be sixth-seeded Milos Raonic, who lost serve only once and downed number 28 Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 on number one court.

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