Roger Federer Wimbledon 2017 latest news, draws, results and upcoming matches: Federer to face Marin Cilic in eleventh Wimbledon final

Leye Aduloju in Wimbledon 14 Jul 2017
  • Roger Federer returns to Grand Slam action at Wimbledon where he will seek an eighth title
  • Federer has not won Wimbledon since 2012
  • The Championships 2017 is live from Wimbledon from 3-16 July
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Roger Federer. (Photo by LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

After sitting out the clay court season, Roger Federer returns to Grand Slam action at Wimbledon, where he will seek an eight title at the All England Club.

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Federer won the last of his seven Wimbledon titles in 2012, but the great Swiss has emerged as an early favourite for the 2017 title after making a stunning return to the sport following a six month absence. After a painful loss to Milos Raonic in last year’s semi-final, during which Federer squandered a two-sets-to-one advantage, the Swiss decided to take the rest of the year off to rest and rehabilitate his ailing knee.

Without any competitive tennis in six months, Federer made a sensational return to action at the Australian Open, ending a four-and-a-half-year Grand Slam drought to win the Australian Open. He didn’t stop there. Federer went on to dominate the rest of the hard court season, adding the Indian Wells and Miami crowns to his collection in a frankly miraculous opening three months of the season.

At 35, Federer cannot be expected to play as much as he used to, and he took a well deserved break from the sport after his Miami success. Federer missed the entire clay court season, a particularly demanding period of the year, and now, back on his most productive surface, he will be looking to carry on from where he left off at the start of April.

Federer’s return did not quite follow the script, as the great man was stopped by German veteran, Tommy Haas in his comeback match in Stuttgart, but he followed that up with a ninth Halle title, sending out a huge statement with a crushing victory over Alexander Zverev in the final.

Federer made his Wimbledon debut in 1999, but it wasn’t until 2001 that he made his first real mark with a quarter final run, famously scoring a five set victory over Pete Sampras in the fourth round.
Federer won his first title in 2003, the start of a five-year reign at the All England Club; he was eventually stopped by Rafael Nadal in that epic final in 2008. Federer however regained the title in 2009, beating Andy Roddick in a gripping final. (Federer took the fifth set 16-14).

His run of seven straight finals was terminated in 2010, when he fell in the quarter finals to Tomas Berdych, and he again failed to cross the last eight hurdle in 2011,surrendering a two-set advantage to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The great Swiss returned to the winners circles in 2012, taking down Andy Murray in the final, but he followed that up with a shock second round loss to Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013- his earliest Wimbledon exit since 2002.

Federer has made the semi-finals or better in each of the last three years, losing back to back finals to Novak Djokovic in 2014 and 2015, before suffering semi-final heartbreak against Raonic in 2016.
He may not have won Wimbledon since 2012, but he has certainly been there or thereabouts in each of the last three years, and given the form he has shown this year, and a well-rested body, Federer goes into The Championships 2017 with an excellent chance of claiming an eighth title at SW19.

Roger Federer's next match at Wimbledon 2017

Roger Federer will face Marin Cilic in the final of The Championships 2017 on Sunday 16 July.

Federer will be playing in his eleventh Wimbledon final as he tries to become the outright holder of the record for most men's singles titles in the Open Era with eight. His last title came five years ago in 2012. 

Federer, the second oldest man in the Open Era to have reached the Wimbledon final at the age of nearly 36 (the oldest was Ken Rosewall in 1974) is yet to drop a set at Wimbledon 2017 and despite what he says to the contrary, is rightly the overwhelming favourite to win the title, which was his to lose since at least the day that Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic both went out at the quarterfinal stage. 

Federer will be facing Cilic, who booked his place in a first Wimbledon final with a four-set victory over Sam Querrey. Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, is just 1-6 against Federer, although that one victory did come at a Grand Slam. They last met in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year when Cilic led by two sets to love before succumbing in five. Will the powerful Croatian, who visibly struggled with his nerves in Friday's semifinals, be able to make it anywhere as near as competitive on Sunday or will Federer's performance in the final reflect the rest of the tournament - a relatively unchallenged cruise to a historic victory?

Latest Roger Federer Wimbledon results

SF: Roger Federer defeats Tomas Berdych 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-4

Federer turned in probably his worst performance of the tournament and still won in straight sets despite a good performance from Tomas Berdych. You can read all about how that happened here.

QF: Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2 7-6

Roger Federer produced another majestic display to blow away Milos Raonic and ease into his twelfth Wimbledon semi-final. 

Federer was playing his 100th match at the All England Club, and he celebrated the milestone with a near-flawless display, hitting smacking 46 winners and giving up just nine unforced errors. He was almost untouchable on serve in the first two sets, dropping just six points on his deliveries, and breaking the formidable Raonic serve three times as he raced to a two-set lead after just an hour. Raonic finally made a contest of it in the third set, earning a first break point in Federer’s opening service game as the Swiss’ level dropped ever so slightly. Federer fended off that danger, but Raonic came hunting again in the eighth game of the set, carving out four more break points.

The Canadian could not convert, and his last chance to stage an unlikely fight-back appeared to have gone with that. However, there was to be one more opportunity in the tie break, as the 26-year-old jumped off to a 3-0. With two mini-breaks in hand, he seemed well on his way to extending the contest, but the glorious Federer attacked his way to parity, and earned a mini-break of his own with a sensational forehand winner that landed flush on the sideline, as confirmed by hawk eye.

Federer brought up two match points with an ace, and victory was confirmed when Raonic tamely miscued a backhand into the tramlines.

When the draws were made, Federer was seeded to play Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, and one of Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray in the final, but the draw has broken up spectacularly for the great Swiss. Federer will play Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals, with the winner going on to face Marin Cilic or Sam Querrey. The seven-time champion is now the odds on favourite to claim an eighth Wimbledon crown, but te 35-year-old has seen enough to know that it's never over until it actually is. 

“Being the favourite or not the the favourite doesn't matter,” he said. “These other guys [Berdych, Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey] are all big hitters. They will have their word to say on the outcome of the matches. They've got big serves, big forehands, big hitters really. All three guys are taller and stronger than I am. I have to figure out a different way, carve my way through somehow with my slice and my spins, my consistency maybe.

Federer vs Berdych is live from Wimbledon on Friday, 14 July.

R4: Roger Federer defeats Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-2 6-4

Roger Federer cruised into his 15th Wimbledon quarter final with a 6-4 6-2 6-4 victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Monday. Federer came into the match with a perfect 5-0 record over Dimitrov, and it soon became apparent that the great Swiss would maintain his dominance over his one-time heir-apparent. In truth, Dimitrov stayed with Federer for the first few games, but the Bulgarian soon began to lose his way, and as well as Federer played, Dimitrov played a big role in his own demise. He struggled on serve, donating seven double faults. Federer, on the other side, encountered no such problems. The great Swiss served at 75%, winning 74% of his first serve points and a very healthy 67% of second serve points.

Federer forced the issue in the ninth game of the set, and converted his third break point of the game, earning a chance to serve for the set at 5-4. The 35-year-old closed out the set to love. Just like he had done in the opening set, Dimitrov matched Federer in the opening three games of the second set, but from being 2-1 up, he tailed off badly, dropping his serve twice as Federer reeled off five games in a row to open up the two-set lead.

When Federer broke in the fifth game of the third set, the match seemed to approach a very swift conclusion, but Dimitrov finally showed some fight to break back for 4-4, finding unfurling a couple excellent forehands to peg Federer back. However, the fightback was short-lived as Federer got his break back in the next game before concluding the win after just 97 minutes.

“He did give me some opportunities and I was happy to take advantage of them,” Federer said, “but most important was for me to really focus on my game and do the right things out there and hopefully it’s going to match up with some bad play by him, that he would feel the pressure, that I would play really well – I thought it was a terrific match for me. I didn’t expect that it would go that easy as it may be looked like.”

Federer next plays big-serving Milos Raonic in a repeat of last year's semi-final.

R3: Roger Federer defeats Mischa Zverev 7-6 6-4 6-4

Roger Federer overcame the challenge of German left-hander, Mischa Zverev to book his place in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2017. Having never lost a set against Zverev in their previous four meetings, Federer looked on course to ease through the opening set when he established a 4-1 lead, but Zverev got the break back, and dragged the great Swiss into a tie break. 

Just like he did against Dusan Lajovic in the previous round, Federer controlled the breaker, limiting Zverev to just three points. Federer broke early in the second and third sets, and unlike the opening set, he offered his German opponent no route back into the contest, closing out the match on his first match point after an hour and 52 minutes.

The great Swiss will take on Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round on Monday.

R2: Roger Federer defeats Dusan Lajovic 7-6 6-3 6-2

Rogr Federer overcame a slow start to defeat Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 7-6 6-3 6-2 to advance into the third round at Wimbledon 2017. Perhaps still a bit cold after his truncated opening round victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov (who retired at 6-3 2-0 down), Federer dropped his opening service game against Lajovic, who had started very confidently. Federer hit back immediatley, but he struggled to shake off Lajovic, who matched the great Swiss from the back of the court and also showed a willingness to come forward.

However, the big players always step up in the decisive moments, and that was exactly what Federer did as he played a magical tie break, rolling through without dropping a point. That settled Federer, and simultaneously punctured Lajovic's resistance. The Serbian did not exactly fall away, but he lost the verve he had displayed in the opening set. Federer broke once in the second set, and two more times in the third to seal the win after 90 minutes.

“I struggled early on,” Federer explained. “I couldn’t get rid of the nerves. It was a pity I couldn’t hold my serve. Even though I got back into the game after that because I broke him, I just struggled in that first set. After that I was happy to get rid of the nerves, just to play some free tennis, more inspired and at the end it was actually pretty good.”

Next up for Federer is a third round tie against German left-hander, Mischa Zverev.

R1: Roger Federer defeats Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 6-0 RET

Roger Federer barely broke sweat as he secured his spot in the second round on Tuesday, with his opponent Alexandr Dolgopolov retiring midway through the second set with an ankle injury that he carried into the tournament.

Despite the short hit-out, Federer looked in superb form on Centre Court, firing 18 winners and 10 aces to earn his 85th singles victory at Wimbledon - the most of any player in the Open Era, overtaking Jimmy Connors.

Roger Federer Wimbledon 2017 draw

Roger Federer's Wimbledon 2017 Draw

RoundProjected Opponent
1Alexander Dolgopolov
2Dusan Lajovic/ Stefanos Tsitsipas
3Mischa Zverev/ Bernard Tomic
4Grigor Dimitrov/ John Isner
QFMilos Raonic/ Alexander Zverev/ Jack Sock
SFNovak Djokovic/ Dominic Thiem/ Tomas Berdych
FinalRafael Nadal/ Andy Murray/ Stan Wawrinka

Roger Federer's Wimbledon record

At a glance: How Roger Federer has performed at Wimbledon

Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Best ResultChampion (2003-2007, 2009, 2012)
Win-Loss record84-11
First Played1999
Main-draw appearances18

Roger Federer's Wimbledon Performance Timeline

YearResultLost to
1999R1Jiri Novak
2000R1Yevgeny Kafelnikov
2001QFTim Henman
2002R1Mario Ancic
2008FinalRafael Nadal
2010Quarter-FinalTomas Berdych
2011Quarter-FinalJo-Wilfried Tsonga
2013R2Sergiy Stakhovsky
2014FinalNovak Djokovic
2015FinalNovak Djokovic
2016Semi-FinalMilos Raonic

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