I don’t think Tomas Berdych could have done too much more today! He always tends to give Federer a decent game and this was no exception! He can probably count himself unlucky to not have won a set here, but that is all it would have been as Federer always had the edge on him. The match was of high quality, Federer coming out of the traps with lightning pace as he broke Berdych early on. The Fed-Ex actually relinquished his serve before eventually winning the first set on a breaker. The second set followed a similar pattern, without the breaks of serve, again Federer taking the tie-break. From the moment Federer saved break points at 15/40 at *2/3 in the third with aces it was game over! He broke the Czech in the very next game and that was that! It must have been deflating for Berdych who tried everything to give himself a punchers chance!
Marin Cilic kept up his side of the bargain with a 4 set win over Sam Querrey. Querrey hung with him in the first and from a winning position in the tie-break Cilic hit two backhand errors back to back to gift the American the set. He reasserted his authority in the second, bossing Querrey to level it up! He could have won this in straights and after trading breaks in the third the Croat took a huge tie-break. He trailed it *2/3 before really stepping it up with a huge point that pulled Querrey all over the court, the American did well to stay in the point as long as he did. 5 straight points did the job! Querrey broke at the start of the fourth but Cilic was too strong by the end of it, breaking twice to take the set 7/5 and the match with it.
It goes without saying that Cilic will have to serve well on Sunday, thats a given, he will also have to continue to be aggressive off the ground. It is an uphill battle, but he did beat Fed on the way to winning the US Open in 2014 and held match points here last year in the Quarter-Finals. Federer for his part has looked virtually flawless and is still yet to drop a set. Mentally, both players have looked in peak condition under any pressure they have encountered so far!
The mixed doubles final will feature a pair of Brits, who will be on opposite sides of the net. Jamie Murray/Martina Hingis will face Henri Kontinen/Heather Watson, the latter looking to retain their title from last year. Murray/Hingis go in as the favourites though!
Andy Del Potro